Monday, December 24, 2012

An Expert Texperts Christmas

For those of us coming from a mainstream western Christian tradition, today is Christmas Eve. I've been wanting to do a Christmas post for a while now, but I couldn't settle on a single idea, so instead I'm going to offer a fruitcake-like amalgamation of all the ideas spinning in my mind.

• The best Christmas album of all time is by John Denver and the Muppets, and I defy you to say otherwise.
• "Last Christmas (I Gave You My Heart)" is not a Christmas song. Sure, it uses the word "Christmas" and allude to giving gifts, but there's a difference between setting and content. However, with lyrics so asinine and otherwise completely forgettable, I can't blame it for clinging to the one thing that keeps it on the radio.
• That being said, if a film is set in Christmas--even if it only begins or ends during the Christmas season--it is a Christmas movie.
• (From observing the in-laws): Just because your wife put Die Hard on the pile of Christmas DVDs does not necessarily mean she actually considers it a Christmas movie, much less that she's willing to watch it on Christmas eve.
• "Jingle Bell Rock" has, sadly, not lived up to it's name in recent years. Or...decades.
• Christmas lights, when properly applied, can be very classy looking. Christmas lights, when improperly applied, can have all the class of a Potterville strip club.
• Watch small children sing Christmas carols. Deliver cookies to your neighbors. Visit someone you haven't seen in months (or years). These are just a few of the many alternatives to talking about politics at the dinner table.

Well, time to get back to the relatives. Merry Christmas!

5 comments:

  1. Die Hard is not a Christmas movie. Die Hard is THE Christmas movie.

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  2. I always knew there was a reason I hated that terrible Last Christmas song. It's the worst. Ever.

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  3. I still think "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is marginally worse than "Last Christmas." But only because it's about date rape. Yeesh. What kind of a society do we live in that we accept these as happy songs during our festivities?!

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    1. I gave it the Thumbs Down when it came on our Pandora station this morning.

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    2. I was going to add something about that! It's a cheesy and suggestive song, and I don't like it, but I don't think it's actually about date rape. http://persephonemagazine.com/2010/12/06/listening-while-feminist-in-defense-of-baby-its-cold-outside/

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