Some Christmas Songs are Weird

Christmas music has the power to make us smile and warm our hearts even on the coldest of days. There’s something about this music that recalls to our minds simpler times, joyous memories, and the celebration of the Savior.

There are also a few songs that are weird but are sometimes catchy.

These are those songs

“Do They Know it’s Christmas?”

 

 

Before Live Aid there was Band Aid (seriously, that was what they called themselves). They wrote this song as a way to raise money and awareness for starving children.

It’s a Christian sentiment to be sure, but behind the jaunty tune are some of the most difficult to hear (let alone sing) lyrics during the season. It definitely qualifies as a Christmas juke.

No amount of Boy George, George Michael, or Bono can undo the cringe-worthy lines like:

But say a prayer to pray for the other ones
At Christmas time
It’s hard, but when you’re having fun
There’s a world outside your window
And it’s a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears

or the passive aggressive line sung by Bono:

Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you

and let’s not forget this gem:

Here’s to you, raise a glass for ev’ryone
Here’s to them, underneath that burning sun

Seriously, those are actual lyrics.

Ouch.

Again, I believe Christians should be helping the poor all year and not just at Christmas time but this song (which I oddly love) makes me wince every time I hear it.

 

“Baby it’s Cold Outside”

 

Can we all agree that at best, this song is pushy and at worst, it is a little date rapey? This song makes Bill Cosby uncomfortable.

“Christmas Shoes”

 

 

Easily the most depressing Christmas song ever written.

It’s also very divisive. Either you love it or you hate it but there is no in between.

The driving narrative of the song is that a poor young boy wants to buy new shoes for his mom who is dying so she can wear them to meet Jesus.

Simply typing it can ruin an afternoon.

Patton Oswalt has a comedic bit about this that has some hilarious spots but may be considered too obscene by many so after consideration I won’t post the link but it is easy to find on YouTube. It truly captures all the awkwardness this song brings.

“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”

 

Sweet and innocent? Hardly.

When you work through it intellectually it is either the death of innocence or infidelity.

Pick one.

 

What Christmas songs have you always struggled with? Agree or disagree with these? Let us know!

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