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Anyone who works retail has probably had to suffer through weeks of unending Christmas music. If you're lucky, you may at least get to enjoy lots of different songs. If not, you're probably listening to the same tracks over and over. Where I work, it's a combination -- multiple artists, same songs. One day last year, I heard 7 different renditions of Frosty the Snowman in an hour. 

There are some holiday songs I enjoy, but I want to listen to them when I choose to, not be forced to listen to them for hours. And I've seen plenty of posts from shoppers (not just local either) who don't like it either. (And not for any religious or political reasons.)

Although there are a number of Christmas songs I simply do not like, there are 3 in particular which really irk me. 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Baby It's Cold Outside, and My Favorite Things

A cheerful tune almost every kid knows, a song for the more mature crowd, and the cheery song meant to make you feel better from The Sound of Music. What could possibly be wrong with any of them?

I'll start with My Favorite Things. Simply put, it's NOT a Christmas song just because sleigh bells and snowflakes on lashes happen to be some of the favorite things. I'm pretty sure that if four leaf clovers or gold had been in that list we wouldn't start hearing it played on St. Patrick's Day. I really think someone was reaching and in need of one last cover song for their debut CD one day. Of these 3 songs, this is mostly just an annoyance. But I'm really sick of hearing it in December.

Baby It's Cold Outside. I used to like this song, but then I hadn't really given the lyrics much thought. Then a friend pointed out a very good reason to dislike it. Think about it. The woman wants to leave. She had a nice time but she is ready to go before the weather gets worse, and she doesn't want her family thinking bad things about her. Instead of being a gentleman, the guy tells her there's no cabs, so you'll have to stay a little bit longer, and by the way, here's more alcohol... to which the woman later asks what was in the drink, and that maybe she'll stay a little longer. That's not cool.

And lastly, Rudolph. Rudolph is an innocent little fawn who happened to be born differently than the other fawns. The bright red nose. Which of course the other deer make fun of, and no one says a word. Until Santa needs him to be a lantern. What does this song really teach kids? That it's okay to hate someone who is different than you are, until you find a use for them.  People will say, "Hey, but it's a traditional song!" And? Some traditions are bad and need to be discontinued. This song should be one of them. 



What Christmas/holiday songs do you dislike and why?


I've been asked if I could be quoted on the Rudolph comment, and my answer is yes (for that or the others). Just please:

1. Don't take my words out of context.
2. Give me credit -- Link back to this post.

Thanks!

Halloween

Nov. 3rd, 2012 07:35 pm
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Halloween is one of the holidays with a set date. October 31. The day of the week it falls on changes, but the actual holiday? No, it's set. October 31. I don't understand why some counties believe it is a good idea to move the holiday because . . . it's more convenient (for whom?), because the 31st is a Sunday that year, or for some other reason (extreme weather notwithstanding, such as with those who were in the path of Hurricane Sandy, or other natural disasters, and trick-or-treating and going to parties simply isn't safe).

Still, moving it so kids can still have fun only works if plenty of people know about it -- otherwise it's further unsafe to take a bunch of kids, in costume, door-to-door when people are not expecting it (and also, are unlikely to have candy on hand, leaving kids disappointed). Have a post-Halloween costume party in a community center instead, and make sure you have fun stuff for kids of all ages.

We decorated and got candy ready for kids this year, and no one showed up. Did we simply miss the night because someone moved Halloween? I have no idea. I remember trick-or-treating as a kid, pretty much no matter what.

I understand moving a holiday among your family and/or friends, if you're not going to be able to celebrate together otherwise, or if planes get delayed or cancelled, but that is a personal decision. It's not telling the entire county you live in, "Hey! Christmas is going to be December 18th and New Year's is going to be January 8, because {insert arbitrary reason of your choice here}.

Where and when did this relocation of Halloween get started?


Another thing that bothers me about Halloween is how lazy some kids (and parents) have apparently gotten in regards to the actual act of trick-or-treating.

One friend called to tell me that hardly any trick-or-treaters showed up at their door (despite the fact that there were quite a large number of kids visible in the neighborhood) because they didn't want to walk up their steps! Several other friends posted online regarding parents driving their kids door-to-door in cars and minivans. Now, I understand if you live in a remote area, and you need to drive your kids to a big neighborhood so they can enjoy the evening, but 20' (or less) from house to house? You're wasting gas and they're losing an opportunity to walk around! I grew up in a neighborhood with VERY steep hills . . . but that didn't stop us from walking all the way to the top and back down again!

If you're worried about letting your kids (especially the younger ones who really shouldn't be out without supervision in any case) out of your sight, walk with them! If you can't, find out if a neighbor or babysitter can take them out instead. The only exceptions I see to this are if it's too cold or rainy to be walking around, but your kids still want to go, or if you have a child who, for any reason, is not mobile on their own and must go by car in order to trick-or-treat with their friends and/or siblings.

Thoughts?

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