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.