Christmas Countdown: 2

Santa stressedThe Countdown continues; Christmas is getting closer!  Today I have, not one, but two poems — both “politically correct” parodies of familiar seasonal icons.

The first Way-Back link is a new look at the The Night Before Christmas and Santa’s woes in a consumer-aware world (worse than his woes with physics).  The second picks up the next day with The (Politically Correct)  Twelve Days of Christmas. (Both are neolithic email “shares” from the ghost of Christmas Past.)

And now fun — and funny — Christmas tunes…

Given the poem, we need to start with the song. We saw the Shrek version earlier; here’s another fun one. The 12 Days of Christmas as styled by Straight No Chaser:

Keeping the vocal theme with the Ladies (Barenaked):

Here’s a selection from The Waitresses that seems somehow appropriate:

We’ll close out with The Brian Setzer Orchestra swinging Jingle Bells:


Today’s bonus music is another a cappella styling from Straight No Chaser:

For forth and spread beauty and light.

About Wyrd Smythe

The canonical fool on the hill watching the sunset and the rotation of the planet and thinking what he imagines are large thoughts. View all posts by Wyrd Smythe

5 responses to “Christmas Countdown: 2

  • rung2diotimasladder

    SNC’s pretty awesome. I wonder how they remember all that.

  • Wyrd Smythe

    ♩♪ Musical Notes:

    The words for The Twelve Days of Christmas go back to 1780 in England (and are thought to be French in origin). The tune most know the song by is due to a 1909 arrangement by English composer Frederic Austin.

    Straight No Chaser (SNC) is a professional a cappella group which originated in 1996 at Indiana University. A 1998 video of their performance of The Twelve Days of Christmas went viral in 2006 bringing SNC popularity and a record deal.

    (You’ll find that original video in the Way-Back linked 12 Days: Politically Correct post. Shown here is a more recent — and much better quality — version.)

    God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen is an British standard Christmas carol from 1833. The original author is unknown. The tune makes a brief appearance in Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol.

    Of note is the proper emphasis: “God rest you merry! (gentlemen)” rather than: “God rest you, merry gentlemen.” The gentlemen may have, indeed, been merry, but that is not the point of the song.

    Christmas Wrapping is an original “new wave” Christmas song by The Waitresses (from Akron, Ohio). It was first released in 1981. It’s kind of an anthem for those disaffected or strung out by Christmas. And while the tune is from a woman’s perspective, I can still relate!

    Jingle Bells, among the best-known Christmas Carols, was written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857. It’s been heavily parodied and thoroughly enjoyed by children “of all ages.” Who among us hasn’t sung those immortal words, “Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin’s laid an egg…”

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