The Christmas Carol Deficiency

The last lesson for each of my classes was about Christmas.  I talked a bit about Christmas in Canada, our traditions, my feelings about Christmas, we did a few fun discussions, and I introduced them to some Christmas carols they didn’t know.  I figured that out by sitting in a shopping mall for a half hour.  They literally repeated the same 6 songs:

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells Redux, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Sleigh Ride, Joy to the World, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

If this is what these kids hear for Christmas music my heart honestly bleeds for them.  They are exposed to Christmas in the same way a cat is exposed to death: slowly over at least nine times.   So I taught them I Saw Three Ships, Auld Lang Syne, Deck the Halls, and I played and sang for them Fairytale of New York.  If you don’t have this song, buy or download it.  It is my favourite Christmas song since my Dad first introduced it to me.

An Excerpt:

They got cars big as bars
They got rivers of gold
But the wind goes right through you
It´s no place for the old
When you first took my hand on a cold Christmas Eve
You promised me Broadway was waiting for me
You were handsome, you were pretty
Queen of New York city when the band finished playing they yelled out for more
Sinatra was swinging all the drunks they were singing
We kissed on a corner
Then danced through the night.

And the boys from the NYPD choir were singing Galway Bay
And the bells were ringing out for Christmas Day.

The Pogues first sang it and it has dozens of covers now.  It was also banned for some time in Britain because of certain language those uptight brits couldn’t quite handle.
Merry Christmas everyone.

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