For a good part of yesterday, I had the dulcet tones of ‘Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer’ on a permanent loop in my head. The more it played, the more I felt what little festive spirit I retained within me slowly ebbing away down the plughole as the joint spirits of the Grinch and Ebeneeezer Scrooge occupied my body. I felt little sympathy for the dear old lady or indeed the unfortunate reindeer who would have to live with her death on their conscience for the rest of their days.
Novelty songs are as much part of the Yuletide experience as ridiculous sweaters and food hangovers the size of the Empire State Building. They take over our airwaves from early December onwards although, in recent times, such boundaries are edging nearer and nearer Halloween. I’ve no doubt we will be sunning ourselves on the beach in years to come with Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas’ belting out on the radio.
Setting aside the Grandma road traffic collision we all have our personal seasonal favourites. As an Irishman I am of course somewhat fond of the ‘Fairytale Of New York’ by The Pogues and the late Kirsty McColl. Wanna hear a secret though. I’m also partial to a bit of Mariah’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ or the super cheesy ‘Don’t Let The Bells End’ by The Darkness. But please let this be our secret and don’t breathe a word to another living soul, okay?
So now I’ve spilled my guts to the blogging world it’s your turn. What’s your favourite Christmas jingle? Or the one that annoys you so much you want to take to the streets in full ‘Bad Santa’ mode to scream ‘Bah Humbug’ at the first person foolish enough to mention the ‘C’ word? Does music bring back special holiday memories? Or fill you with dread at the thought of horrid relatives ‘dropping by’ for an unwelcome visit?