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ladyknight1

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #945 on: December 09, 2013, 10:05:52 AM »
Elfmama, TY for the reminder.

We have the meal at their house because we can leave when we want to, and don't have enough furniture for 5 to sit around and visit unless we gather the office chairs. I also don't want the tv turned on the instant they arrive and blaring while we try to talk. It is much easier this way!

Christmas lunch is looking to be a nice roast pork loin, garlic and shallot mashed potatoes, a green vegetable and a berry strudel with vanilla sauce. All easy to make and move over to their house.

I am just hoping everyone is wearing actual clothing and not pajamas this time.  :o
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #946 on: December 09, 2013, 10:29:10 AM »
I don't know which song that is, and now I'm scared to google it  :-\

I googled it, but lyrics only. Seemed pretty innocent to me, but the problem may lie with the music.
 
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #947 on: December 09, 2013, 10:44:27 AM »
I understand that most hills involve negotiating boundaries and varying toxicity levels in families, but I believe mine is much, much more grave.

I will not tolerate the song "The Christmas Shoes."

My mom and a cousin love it insanely, and cry, and talk about how beautiful it is. Besides the fact that I hate glurge, I also think the song has a hugely problematic message. Plus I think it's a terrible song music-wise. But those who just love it and think it "embodies the true meaning of Christmas" seem to think that the more they play it, I'll eventually come around. And it won't happen.

Now, do I ask my mom to not play the stupid song when we have Christmas music on, or do I just quietly sneak into her mp3 files and hide the dang thing?

When will I learn? When? When somebody on EHell says 'see this? this is a bad bad thing', why do I always hit google? Why do I not think 'poundcake writes like an intelligent individual who wouldn't lie to me'? Why? Why do I go to Youtube?

Poundcake, corrupt the mp3 file. Do it now. I'll give you an alibi. And if anybody thinks that we in the UK need this as one of our Christmas traditions, I'm volunteering for the barricades. Generally, I don't think that we need to protect our borders with heavy artillery, but in this case I'm prepared to make an exception.

I would like to think that listening to this song could be considered an Act of Terror, frankly. It is the holiday song equivalent of "It must be nice."

Patton Oswalt does a fantastic (NSFW) ripping apart breakdown of this horrible song, if you need a glurge antidote. Maybe I should add an mp3 of that to the Christmas playlist? Or at least the more heartwarming "Please, Daddy, Don't Get Drunk This Christmas."
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #948 on: December 09, 2013, 11:12:24 AM »
I will probably run screaming out of any commercial space I find myself in that's playing "Have a Wonderful Christmastime."  I worked somewhere that played the satellite radio holiday station all day long last year.  It's a real wonder I didn't crack - the station only seemed to play about 25 songs, for hours on end.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #949 on: December 09, 2013, 11:20:37 AM »
Here's a wonderful palate cleanser:  A choral arrangement of MST3K's Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas This Year

ETA: The original!
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #950 on: December 09, 2013, 11:39:29 AM »
I understand that most hills involve negotiating boundaries and varying toxicity levels in families, but I believe mine is much, much more grave.

I will not tolerate the song "The Christmas Shoes."

My mom and a cousin love it insanely, and cry, and talk about how beautiful it is. Besides the fact that I hate glurge, I also think the song has a hugely problematic message. Plus I think it's a terrible song music-wise. But those who just love it and think it "embodies the true meaning of Christmas" seem to think that the more they play it, I'll eventually come around. And it won't happen.

Now, do I ask my mom to not play the stupid song when we have Christmas music on, or do I just quietly sneak into her mp3 files and hide the dang thing?

Replace it with Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  ;)


...edited to add:

And one of my favorite Christmas songs these days is by an atheist, LOL.  White Wine in the Sun by Tim Minchin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCNvZqpa-7Q
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #951 on: December 09, 2013, 11:40:06 AM »

I would like to think that listening to this song could be considered an Act of Terror, frankly. It is the holiday song equivalent of "It must be nice."

Patton Oswalt does a fantastic (NSFW) ripping apart breakdown of this horrible song, if you need a glurge antidote. Maybe I should add an mp3 of that to the Christmas playlist? Or at least the more heartwarming "Please, Daddy, Don't Get Drunk This Christmas."

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #952 on: December 09, 2013, 12:26:28 PM »
My holiday hill to die on is Christmas music.

I don't want to listen to it. I will tolerate it on Christmas day. I will listen to an occasional choral/instrumental pieces or the really out there ones (I still love the Hawaiian Christmas and the Grinch song), but only one song at a time. Then I want to hear something else. You like Christmas music? Good for you! You can go listen to it somewhere else. Preferably out of ear shot of me. If it comes on the radio, I am changing the station. Don't like it? It's my car (or my wife's car) and she isn't big on it either.

I had a job that for 4yrs running I had to listen to Christmas music for 40 hours a week, every single week, starting Nov. 1st and ending the day after Christmas. That is approximately 1600hrs of trite, nostalgic holiday cheer shoved into my brain. It was non-stop and there was no where at work I could go to not listen to it. I know all the words to every popular Christmas song, and they still get stuck in my head to the point I want to cry rather than listen to my brain repeat another chorus of White Christmas in Bing Crosby's voice.

I use to like Christmas music. Now I cannot stand it.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #953 on: December 09, 2013, 12:36:50 PM »
My holiday hill to die on is Christmas music.

I don't want to listen to it. I will tolerate it on Christmas day. I will listen to an occasional choral/instrumental pieces or the really out there ones (I still love the Hawaiian Christmas and the Grinch song), but only one song at a time. Then I want to hear something else. You like Christmas music? Good for you! You can go listen to it somewhere else. Preferably out of ear shot of me. If it comes on the radio, I am changing the station. Don't like it? It's my car (or my wife's car) and she isn't big on it either.

I had a job that for 4yrs running I had to listen to Christmas music for 40 hours a week, every single week, starting Nov. 1st and ending the day after Christmas. That is approximately 1600hrs of trite, nostalgic holiday cheer shoved into my brain. It was non-stop and there was no where at work I could go to not listen to it. I know all the words to every popular Christmas song, and they still get stuck in my head to the point I want to cry rather than listen to my brain repeat another chorus of White Christmas in Bing Crosby's voice.

I use to like Christmas music. Now I cannot stand it.

Wow, I have a twin and didn't even know it.  I will listen to Christmas music on Christmas only.  Christmas is a beautiful thing when it is one day only.
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #954 on: December 09, 2013, 12:37:22 PM »
I hear ya, Tsaiko. I used to work at a radio station and there are several holiday songs that make me want to scream, simply from overexposure.
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #955 on: December 09, 2013, 12:43:59 PM »
Patton Oswalt does a fantastic (NSFW) ripping apart breakdown of this horrible song, if you need a glurge antidote. Maybe I should add an mp3 of that to the Christmas playlist? Or at least the more heartwarming "Please, Daddy, Don't Get Drunk This Christmas."

I prefer The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" for my glurge antidote.
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #956 on: December 09, 2013, 12:59:07 PM »
My holiday hill to die on is Christmas music.

I don't want to listen to it. I will tolerate it on Christmas day. I will listen to an occasional choral/instrumental pieces or the really out there ones (I still love the Hawaiian Christmas and the Grinch song), but only one song at a time. Then I want to hear something else. You like Christmas music? Good for you! You can go listen to it somewhere else. Preferably out of ear shot of me. If it comes on the radio, I am changing the station. Don't like it? It's my car (or my wife's car) and she isn't big on it either.

I had a job that for 4yrs running I had to listen to Christmas music for 40 hours a week, every single week, starting Nov. 1st and ending the day after Christmas. That is approximately 1600hrs of trite, nostalgic holiday cheer shoved into my brain. It was non-stop and there was no where at work I could go to not listen to it. I know all the words to every popular Christmas song, and they still get stuck in my head to the point I want to cry rather than listen to my brain repeat another chorus of White Christmas in Bing Crosby's voice.

I use to like Christmas music. Now I cannot stand it.

Wow, I have a twin and didn't even know it.  I will listen to Christmas music on Christmas only.  Christmas is a beautiful thing when it is one day only.

You have more than that.  A friend of mine who hasn't worked in retail for about 12 years still can't stand Christmas music.  One store completely ruined The Nutcracker for her.

My hill to die on from this point on is going to be self-pity.  I was on the phone an hour ago with someone who has no Christmas plans because "I have no family here, no friends, and nobody loves me! [fill in the rest]."  The next time I talk to her it's going to be "What are you going to do about this?"





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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #957 on: December 09, 2013, 01:04:19 PM »
My hill to die on from this point on is going to be self-pity.  I was on the phone an hour ago with someone who has no Christmas plans because "I have no family here, no friends, and nobody loves me! [fill in the rest]."  The next time I talk to her it's going to be "What are you going to do about this?"

I bet there are several charities in her area that would love to have her help dishing out dinner to the less fortunate!

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #958 on: December 09, 2013, 01:40:58 PM »
She just said during a conversation less than an hour ago that none of these things take place on Christmas Day.

My college buddy hasn't had a "family Thanksgiving" for the past two years because his sister and BIL can no longer host (They're the only ones with adequate space).  Rather than feel sorry for himself, he picks up food the day before to nuke while he watches movies and sports.





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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #959 on: December 09, 2013, 03:08:48 PM »
Patton Oswalt does a fantastic (NSFW) ripping apart breakdown of this horrible song, if you need a glurge antidote. Maybe I should add an mp3 of that to the Christmas playlist? Or at least the more heartwarming "Please, Daddy, Don't Get Drunk This Christmas."

I prefer The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" for my glurge antidote.

I saw them do that in person a couple of years ago.  Love it.