Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Only 48 Shopping Days Left...

We started playing Christmas music at Pier 1 yesterday.

Since there are two different versions of "Santa Clause is Coming to Town" on the CD, I was lucky enough to hear it 6 times in my 8 hour shift. Oh and who doesn't love a disco version of "Do You Hear What I Hear" and a jazzed up version of "Jingle Bells"? It's novel the first two times...after that I really just had to stick my fingers in my ears.

Christmas Carols are like hymns to me...very rarely do I stop to actually listen to the words and when I do, I wish I hadn't.

I am now officially creeped out by Santa.
In "Santa Clause is Coming to Town" we learn that Santa "sees you when you're sleeping/he knows when you're awake/he knows if you've been bad or good/so be good for goodness sake". We give Santa this creepy god-like omnipotence, but just as I'm wondering whether or not Santa is sort of a representation for God I hear "Here Comes Santa Clause"-

Peace on earth will come to all
It we just follow the light
So lets give thanks to the Lord above
That Santa Claus comes tonight!

Oh yes...let's thank God that a creepy fat man in a red suit is going to magically squeeze his way down all the chimneys in the world and leave gifts while gorging himself on milk and cookies. Let's thank God for the spirit of consumerism Santa instills in us all. That's surely the way to peace on Earth. Ugh.

It's going to be a long 48 days!

If I ever have kids (as that is a potentiality I have) I'm not sure that I'm going to encourage them to believe in Santa. That's right, my kids will be the ones that make your kids cry in kindergarten when they tell the class Santa isn't real. But maybe I'm just bitter thanks to all the holiday cheer being crammed down my throat through the audio system. I'll get back to you in a few years. ;-)


Katherine said...

I've considered killing Santa for my kids, too...

My thoughts are that Christmas isn't as good for me now as it was when I was little and anticipated his arrival. And the presents he brought. And really, that's not what Christmas is about. But now, Christmas is crappier. And that's not okay. So I'm thinking if Santa never exists, the magic of Christmas can be about Christmas, Jesus, family and our traditions, not Santa, and will never lose its mystique/joy/anticipation.

PeterAtLarge said...

Good post, Lindsey. Wait for the the right-wing "they're killing Christmas" whine. Coming soon. Happy Holidays, PaL

kourtney said...

Got something against creepy fat men???