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Basic Biittner: 'Tis the Season (Once Again)

Monday, December 10, 2007

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Unless you have been in a cave - or a coma - for the last week or two, you have probably noticed that "Christmas is a-comin', and the geese are getting fat. Please to put a penny in the poor man's hat. If you haven't got a penny, then a ha'penny will do. If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you."

Sorry about that. One of the things that some people love - and others hate - about the Christmas holiday season is Christmas music. There is a lot of Christmas music - some of it spiritual, like "Oh Holy Night," reminding us of "the reason for the season." (Hint: it is not presents, or Santa, or eggnog, or ...)

Other Christmas music is of a more secular nature, celebrating fictional characters - songs such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rendeer," "Frosty the Snowman," or "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

I have no idea how many Christmas songs exist, but I do know that almost every popular recording artist has recorded at least one Christmas album, if not more.

For your information, I submit a list of facts and myths about popular Christmas songs -

1) "Joy to the World," a 1970's monster hit by Three Dog Night, is NOT a Christmas song.

2) "Joy to the World (the Lord is come...)" is, on the other hand, one of the best songs of the Christmas season.

3) "Feliz Navidad" means "Merry Christmas" in Spanish ... it does NOT mean "Come to Taco John's."

4) "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" is NOT based on an actual incident.

5) "Winter Wonderland," "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," and "My Favorite Things" are NOT Christmas songs, though they seem to have become part of the Christmas scene through the years.

6) "Deck the Halls" is NOT a song about cross-dressers ("don we now ...").

7) It did NOT take the recipient of the twelve gifts in "12 Days of Christmas" twelve days to return the gifts

8) Good King Wenceslas was a Czech, and was NOT called "good" because he always picked up the check when dining out with others.

9) "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" is NOT based on a story from the National Enquirer.

10) "Up On the Housetop" is NOT a sequel to The Drifters' "Up On The Roof"

Now that you've been enlightened, have a Merry Christmas!

Dan Whitney
Basic Biittner