Friday, December 30, 2011

Silver bells

The time for celebrating Christmas is almost over for another year. We'll declare it officially done when the gingerbread house is all gone, I think.
The landscaping and roof are all but gone but I think it will see us through another couple of breakfasts
The end of the festive season means the end of the public playing of Christmas music. I say 'public' because no-one needs to know that I sometimes listen to Mariah's 'All I want for Christmas' on my ipod.

I love Christmas music. I used to favour carols and play them loud throughout December. But since being in the States I've grown very fond of a song you just don't hear back home:  Silver Bells.

Not only is 'Silver Bells' insanely catchy, it also has the most ludicrious lyrics of any Christmas song. Ever. This song takes the overt commercialism of 'Santa Baby', the irreligosity of 'Jingle Bell Rock', and raises them some massive irrelevance.

Some highlights from those lyrics: 
City sidewalks
Busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there's
A feeling of Christmas...
...Strings of street lights
Even stoplights
Blink a bright red and green
As the shoppers rush home
With their treasures
Hear the snow crunch
See the kids bunch
This is Santa's big scene
I love the idea of traffic lights being Christmassy. That and shopping in rush. Ah, truly the spirit of Christmas! I bet it was written by a New Yorker.

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