"Marge, you being a cop makes you the man! Which makes me the woman - and I have no interest in that, besides occasionally wearing the underwear, which as we discussed, is strictly a comfort thing."
-- Homer Simpson


Pet peeve du jour.

Ever notice how:

Jingle Bells
Winter Wonderland
Frosty the Snowman
Let it Snow

…make no mention of Christmas?!?!? Are we not able to celebrate winter without associating it with gift-giving?

Post some more if there are any!

3 Responses to “Curious…”

  1. As a non-Christian, I find the lack of ram-it-down-your-throat religion refreshing.

    I don’t think those songs make any mention of gift giving either, unless I am mistaken? (I think the songs in question suck, so I tune them out when I hear them, there may be presents hidden in second and third verses that I usually miss). They seem predominantly about enjoying what winter has to offer, a goal that I think is great.

    Happy Winter Solstice, everybody!

  2. That’s exactly my point, they are songs that celebrate winter but all have been co-opted by Christmas. In fact I think Jingle Bells was originally written for American Thanksgiving. You’ll never hear any of these songs in January, it seems as though snow falling is only charming during shopping-and-partying season.

  3. Ah. I see. Well, I’m in complete agreement then. But I guess we should not be surprised, Christmas itself basically co-opted a whole bunch of winter festivals in order to impose the religion on a new flock.

    Mind you, I also think the Tackiness factor is somewhat to blame for these songs not making it past the cheese-fest that is Christmas.

    Happy Saturnalia!.

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