On Christmas Songs

They’ve begun to play Christmas songs on the muzak at work. It’s not all Christmas music — we still get the insipid Hillary Duff and Kelly Clarkson songs every twenty minutes — but there’s a nice mix with maybe one out of every three songs being a Christmas song.

And they’re not old Christmas songs, either. No Andy Williams. No Frank Sinatra singing “My Favorite Things” (and can anyone explain to me how that became a Christmas song?).

Instead, we get things like Tom Petty’s “It’s Christmas Time, Again,” a song I really like. Dido’s “Christmas Day,” other modern Christmas song I like.

And then there are the Christmas songs I hate, but it’s not Christmas unless I hear them. Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” is one of those. One of my associates picked out Destiny Child’s “Spread a Little Love on Christmas Day” as another offender we suffer at work.

I wish I had more control over the muzak. I’d like to hear something from BNL’s Christmas album, maybe even something off of Ringo Starr’s I Want to Be Santa Claus, possibly even something off of one of the two albums done by the Fab Four, a Beatles tribute band — Christmas songs done in the style of the Beatles.

But you know what? I’ll take what I can get. Christmas songs! Woo-hoo!

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