I don't mind jokey Christmas songs, even really irreverant ones, a few times here and there. Hearing them incessantly? Makes me insane.
But there are two songs I hate with the white-hot fury of a thousand suns.
One was included on a tape of Christmas music we used to play at Famous Lingerie Store: Andy Williams' "Happy Holidays/It's the Holiday Season." It has possibly the most inane lyrics I've ever heard. A sample:Itís the holiday season, and Santa Claus is comin round,
the Chiristmas snow is white on the ground,
When old Santa gets into town,
heíll be comin down the chimney down!
(heíll be comin down the chimney down!)
Honestly, what the heck does that last line even mean? And they had to say it twice? My ears! (There's another bit about whoop-de-doo and sock-hanging. Don't make me go there.)
The other one I hate ... "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." I'd put that on an album called Holiday Music to Slash Your Wrists By.
The sentiments are pretty enough (though it's worth noting that the original lyrics included lines like " ''Have yourself a merry little Christmas/It may be your last." and "Faithful friends who were dear to us/Will be near to us no more.'' More info: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,1569872,00.html
But it's the doleful, droopy tune that makes it so depressing. The Karen Carpenter rendition is probably the soppiest.
"I'll Be Home for Christmas" is almost as bad, but not quite.