Posted by: getthenac | December 21, 2010

Ten Questions About Christmas

from Wayne Wood:

1. What kind of question is “But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?” If he’s the MOST FAMOUS reindeer, why wouldn’t you recall him?

2. Since “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” has a comma in its title at an unexpected place, why not do the same for other carols?: “Hark! The Herald Angels, Sing,” “Grandma Got Run Over by a, Reindeer,” “I saw Mommy kissing Santa, Claus,” etc.

3. Imagine: You’re in labor, riding on a donkey. You arrive at an inn to rest and give birth, but there’s no room, so you end up in the stable. Then you go through your first childbirth, surrounded by farm animals. And after all that, some kid shows up and starts pounding on a drum. Has there been a woman in the history of the world who would welcome this situation?

4. When Billy Joel wrote “Piano Man” or the Animals sang “House of the Rising Sun,” did they know that those tunes fit perfectly the words of “O Little Town of Bethlehem?”and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”?

5. And is it mildly sacrilegious to sing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” or “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” to the tune of “Piano Man” or “House of the Rising Sun”?

6. Considering plot of the song “Frosty the Snowman” involves a character who (a) comes to life through supernatural means (“must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found”), (b) becomes a beloved leader, (c) dies and  leaves his followers distraught,  but only after (d) proclaiming that “he’ll be back again someday,” is it wrong to classify it as a religious carol?

7. Is it weird that the same guy who sang, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” on the TV version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was the voice of Tony the Tiger of Frosted Flakes fame?

8. Is it even weirder that his name was Thurl Ravenscroft?

9. Thurl Ravenscroft!!!!?

10. Is it more than mildly sacrilegious to sing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” or “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” to the tune of the “Theme from Gilligan’s Island,” which  they also fit perfectly?

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