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Repost: My Dirty Little Christmas Secret

Fri, Dec 3, 2010

All Things Holiday-ish

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I thought in honor of yesterdays post pronouncing my Christmas decorating rehabilitation, I would share another one of my Christmas shortcomings. This one will not be rectified this year. Yes, we are decorating this year. No, this one won’t change.  Enjoy.

First posted on November 25, 2009:

Over the last few days, friends of mine have been blogging and talking about putting up their Christmas decorations. Their houses are clean and organized and it appears that a little Christmas something is donning every available space. I bet that they also have Christmas music gently filling their mulling spice scented home. A gorgeous and inviting image of what a home at the holidays should be.

I don’t decorate. Now, I don’t think that is too uncommon. I am sure there are plenty of people that don’t go all out. That is not my secret. I’m OK with my non decorating status. I wish I did, but I don’t.

Here is my dirty little Christmas secret:

I hate Christmas music. As my daughter would say. “Mom, hate is a strong word.” Which my reply would be “Yes, dear, that is why I am using it.” I can’t stand, loathe, am repulsed by and have total disdain for Christmas music. I can handle one or two in a row on the radio or in the mall. But more than that and I begin to feel feverish, body ache starts creeping up on me and a headache is not far off.

Did something happen to me as a child? Was I beat with a Carpenters Christmas album? Rocked to sleep nightly by Christmas with the New Christy Minstrels? I have no idea. I just detest it with every ounce and fiber in my being.  It doesn’t matter if Mariah Carey and Taylor Swift, Nine Inch Nails and Metallica or Bing Crosby and Micheal Buble are singing. Any style, any genre, any band playing holiday fare and my left eye twitches and I want to run away screaming.

I know how important it is to most everyone else in my life so I will fake it.  When my baby girl is on stage at her Christmas performance I will move and sway to her singing pa rum pa pa pum like it was the first time I have ever heard it. Not the actual 100th time since she has been practicing every night, all night since practically the first day of school. No, love is sacrifice, right? And I reeeealllly love my little girl.

Anyone with me? Do you love or despise Christmas music?

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9 Comments For This Post

  1. Ron Says:

    Guilty. I don’t mind the “worship” style Christmas music, but the “Santa got ran over by a reindeer” and “jingle bells” stuff wants to make me stick my head in a wood chipper.

  2. Lori Zimbardi Says:

    There are probably 2 worship ones that I can handle but yes, Santa Baby and the like destroy me!!!!

  3. DZ Says:

    I plan on playing Christmas music while we decorate and chug some egg nog.

  4. Lori Zimbardi Says:

    Then you’ll be decorating and drinking alone, my friend.

  5. debbie jaurigue Says:

    Love it! Pa rum pa pa pummmmmmmm

  6. Lori Zimbardi Says:

    We did turn on some Christmas music when we put up the tree but it was horrible and Perryann begged him to STOP!!! It was horrible classical-ish music.

  7. April Glatzel Says:

    Were you beaten with a Carpenter’s Christmas album?!?!?!?! OMG, I peed a little when I read that! You are too funny! Odd though, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who really hates the holiday music like you, but to each his own is the key to living in peace, right? At least your hatred for something made for a great blog entry! I grew up playing Christmas music on the piano and play every year to put me in the mood to decorate and shop. I hate Christmas shopping as much as you hate Christmas music! If we shopped together, you’d be wearing earplugs, and I’d be squirming like a husband and wondering when we’re heading for the car.

  8. Lori Zimbardi Says:

    April, I admit it is sad that I despise it as much as I do. I am not a huge shopper either and this year I have discovered shopping online. I have always been to lazy to get right to it when the season commences so I am a Christmas Eve shopper. Not this year. I have almost all my shopping done and I never left my bed. It has been awesome.

  9. Anna Dinkelbach Says:

    Hilarious!! Like you, I’m not a fan of Christmas music either. Unfortunately I work in an office where anyone can play anything on their personal CD/radio for everyone to hear. Earplugs got me through the last few years, but had to give them up when my boss started getting complaints I wasn’t answering my phone. Finally, a fantastic co-worker gave me a CD she had made (just for me) of Jazzy/Blues-inspired “Holiday music”. I’ll admit, it was an akward “Oh wow, thanks” but since that day, that CD is the only “Holiday music” I can handle.
    As far as decorating, those scented pinecones are as far as I go.

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