They may not know it’s Christmas….


….but I wonder if they know a bad song when they hear it?
This is the time of year when I turn off the Sixties on Six on XM radio and turn to their Christmas station, Holly. Unfortunately they have a habit of playing the same songs over. And over. And over. One of their most unfortunate choices is Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” I’m not sure that song could be any more smarmy and condescending. Contains possibly one of the worst lines in a charity song ever: “Tonight thank God it’s them instead of you.” That’s either hideously cruel or unforgivably self-righteous (I’m leaning toward the latter, considering Bono was involved). Oh, and don’t forget the classic, “There won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas.” Shit, really? I can’t imagine. Do go on. I wasn’t aware that the snow shortage in the desert and tropics was tops on the global crisis list. There won’t be snow on California’s central coast this Christmas, either, and I don’t hear anyone writing a song about it. Of all the reasons I have to feel empathy for the people of Africa, the fact that it doesn’t snow there at Christmas would not be anywhere close to on the list.
P.S. to Bob Geldof — it snows in the Drakensberg mountain range in South Africa so, ostensibly, there WILL be snow in Africa this Christmas. Perhaps a bit of studying up on the geography of the next continent you so generously decide to save would be in order.


About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

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