7 Christmas Songs That May Not Have The Jolly Message You Thought They Did

7 Christmas Songs That May Not Have The Jolly Message You Thought They Did

Call me the Grinch, I don't care, he lives alone with his dog and that doesn't sound so bad sometimes.


If you're one of those people who loves Christmas music so much that you listen to it year 'round, you may want to stop reading after this sentence.

Call me the Grinch, I don't care, he lives alone with his dog and that doesn't sound so bad sometimes.

But my ears have been inundated with holiday tunes since August and I am a little salty about it. And being a writer, I tend to notice song lyrics, especially if it is a song I have heard a gazillion times. So with this tendency, I started listening to some of the holiday classics analytically.

This may have been a HUGE mistake. Because I started unwrapping all of the weird messages not so subtly hidden in these seasonal jingles.

I know, it upset me too, but here are seven that I found particularly strange.

1. "Baby it's Cold Outside"

Multiple radio stations have actually started banning this song for, frankly, obvious reasons. In the #MeToo era, we can't ignore the narrative of a man blatantly refusing to listen to a woman denying his advances. She even says, "the answer is no," and he keeps trying to get her to stay.

And the "what's in this drink?" line? Not OK. Luckily, there is a new version that emphasizes consent out there.

2. "Santa Baby"

Perhaps not as creepy as the last one, but the innuendo is too weird here. I'm not wrong.

3. "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"

At first listen perhaps this seems like a cute tune, reminding you of how much you cared about making Santa's "good" list as a kid, but objectively the lyrics, "he sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake" describes a stalker. Describes a potential serial killer. And that's NOT cute.

4. "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth"

Why is this song sung by adults so often? I understand how toddlers lose teeth, but like how did you lose them, a bar fight?

5. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"

So "mommy" and daddy dressed as Santa may be consenting adults showing affection for each other, but this is such a strange and light-hearted way to sing about a potentially traumatizing event for a young child.

6. "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"

Wait, what happened to Grandma?!

7. "Father Christmas"

So, this one may not be THAT popular, but I remember it growing up and it's actually very violent. The chorus alone: "Father Christmas, give us some money, don't mess around with those silly toys, we'll beat you up if you don't hand it over." Enough said.

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

As well as this article by a fellow creator…

What You Learn Losing A Parent So Young

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