We did it! Approximately a month of Christmas jams (I don’t remember when I started doing this)! Some (Alex) said it couldn’t be done, but just look at us now. I hope you are spending time with friends/family and not reading my blog right now, but if you are, the best gift I can give you is two of my favorite Last Christmas covers. Pas/Cal is an old favorite, and I just found Saskatchewan a few days ago. Enjoy, and I’ll see you all in a few days!
As I mentioned earlier, Alex and I love to watch Christmas sitcoms on Christmas Eve. We’ve been doing this for a long time, and we’ve seen some good ones (Wings, Frasier) and some bad ones (Family Ties, or anything that uses A Christmas Carol’s plot). The crown jewel is the episode of The Fresh Prince where Aunt Viv lets Will decorate their house since it’s his first Christmas in Bel Air, and wouldn’t you know it, he does things a little differently. An episode that’s also pretty great (and that completely defies the “No Christmas Carol” rule) is this Sanford and Son episode. Merry Christmas, guys!
I’ll admit it. I don’t really like a lot of “classic” Christmas songs. Singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer feels, to me, like singing the ABCs. Give me a Last Christmas any day! But I really love I’ll Be Home For Christmas, and it’s made me tear up on more than once occasion (despite never having been away from home on Christmas). Let’s just pretend my extreme emotional outbursts are a charming part of my character.
I hope you’re all having the best Christmas possible and spending time with the people you love. I’m extremely lucky to have spent the past two days seeing lots of my favorite friends (including people I only get to see a few times a year), and now I get to spend a several days with my family. Enjoy all your holiday traditions! For my part, I’ll be watching Christmas sitcoms with Alex tonight and trying to rearrange the letters of my mom’s stocking hangers. Merry Christmas!
Hey, who feels like crying? I don’t know why I saved all the depressing Christmas songs for the few days before Christmas. This is my favorite Joni Mitchell song, as well as one of my all-time favorite sad songs. For the record, the Barry Manilow version of this song is not very good (what a surprise!). Also, I would recommend not reading the youtube comments on this one. You guys, I’m sorry, I’ll post something cheerful soon, I promise!
True story: Blue Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Is it the most depressing Christmas song? Of course it is. I can’t help it. Also good: the Elvis version.
Is there anyone between the ages of 20 and 40 who doesn’t adore the Home Alone/Home Alone 2 soundtracks? I should hope not! This Christmas season, I’ve had so many conversations that included the sentence, “This is just like Home Alone!” Those two films are the classics of our time, and films that could probably never be made today for lots of reasons. Air travel is clearly a different situation now. Also, do studios still make movies about families who are insanely rich? The McCallister house was bananas! In May, it was up for sale…for 2.4 million.
This song always seems to end up on Worst Christmas Songs lists, which I don’t understand. I love this version. I love that Bruce Springsteen breaks more than Jimmy Fallon on SNL, I love that his vocals are pretty imperfect, and I love that it’s just so damn weird. My friend Kevin sang this at our after prom’s bowling-alley karaoke. The only other thing I remember from that karaoke session was that we were all amazed that the Ray Stevens song Ahab the Arab was on the list. It will surprise no one that Ray Stevens has a slightly conservative bent these days.
Instead of focusing on Ray Stevens, I would like to direct everyone’s attention to how insanely attractive Bruce Springsteen was.
I think we’re gonna need a whole post about this. It’s forthcoming.
I almost never hear this song on the radio, but Alex went through a major phase a couple of years ago and listened to it constantly. Apparently, it’s way more popular in the UK, where it was voted the best Christmas song in 2007. I don’t know what America’s top Christmas song would be. Mariah Carey? Hopefully not Justin Beiber. Nothing against the Beibs, but you guys, we’re better than that.
Christmas 1983, you guys! Lovin’ those sweaters.
So many sweaters! Do you think Drake finds Boyz II Men inspiring?
What did Destiny’s Child get for the 8 days of Christmas?
A pair of Chloe shades and a diamond belly ring
Nice back rub, foot massage
Cropped jacket and dirty denim jeans
A self-penned poem
A candle-lit dinner
A gift certificate to buy CDs (?)
Keys to a Mercedes
Those are some wildly inconsistent presents. Like, why are you buying someone a gift certificate when you’re also getting them a car?