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It’s Weird. It’s Strange. It’s a Christmas Song?

For the remainder of this week, I am writing a series on specific Christmas songs and the memories they invoke for me. It’s unapologetically the holiday I celebrate, though I enjoy reading and hearing about others in the spectrum. Throughout the week, please leave your favorite songs from the daily genre in the comments. At the end of the week, I will draw a name, and the winner will receive a CD or download of one of the genres mentioned to enjoy next year. The more you comment, the greater your chance to win.

Please forgive a repost of sorts in the middle of a series. I have contracted a mighty, wicked cold and have been sleeping for the better part of the last day. So, today, I’m simply going to ask you a question. What’s your off-the-wall Christmas song fave, a tune that maybe doesn’t go with Christmas, but you can’t help but associate it with the holiday?

I have two.

First, I recorded this one last year in Stockholm. I have no idea what they’re singing, but they’re dressed like Christmas, and it’s snowing, leaving me to assume it is a carol of some sort. It makes me happy every time I listen to it.

The other song I associate with the season is a Jewish hymn, Elohai N’Tzor. I picked it up last year as part of Pink Martini’s Christmas CD, which is FABULOUS. Again, I have no idea what they’re singing, but this song makes me tear with every playing.

What is your favorite off-the-wall holiday song?

Please post your selections today in the comment section.

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  1. I love the Jackson 5 version of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” Just a cute innocent little song.

    December 22, 2011
  2. I really don’t have any off the wall Christmas faves, I like the traditional songs and the occasional off beat song like Grandma Got Run Over with a Reindeer.

    So for today I’ll go with Barbara Streisand and I’ll be Home for Christmas.

    December 22, 2011
  3. Gotta be Kirsty Mcoll and the Pogues, Fairytale of New York: on denistry ground alone. One of my favourite Christmas songs of all time.

    December 22, 2011
  4. Lou is off the wall enough all on his own.

    But, how about this. My daughter loves it, which means I love it!

    December 22, 2011
  5. Has to be “merry xmas from the space-age bachelor pad” by Esquivel…
    can’t find video, sorry.

    December 22, 2011
    • What a pity. That would make an exquisite addition to these festivities. :)

      December 22, 2011
  6. Well it’s not really off the wall and it is a Christmas song (guess I’m a non-conformist today?), but….”I’m getting nuttin for Christmas”. Gosh I loved that song. When all of us were kids on Sorrell Drive on fine Christmas morning, we all received a record player and the record that was playing as we all tumbled into the living room was, “I’m getting nuttin for Christmas”. Such fun it has been rolling down memory lane. :)

    Ava Marie is another song I equate with Christmas time but I’m sure it’s one of the songs we used to sing in Church at Midnight Mass.

    Hope you start feeling better soon Andra!!!!

    December 22, 2011
    • I’ve always loved that one, too. Here’s to nuttin.

      And, Aaron Neville’s Ave Maria is my favorite.

      December 22, 2011
  7. Carnell, that’s it! That song is so ridiculous but I sing it every time.

    December 22, 2011
  8. Jill Clary Stevenson #

    This isn’t really off the wall, but I like it anyway!

    December 22, 2011
  9. Well, for more recent songs, Carnell hit the nail on the head. But, dating waaaay back to my childhood, it would undoubtedly have to be:

    I remember the version done by Spike Jones & his City Slickers, but haven’t found a video of that group performing it, so here’s Melissa Lynn instead:

    Sorry you’ve been under the weather. :( Hope you’re better soon!

    December 22, 2011
    • My two front teeth were both missing one Christmas in my life, and everybody tried to get me to sing this song. :)

      December 22, 2011
  10. The Lovely Miss TK #

    This is a traditional Christmas song with a twist;_ylu=X3oDMTBybnZlZnRlBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkAw–/SIG=120bpbbb5/EXP=1324593582/**http%3a//

    I hope my post worked. If not, it is John Denver and The Muppets singing The 12 Days of Christmas

    December 22, 2011
  11. I like all the parody carols I can get my hands on. “The Twelve Pains of Christmas” comes to mind.

    December 22, 2011
  12. I don’t know how to embed a video, so I’m using this opportunity, Andra, to try! But my odd Christmas song is Tom Waits singing “Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis,” which is both compelling and off-putting, all rolled into one! I like the ukele version, enjoy Tom Waits’ voice, and it isn’t intended to be “Christmasy” at all, but the title caught my attention a few years ago, and thanks to youtube I can share it with you! Feel better soon!! Debra

    December 22, 2011
    • I also love this tune, although I prefer this version…

      Neko case has a wonderful cover of it as well.

      December 22, 2011
    • Well, I love it when somebody inserts a Christmas song I’ve never heard of or don’t have. This one is AWESOME.

      December 22, 2011
  13. OK, my two which I had to think about for a while:

    Walking ‘Round in Women’s Underwear

    And Cheech and Chong’s Santa Claus and His Old Lady

    December 22, 2011
    • These are both EXCELLENT. :)

      December 22, 2011
    • My theme song! No, not Cheech and Chong…

      December 22, 2011
      • :)

        December 23, 2011
      • Miss May, I was wondering where you were in this whole discussion. I do understand that “Walking ‘Round In Women’s Underwear” might be a song you can relate to!

        December 23, 2011
      • Relate to? Sweetheart, it is a song I live to! Well, that and Monty Python’s Lumberjack song…. although not a Christmas tune.

        December 23, 2011
      • I’ve not seen this for the last year! What fun!

        December 23, 2011
  14. In one of the Doctor Who Christmas specials, Andra, there was a song called The Stowaway, which I quite like. I’ve found this version of it on You Tube that has lyrics, so you can sing along. (My technical skills are kind of lacking today, so if this link works, I’ll eat my hat. If not, Andra, could you edit this comment slightly so it does work…? Thanks… )

    December 22, 2011
    • Mentioning Doctor Who to some of this gaggle of readers will make you the most popular commenter on the blog, Tom. We have quite a contingent of Doctor Who fans. :)

      December 22, 2011
      • You’ve got that right…and there is NEW one on Christmas evening. Woooo!

        December 22, 2011
      • Lou Mello #

        Did somebody say they are looking for the DR??

        December 22, 2011
    • Tom’s comment contains a link to the song, Lou. A DR. WHO Christmas song.

      December 22, 2011
  15. Andra,

    I want to try this again…feel free to delete the above…

    December 22, 2011
    • Deleted, though three in a row Ramones wasn’t a bad addition to this post. :)

      December 22, 2011
  16. Fun post. Feel better, Andra!

    My fave:

    December 22, 2011
    • Aw, I LOVE this one. One has to put a peg on one’s nose to sing it though.

      December 23, 2011
    • Great one, Nancy.

      December 23, 2011
      • The Jethro Tull Christmas album is altogether great. One of my favorites. But I don’t consider it odd or unusual….

        December 24, 2011
      • Why would it be? :)

        December 24, 2011
  17. Christmas, Christmas time is here, time for toys and time for cheer. And Christmas time isn’t really here until I’ve heard David Seville and the Chipmunks on the radio. (And I mean a real radio, not store music or my own stereo…)

    August 26, 2013

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