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April 2017

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The holiday season

I fail to see why the radio stations are so enamored of the song, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." The song is only cute from an adult's perspective; from its own narrator's perspective, the child who sings it has no way out of a traumatic discovery. Either way it goes, he's finding out something about his parents that he'd rather not know.

Or maybe I'm over-thinking it.

That is pretty much my only Grinchlike thought at the moment. I'm enjoying the preparations for this holiday season. I like the lights and the decorations and the music (except for the aforementioned song). I like getting in touch with people I may not hear from at other times of year. Even in the face of whatever sadness inevitably finds its way into our lives, I find the holidays comforting rather than harsh.

Family get-togethers can put pressure on people, which means that they can be fertile settings for writers, who need conflict around which to build stories. (I took full advantage of this in the Thanksgiving scene of The Secret Year.) But I hope you all are finding conflict only on the page, and are finding calm and celebration in the real world!


When I was little, I was always thought that song was a sweet little song where Santa visits, and the kid's mom gives him a quick little peck on the cheek to thank him for the gifts. It helped that I had a record with a picture on it showing just that. Then, my grandmother traumatized me when she said the song was actually about the dad dressing up as Santa. That had never occured to me. To this day, I still go with my version. =)
I think your grandmother's right, but I prefer your version. ;-)
I get cranky about most secular Christmas carols.
If I never hear dogs barking "Jingle Bells" again, I'll be just fine.
I hate the song "Santa Baby." I'm going, dude! Santa's got a wife! You get your mitts off him!

Also I get the song "Feliz Navidad" stuck in my head for pretty much the whole month.
I never thought much of "Santa Baby" until I heard a newer version that makes me think the way Eartha Kitt delivered that song was genius.

FN is indeed an earworm! But the all-time Christmas earworm is the Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick." It takes serious work to dislodge that one from the brain.
I love this time of year, too. I'm just not wild about constant Christmas songs - especially early December. I like to transition a little more slowly into the festive season. I'm hoping to get my cards out and my decorations up this weekend.
Once we pass Thanksgiving, I think Christmas decorations are fair game. Halloween is too early, though!