This is me today.
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!
Seems appropriate, since it’s 12.23.11. I can’t be the only one who fell asleep listening to this album every night in high school…right? “Lucky Denver Mint” was my (sleepy) jam!
When my mom and I were out Christmas shopping a few weeks ago, she bought me a book that was on the sale table at Barnes and Noble. “Forget you saw this,” she said to me, which is what she always says when she buys me a present while I’m, um, present. The thing is, I actually did forget what book she bought me, like she used that special Men In Black memory-erasing flashlight or whatever that was (I haven’t seen that movie since junior high). Until yesterday, when she asked, “Hey, who did I buy that book with the bird on the cover for? With a Japanese sounding name?”
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.