I’m pretty much a true believer in the no-Christmas-music-until-after-Thanksgiving thing, and probably just as happy to wait until the calendar turns to December. Maybe part of this is wanting to delay having to endure the multiple versions of songs I’d just as soon not hear again. Here’s my list of popular Christmas tunes I could easily do without:
“Last Christmas.” I don’t know that I heard Wham!’s contribution to my post until many years after it was recorded—was it a big thing in the US in the 80s? If so, I just flat out missed it. It’s possible that I would like this better if I knew it from then, but the holidays are a time for songs about happiness, not heartbreak and the subsequent whinging.
“My Favorite Things.” I suppose my primary objection is that this doesn’t seem to be remotely about the holidays or winter (sorry, liking snowflakes and packages tied up in string isn’t enough for me). A bit of Internet sleuthing shows that it’s been included on Christmas albums for about as long as I’ve been alive (plus, Julie Andrews first performed it on a Christmas special), so I guess I’m being rebuked on this point. Nonetheless, I cry foul. Perfectly fine song in The Sound of Music, though.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” I just don’t need to hear this argument, regardless of whether or not she’s protesting overly. Plus, it goes on for far too long in most takes. You might get me to listen to the Zooey Deschanel/Leon Redbone version from Elf almost willingly.
“Santa Baby.” This one also regularly suffers from being taken at too slow a pace. As annoying as Madonna’s vocals are on her version, at least she knocks it out in fairly short order. I guess I hear only the greed. I’ll concede some of the rhymes are clever, though (this is also true of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”).
Given how many recordings exist for all of these, it’s possible I’m being too much of a Scrooge. Don’t think I’ll be backing down from these positions anytime soon, however. Feel free to let me know how wrong I am or what you’d add.