I’m hosting Fun Monday today. My question for today:
What Christmas (or other holiday) song would you prefer never to hear again, and why? It could be one song in particular, or songs by a certain singer, or a version of a song you usually enjoy that grates on your nerves. We promise not to judge. It’s your chance to vent.
We’ll start with a classic of its kind–barking dogs “singing” Jingle Bells.
Well, you expect that to be obnoxious after a few listenings. I’ll spare you the cat version.
Then, of course we move on to the ever-popular “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.”
But the Christmas song that fills me with dread, that makes me wish I could avoid the holidays until they are over and the new year safely begun is this:
Now, the fact that I loathe “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” is not the fault of Andy Williams, who is probably a wonderful human being and all that. I liked “Moon River.” No, the blame is put squarely on the place I worked during my high school years–a department store which shall remain unnamed.
I worked in the accessories department, which was almost in the middle of the store. On one side was Young Men’s clothing, on the other, the Juniors’ department. The guys in the Young Men’s department would torment us with constant playings of Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung” album most of the year. In November and December, the girls in the Juniors’ department would play one album over and over again… the Andy Williams Christmas album.
I didn’t mind, at first. Then, when it became obvious that it was the only album the Juniors’ department had, and no matter how much we begged, we wouldn’t get a break, it became torture. Especially when “the most wonderful time of the year” was filled with impatient customers, dwindling stocks, and higher prices.
Indeed, when I was in college, I suggested to a friend he should name his punk band “Andy Williams Must Die.”
I have since made peace with Andy Williams, though I can’t listen to him singing Christmas music without the desire to smash things. As for “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”–I still hate it. Even when other singers sing it.
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