Thursday, December 23, 2010

Audrey's Cavalcade of Christmas Carols

Audrey loves Christmas carols.  Like a lot of cities, we have a radio station that plays 24 hour Christmas carols starting round about August 1.  She is completely addicted, and I'm not sure that she'll understand it when the station goes back to playing odious Colbie Caillat songs on December 26.

Audrey's absolute hands-down favorite carol is the instrumental version of "Sleigh Ride" by the Boston Pops.  She gets positively gleeful when it comes on the radio, especially when she hears it from the beginning.

She has been completely spoiled by TiVo, and thinks that there is nothing in life that cannot be rewound...or as she says "downloaded".  So when I flip on the radio and it's already in the middle of "Sleigh Ride" she gets pretty annoyed, "We can't download it."

I waited until just yesterday to clue her into the fact that she could no doubt find plenty of versions of the song on YouTube.  Needless to say, she was over the moon.  In fact she was so excited that she made about 20 videos on my iPhone of the YouTube video playing on my laptop...

Seems like an unnecessary middle man, but whatever.  It killed about of 1/2 hour of what already feels like an interminable winter break, so who am I to straighten her out?

Audrey shares her mother's taste in Christmas carols that lend themselves to dancing a peppy polka.  When I was little my mother and I used to dance the length of our house to "We Need a Little Christmas".  This is admittedly not that difficult a feat in a small Chicago bungalow, but it still left us breathless.

I have not been successful in turning Audrey on to that particular tune, but here are how some others break down for her:
  • "O Holy Night" is the "pretty song".  Which would be ever-so-heartwarming, except it's as in "I do not like the pretty song."  I'd like to think this is more of a statement on Celine Dion and Josh Groban than the song itself.
  • "Holly Jolly Christmas"  is the "singing snowman song".  Hooray for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer references!
  • "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" is the Winter Wipeout song.
  • "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is the date rape song.
OK, that last one is mine.


  1. my friends and I were just talkng about the lyrics to "baby it's cold outside" - I never realized how creepy that song actually is. I'm with you on that one completely.
    My favorite remains "Do They Know It's Christmastime". Only because Duran Duran, Boy George and Sting singing all together is the trifecta of 80's love for me.
    Merry Christmas to your amazing family.

  2. Seriously funny. We've been listening to the holiday music channel on our cable for what seems like non-stop. Georgia's favorite is Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey Song. Kill me.
    Merry Christmas Lynn - hope you have a relaxing weekend!

  3. Wipeout is one of Lil Sis' favorite shows. We love watching other people in pain. Tehe. (This comment was approved by Lil Sis)

  4. I can't understand why radio DVR isn't available. Seriously.

  5. As a total Heathen, I LOVE me some Christmas songs! 'O Holy Night' gives me chills. 'We Need a Little Christmas' makes me dance...and the date rape song.... I was totally gonna post the subtext to that song this year... just never got around to it... it was wicked dirty.

  6. This time of year is rough on my daughter. She REALLY wants to celebrate Christmas! And she wishes she likes candy canes (her words as she's watching me type this).

    Bah humbug!

    Merry Christmas to you and Audrey!

  7. How adorable she is really truly
    Merry merry christmas

  8. GA has also been using up my battery to record shows off the DVR. If I watch all the clips together in sequence ,I can pretty much see Miser Brothers Xmas anytime I want on my phone. Any time I want.

  9. Aw, The Boston Pops version of Sleigh Ride reminds me of my Dad. I can hear us all now yelling "turn it down Dad!" as we moved in closer to the TV making sure we did not miss the latest Brady Family antics.
    What great taste You & Audrey have! Merry Christmas!!

  10. @Alysia: Oh are an 80's gal too!

    @cooperl788: I cannot abide the Italian Donkey song...or the hippopotamus for Christmas one.

    @BigDaddy: Hi Lil Sis!

    @JennieB: I thought it was possible with satellite radio maybe...?

    @tulpen: The letter writing campaign has begun to get you to polish off that dirty version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" far we are up to "Say, what's in that drink?" Roofies! And I'll let you fill them in on the "Gee, your lips look delicious" line.

    @CherylD: Hi daughter!

    @K: Merry Christmas to you! R must be in heaven!

    @Aimee: OK, now I know who to blame for teaching her that trick. Seriously, what gives?

    @AutismMom: Another woman of my generation...Merry Christmas!

  11. I don't know "we need a little christmas" how can that be? Okay, time to make a cocktail and listen to all those songs in your honor. HO HO HO, Miss Lynn!

  12. LOL -- My Facebook status on Dec. 15 was "Baby It's Cold Outside = Date Rape Song." Have you been stalking my "real-name" under a different profile?!

    It did lead to some good comment-exchange. Look it up on YouTube to see the snippet from the Muppet Show where Miss Piggy tries to seduce Rudolph Nureyev in the sauna...

    Joy's favorite Christmas song is Jingle Bells. She contributes the "Hey!" quite reliably now.

    Merry Christmas!

  13. @j: I don't know how that can be?? Maybe because the only versions of it are by the Percy Faith Orchestra and the New Christy Minstrels? Oh, and I think there's a Johnny Mathis one too. Get on it!

    @JoyMama: Great minds. Miss Piggy and Nureyev...I'm so there!

  14. my parents have a cadillac (does that matter?) and it has xm radio, which you can totally rewind! You need to hook Audrey up!! You're denying your daughter! Oh? and educate her on the finer points of Josh Groban. Seriously. :)

  15. August 1? No wonder you're bonkers by the time Christmas is here! I would have hung myself by now. They started with the carols a week before Thanksgiving because the area businesses hoped it would help stimulate the area economy.

    Does she have an iPod? Download it onto that and she can listen to it FOR-EVER!

  16. Bwahaha "date rape song." So funny! It really is kind of a weird song. Love it in Elf.

  17. My iphone is full of 'clips' from Pie's fave youtube vids as well!I agree with your take on "it's cold outside" Creepy!