Question One: This has come up often enough that I figured I’d ask: how do you interpret this line from the Most Wonderful Time Of The Year:
“There’ll be scary ghost stories
and tales of the glories
of Christmases long-long ago.”
I figured the “scary ghost stories” was a reference to A Christmas Carol, which social message aside is very much a ghost story. But a few people in the last few weeks have said something like “What do ghost stories have to do with Christmas?” How do you guys interpret that line?
2) I felt very proud of myself when I realized Weird Al Yankovic’s “Christmas At Ground Zero” is an inversion of the chords of “A Holly Jolly Christmas.” Is that something everyone already knew, and I’m totally late to the party?
My Patient Husband tells me Weird Al’s explanation for that song was that his record label asked him for a Christmas tune. “I don’t think that’s what they expected,” added Mr. Yankovic.
3) Am I the only one who doesn’t feel like “advent” until the majority of the Christmas preparation is done? I know the real preparation for Christmas should be spiritual, but the physical preparations (sending cards, planning and getting gifts, mailing them) overwhelm me. I don’t even want to hear Christmas songs until most of that is out of the way. It feels as if everyone else looks forward to Christmas music on the radio in early November and can’t get enough of it. Am I really the only one?