It’s that time of year yet again. The annual debate rages about whether Christmas music and decorations are in evidence too early in stores. What is too early in the world of commerce? In the United States Thanksgiving Day is the Christmas season opener. In Canada with our earlier Thanksgiving we have come to accept Halloween as the starting point. Once the trick-or-treating is done, it’s witches and goblins out, Santas in. And with the decorations comes the music. Christmas carols piped into malls and stores for seven weeks in an effort to convince shoppers to part with their cash in the name of peace on earth, and good will toward men.
As a kid we used to have fun altering some of the carols, and I seem to recall an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati that featured the following ditty:
Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen
Someone punched him in the snout
Now he looks uneven
Sometimes it was not an intentional change that made things funny, but a misheard word or two. I have a family member who as a child sang about Molly Faithful, not Marianne’s sister, but as in Oh Come Molly Faithful, joyful and triumphant … instead of “all ye faithful”. Granted he was not listening to the finest quality stereophonic sound and this was back before YouTube videos with sub-titled lyrics were available.
If you have any similar fractured Christmas Carols let me know …