I was being slowly driven nuts by a Time Warner Christmas commercial with a very catchy song (that I actually like) whose lyrics made no sense. Each time it came on, I'd try to understand the words, and I could only get the first and last line. Enter the Internet, and the answer is just a Google away. In case you have this commercial where you live, here are the words. You can see why I was hung up on middle lines. I thought "phase" was "face" -- and I thought "coming dear" was "commandeer."
It comes along just once a year,
on Winters wings - Decembers rear,
ahh-ahh humbug phase is coming dear,
and then appears a perfect Christmas time.
While googling this, I came upon a list of top 100 Christmas songs and saw, of course, a bunch of favorites so let's play a game. What's your favorite and least favorite Christmas song? And why?
Here are mine:
Most Favorite: O Holy Night
This song makes me wish I could sing. In my next life, I'll be doing the solo at some beautiful church on Christmas Eve and make people weep with the beauty of my voice. (That will be strange if my next life finds me as a Hindu living in Mumbai.) Back in 1971 when I was teaching high school, I had a few favorite students. One was this young man named Robin. He was this big, beefy guy with a feminine name. After I left teaching, and really missed it, I was getting dressed for my office job at Christmas time and the radio station was featuring some local high school students singing and the one that morning was this kid Robin singing O Holy Night and he sang it so beautifully that the song always makes me sentimental for that time in my life.
Least Favorite: Little Drummer Boy
I think I liked this song the first 342 times I heard it when I was 10 years old. These days, it's a song that can make me lunge for the radio to turn off. Ba-rum-buh-dump-dum!