Christmas Music: TV Specials

Here’s the fun one where I get to seem like an ignoramus.  Yes, I do know that these songs are not original to the tv specials. Some of them are. Those are the worse ones.  But there’s a whole host of snappy songs that I was introduced to via Christmas specials watched at home or on ABC’s 25 Days of Christmas (is that still a thing?) and those are maybe, for me, the closest to my young child heart because they’re the ones that young child me loved.

Even if as I got a little older I realized that ‘If you sit on my lap today, a kiss a toy is the price you pay’ is not an okay lyric under any circumstances. But when you’re little you’re just like, yeah okay, all smiles here! Creepy ginger man from the woods in strange clothes has toys!

And I’m seriously debating having this be the closing entry in this series. I don’t really like more popular/current Christmas songs (like WHAM’s Last Christmas, etc.) but there are a few that I enjoy… I don’t know? Maybe I’ll tack them on at the end here.

  • Once Upon a Wintertime-Frances Langford:  So this is from that Disney Christmas special made of shorts that I love to the ends of the earth.  You can watch the short on youtube here.
  • Once Upon a December: I’m aware that Anastasia isn’t a Christmas movie. Leave me alone. All I want is to be TOGETHER IN PARIS.
  • Where Are You Christmas?:  This is from the live action Grinch movie which, I’m sorry, I like (I no, I have no taste whatsoever!).  But Cindy Lou Who is played by Taylor Momsen of angsty Gossip Girl fame. Which is mind-blowing. Also I love the disillusionment in this song. Disillusionment is excellent.
  • The Grinch Song: But it doesn’t get better than the original Grinch cartoon and the sooner we come to terms with that the better for all of our sanities.
  • Welcome Christmas:  Fahoo fores, dahoo dores/ Welcome Christmas, come this way/ Fahoo fores, dahoo dores/ Welcome Christmas, Christmas day. Mock me if you like, I love the Who song.
  • Put One Foot in Front of the Other: Santa Claus is Coming to Town is the weirdest movie ever. And who even is the Winter Warlock? Is he Krampus? What is happening?
  • Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town:  I love you mailman Fred Astaire!
  • First Toymaker to the King: What is this nonsense? What exactly is the status of Burghermeister Meister Burgher? I think I should have a post on my Christmas conspiracy theories because I have a lot to say about this one and how BMMB may or may not be overreaching his power.
  • If You Sit on my Lap Today:  Stranger danger!
  • My World is Beginning Today: No. Jessica. Put your hair back up.
  • We Are Santa’s Elves: Rudolph Territory
  • Silver and Gold:  I LOVE THIS SONG BURL IVES MARRY ME! SNOWMAN!
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Kris Kringle/Jingle Jingle Jingle
  • The Island of Misfit Toys
  • We’re a Couple of Misfits: “You can’t fire me, I quit!” *Punches boss-shaped snowman in face*
  • There’s Always Tomorrow
  • Christmastime is Here: Discussed this one briefly when I talked about Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Here Comes Santa Claus: From Year Without a Santa Claus
  • I Believe in Santa Claus
  • Heat Miser
  • Cold Miser
  • Snow in Dixie
  • The Year Without a Santa Claus
  • Peace on Earth: From that one Christmas scene in Lady and the Tramp.
  • Buffalo Gals: Not a Christmas song per se but it’s heavily featured in It’s a Wonderful Life.
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside: This is in Elf so I guess it goes here. I have thoughts. Too many.
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Scrooge: Muppet Christmas Carol. This song sounds weirdly like it should be in Les Mis. It’s all the downtrodden I think.
  • Marley and Marley: Very catchy but VERY odd. It’s those two old critical guys. I like them.
  • When Love is Found/It Feels Like Christmas
  • Barbara Allen: Featured in the best version of Christmas Carol. Lovely.

And the current pop songs (only ones that I enjoy): All I Want for Christmas is You (It’s swing), Christmas Tree by Lady Gaga (So weird). Yeah that’s really it. No rocking around the Christmas tree.

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