When I was a kid I read in a Dennis The Menace Christmas Special about Christmas around the world, how some countries celebrate Christmas differently.
I was five years old, so to me differently meant strange. I was a lid, so strange didn’t bother me. I liked that some countries celebrated Christmas on the fifth, the twelfth, the fifteenth. Some even had twelve days of Christmas which was even a better deal than Chanukah. I think it was Italy that even had their Christmas delivered by a witch!
It was different. It interested me, amazed me and confused me. It didn’t scare me.
Even as a kid who learned to not be afraid of waves, rocks, high places, scared dogs, even as a kid with so many fears to overcome, things that were merely different didn’t scare me.
It annoys me that as an adult I’m expected to tolerate hate and fear, stupidity actually, stupidity as great as the dumbness that fueled McArthyism. It’s a corporate world now, and we have to accept the role of being only consumers. America has stripped away almost all of our rights in the name of fear and greed.
At this time of year it makes me cringe with pent up rage that guys think that making money makes you smart enough to espouse hatred as a response to fear. Orson Wells and Joseph Mankiewicz knew, “There’s no secret to making money if all you want to do is make money. You don’t even have to be smart.”
I’ve always loved Christmas so I resent people yelling at me about how I have to hate others to protect myself. I was raised in a world that believed that being different was normal. That being a jew or a gentile wasn’t that big a thing, nowhere near as big a deal as it was being a Trojan or a Bruin, and that big deal only lasted a week.
While I know that I’ll never have that huge rush of waking up and seeing all, I mean ALL the Mad Magazine paperbacks spread under the tree, I know that kind of rush is gone for me and anyone else over seven years old but I can’t believe that this crew of tin despots want to ruin those cold silent nights, those Christmas eves where a boy and his dog wandered the slushy streets and said Merry Christmas to strangers, said Merry Christmas and often enough got a reply that warmed a boys heart.
This seems like it might be a pointless rant lost against a rising crescendo of pointless rants, but when people are out there shooting each other and the governments solution is to get more guns out there . . . more guns? They say because a good guy with a gun beats a bad guy with a gun.
But in all this bloodshed where is this good guy? Why hasn’t one of these good guys stood up and stopped the carnage?
When you look at this group you see many corpulent old men, their hands shaky from alcohol, their eyes dulled by too much TV. If one of these “good guys” were ever actually at a shooting they’d be so scared and confused that if they did start firing it would be it would be innocent bystanders wounded and dead.
This “good guy” crew say no because, I guess they saw a movie. They go to target ranges. They got a permit. They probably believe that they can do easily and mystically what police and soldiers, men trained to defend themselves and others can seldom accomplish.
It’s sad enough to make me wish more for Christmas and to wish everyone a Happy Christmas, A Happy New Year and Peace On Earth.
Lots of chipper Power Pop this Christmas mix. I still get a rush thinking of bands on stage playing this Christmas stuff, really celebrating the holiday. Enjoy it with someone, at least that’ my hope. For me, the big rush is getting the Everly Brothers with the Vienna Boys Choir – that’s not a misprint. It’s awesome.
St. Luke 2:6-9 – Tennessee Ernie Ford
The First Noel – Everly Brothers And The Boys Town Choir
Merry X-Mas Everybody – Refreshments
Father Christmas – OK Go
Shake Up Christmas – Train
We Wish You A Merry Christmas – Folk Angel
Christmas Lights – Montgomery Cliffs
Christmas Night Of Zombies – MXPX
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – SugarCult
Christmas Every Day – Jeremy
We Three Kings – Thee Swank Bastards
Jingle Bells – Ricky Nelson
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Dion
Christmas Time Again – CONNECTION
Please Leave Me Home For Xmas – Imperial Drag
Christmas In Jail – Youngsters
Baby It’s Cold Outside – Little Hurricane
I Must Have Been So Good – Vibeke Saugestad
Sweet Christmas – Shonen Knife
Hippy Christmas – Cosmo Topper
Join Us For Christmas – AlternativA
The Christmas Song – Raveonettes
Winter Wonderland – Partridge Family
Mr Christmas – Van Walker
You Trashed My Christmas – Primitives
The Night Santa Went Crazy – Weird Al Yankovic
Department Store Santa Claus (Before Xmas) – Howard Morris
Canadian Christmas – Fleshtones
Dancin’ With Santa – Trashmen
Jingle Bells – Glen Glenn
Little Drummer Boy – Lolas
Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix
Angels We Have Heard On High – Davie Allan & The Arrows
Shake Hands With Santa Claus – Louis Prima
Little Saint Nick – Beach Boys
Silent Night – Temptations
We Wish You A Merry Christmas – Everly Brothers And The Boys Town Choir