Sunday, December 24, 2006

My Christmas Gift to You

Wow. Check out the video for "Christmas Shoes" by Newsong, a Christian group I had never heard of before I heard this horrifically treacly song. Apparently some Dickensian-looking child is sent to the store by his father to buy a pair of shoes for his mother so she looks nice for Jesus when she kicks the bucket. The kid doesn't have enough money for the shoes so he scams the guy in line behind him into kicking in the remainder. There are so many things wrong with this song and video.

Nothing could be worse. Oh wait, I was wrong.

Merry Christmas, everyone! I leave you with some '80s goodness.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Jenny!

12/24/2006 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I HATE that Christmas shoes song. I was going to do a post about how much I hate it, but I figured I'd be slaughtered for it.

First off, if his dad sent him in there, he should have sent him with enough damn money so he didn't have to grift some other dude at the register.

Secondly, in the song, the kid says "could you hurry, sir?, daddy says there's not much time..." Now come the heck on - if some kid looked all bedraggled and needed money, and I felt led to give it to him, and was counting my money, only to have him tell me to "hurry up", I'd have my wallet put back in my purse faster than he could say

Whenever that song comes on, women in stores start bawling, and I want to smack someone. I HATE treacle, and I HATE schmaltz, and I HATE songs that are written expressly to tug on people's frickin' heartstrings. Therefore...this song gets an F-. Thank you for skewering it so I didn't have to.

12/24/2006 8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Addendum - I LOVE the 80's song...was that Live Aid?

I love the line "there won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime". Do most Africans even celebrate Christmas?!

When we were listening to Christmas music on the radio in my classroom the past couple weeks and this came on, I'd sing along, and the kids thought I was nuts. Rock on!

12/24/2006 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I'm taking over your comments, but I need to add a second addendum! A third point of contention I have with the shoes song is that I'm pretty sure you can't take it with you when you go, so putting new shoes on his mom will do no good when she shows up in heaven. The shoes won't be there...

Don't Christian groups know their Bible verses?!

(I think I'm done!)

12/24/2006 8:06 PM  
Blogger Dim said...

Merry Christmas, JG!

12/25/2006 12:06 AM  
Blogger Jenny G said...

Merry Christmas, Annoyed and Dim!

Rusty: That was the biggest problem I had with the song! Why the hell would they waste money on shoes when they could have spent it on, oh I don't know, food? Only your soul goes to Heaven and I doubt Jesus would really give a rat's rectum about what people are wearing anyway. Did you notice the kid only had like, $1 in change? WTF?! The comments on YouTube were all like, "I cry so hard when this song comes on." So do I, because it's so horrible. I heard it on the radio for the first time right after I posted this. Word to your other comments.

Yes, it's Live Aid, and no, I don't think most Africans are Christians.

Did you click on the "I was wrong" link to see the Family Circus Christmas?

12/25/2006 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you agree with me! I abhor that song.

And yes, I did unfortunately click on the link to Family Circus...I wish I hadn't!

12/25/2006 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sweet christmas gift. BandAid..finest x-mas song ever..there i said it.

Merry Christmas..

12/25/2006 9:19 PM  
Blogger B. said...

LOVE this song and love Bono!!

12/26/2006 6:41 PM  

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