Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Questionable Christmas Lyrics

I love Christmas time. When I was young, it was such a magical experience. Watching the holiday specials like Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the animated version) always sparked my imagination. Our house was always so decorated so nicely. My mother had some really neat decorations. There were the blow up reindeers.

She also would hang this mistletoe. Unlike the picture below, ours had a little elf on it. In fact to this day, when I see mistletoe anywhere, I look for a little elf hanging out on top of it.

For many years we had a real Christmas tree which was decorated with blinking multi-colored lights. These were especially cool because my brothers and I would make spaceships out of Legos and fly them around the tree, pretending the lights were lasers shooting at us.

In addition to all of this, it seemed that we always had Christmas music playing. To this day, during the holidays, I listen to Christmas music all the time. As I’ve gotten older, and become more familiar with songs, I’ve raised my eyebrows at a few of the lyrics included in many of the popular songs. Granted, over time, meanings of certain words change, or things that were once considered acceptable, are no longer so. Right away, I’ll give a pass to the word “gay” which is present in several songs. Yes, before it meant “happy”—now, it has taken on a different meaning in the mainstream.

Some of these are humorous, some are serious.

"I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus"
If I saw my wife kissing another man, I wouldn’t find it very funny.
"Little drummer boy"

My big brother is an awesome drummer—so I’m familiar with how loud they can be. As a father who has raised 4 kids, I can’t imagine a situation where someone playing the drums would make a baby happy.

"Winter wonderland"

What kind of neighborhood do you live in where children will knock down your snowman?

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas"

Do we really want to give loaded guns to some boys named Barney and Ben?
"There's no place like home for the holidays"

Some people have a different sense of what’s terrific than I do.
"Feed the world"

Ah, nothing shows the Christmas spirit like being thankful we’re not someone else.
"It's the most wonderful time of the year"

Scary ghost stories? During Christmas? Isn’t that what Halloween is for?
"Baby it's cold outside"

This song is disturbing on several levels. I was debating over this line or “Think of my life long sorrow if you got pneumonia and died.” In other words, he’s telling her don’t leave not out of concern for her, but because of how it would impact him.

"Santa Claus is coming to town"

I don’t like the idea of having people watch me sleep. It’s creepy.

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