As many of you many know, I love music in all its forms, and often write posts about songs that have touched me in fundamental ways over the years. However, with December 25th fast approaching, cloyingly cute music classified as “holiday-themed” is upon us once again, as pervasive as the army of inflatable Santa Clauses that began popping up in yards across America in the past few weeks.
These songs have for years rattled around us like the chains shackling poor Jacob Marley’s ghost, permeating the ether in stores, doctor’s office waiting rooms, elevators, public spaces, on the radio and even on the phone when we’re placed on hold.
These songs can trigger childhood memories and emotions, both good and bad. For some of us, Christmas tunes evoke amazing times with family and friends. For others, they remind us of horrific delays while traveling during the holidays and replace the excitement of a winter vacation in Hawaii with dread before we even board the plane. Some of us arrive at a place where we can’t tolerate one more “sleigh bell rings” or “Frosty’s thumpety, thump, thump.”
So, at risk of being called a Scrooge, for fun, I thought I’d list some of what I, personally, find to be the most annoying Christmas songs of all time. They include, in no particular order:
- Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer
- Dominick The Italian Christmas Donkey
- All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth
- Any Christmas songs by Alvin and the Chipmunks
- Jingle Bells sung by barking dogs
Please share your nominations for annoying holiday tunes in the comments.
Or, conversely, share with me which songs evoke strong positive memories for you and, if you’re willing, tell me your story.