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Worst Christmas Songs Ever: “Santa Baby”

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , on December 13, 2013 by 30daysout

This is one that just gets on my last nerve. Every time it comes on I can’t change the channel fast enough. The tune, which tells the tale of a woman asking Jolly Old St. Nick for extravagant gifts, was written by Joan Javits and Phillip Springer in 1953. It was first recorded by Eartha Kitt that same year and has since been done by everyone from Madonna to Calista Flockhart.

I’m guessing the song is supposed to be sexy, but for me it’s about a thousand miles away. It just sounds like a rich girl whining to her wealthy old husband (dressed up like Santa, of course) for more and hinting at sex that most likely will never take place. After he falls asleep, because he’s in late 80s, she’ll max out his credit card and he’ll wake up and wonder what the hell happened. He’ll eventually die, she’ll get all his money, and then fight with his kids in court for years. I’m thinking I may have read way too much into this song.

Here is one of the worst versions performed by Madonna…

30 Days Out (From Christmas) – A Jewish Christmas

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2008 by 30daysout


Day 14 – As we all know those of the Jewish faith don’t celebrate Christmas, but instead Hannukah, or the Festival of Lights, an eight-day holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd Century BCE. It starts on the 25th Day of the Kislev according to the Hebrew Calendar.

The lack of a Christmas tree, Santa Claus, and everything else that goes along with Christmas hasn’t stopped some of the biggest stars from recording holiday tunes. Neil Diamond, Barbara Streisand, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Mitch Miller and the great Herb Alpert just to name a few have all laid down Christmas tracks. Kenny G sold millions of Christmas albums, and two of the most popular yuletide songs in history, “White Christmas” and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” were written by Irving Berlin and Mel Torme, respectively. Both happened to be Jewish.

MP3: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” – Neil Diamond

MP3: “Ave Maria” – Barbara Streisand

MP3: “Because It’s Christmas” – Barry Manilow

MP3: “The Twelve Days of Christmas” – Mitch Miller and the Gang

MP3: “River” – Robert Downey Jr.

Mp3: “The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle” – Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

MP3: “The 7 O’Clock News/Silent Night” – Simon and Garfunkel

Mp3: “White Christmas” – Kenny G

Mp3 – “The Christmas Song” – Mel Torme