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18 December 2004 @ 12:05
Poll the ancient Yuletide carol  

'Tis a week before Christmas, and all through Toronto
I hear Christmas music, even when I don't wanna.

Since about the day after Halloween, the coloured lights, the splashes of random greenery and reddery, and the Christmas carols have been steadily progressing from the subliminal to the ubiquitous. Or rather, I shouldn't say "Christmas carols," because many of the aural decorations with which the shops are festooned are really not carols per se, but some other sort of Xmas-flavoured seasonal-type music. It's almost never anything I want to hear. The two songs that seem to be getting the most airtime this year (or maybe they're just the two I'm noticing the most, for whatever reason) are "Blue Christmas" (which I don't particularly mind) and "Winter Wonderland" (which is so obnoxiously perky that it ought to have been outlawed by the Ontario Weed Control Act when it was last revised in 1988). So with that in mind, I thought I'd make up a little poll about what people would rather hear this time of year:

Poll #405500 Poll the ancient Yuletide carol

So, what's your preference in Xmas-flavoured seasonal-type music?

"River" - Joni Mitchell ("Oh, I wish I had a river/ I could skate away on.")
"Fairytale of New York" - The Pogues ("The boys of the NYPD choir were singing 'Galway Bay,'/ And the bells were ringing out for Christmas Day.")
"Deck Us All with Boston Charlie" - Walt Kelly ("Deck us all with Boston Charlie/ Fa la la la la la la la la/ Nora's freezin' on the trolley/ Fa la la la la la la la la")
Something really old, dammit, in a minor key, with optional Latin lyrics
Other (see below)

And here's a text box for write-in candidates

Edited, much later, to add: Gah! I've mixed up the lyrics to "Boston Charlie" with the refrain of some other carol about halls and decks and so forth. (And I can't edit a poll after it's been posted.) The real McCoy is, of course, "Deck us all with Boston Charlie, Walla Walla, Wash., and Kalamazoo/ Nora's freezin' on the trolley/ Swaller dollar cauliflower alleygaroo." (Now, doesn't that make so much more sense?)

1. Note to all non-Torontonians: I assure you, this does rhyme.

Nuværende humør: festive?
Nuværende musik: That's for you to decide
kchew on 19. December, 2004 05:10 (UTC)
"Fairy Tale of New York" was recently named favourite Christmas carol by VH1, according to the BBC News website. It was followed by "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid, and some song by Wham!. "Merry Christmas (War Is Over)" was number 9.
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 19. December, 2004 16:22 (UTC)

I just don't know what to make of that. I mean, FTONY is a fucking great song, but I'm disturbed by the thought that it's the first choice of a constituency whose runners-up are Wham! and the well-intentioned but sappy Band Aid.