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December 26, 2012

Joe Hadsall: Christmas and I have complicated relationship

JOPLIN, Mo. — Sure, I have some great Christmas memories with friends and family, such as the time a family member wrapped a Christmas present for my sister in a Tampax box, or the first time The Lovely Paula and I went to a work-related Christmas party -- it was at the Tower Club in Springfield, and everyone was as quiet as a funeral. Except for blabbermouth me. I'm still amazed my jokes went over as well as they did, because I'm SO not the life of a party.

I like the lights. Those are pretty. And thanks to LED technology, they're are pretty awesome these days. If the new Geek Central had an outside power outlet, I'd probably start embracing my inner Clark Griswold. (Funny story: We've lived here for almost 18 months, and I still haven't found an outside power outlet.)

I can't stand the music, as a whole. Too many unoriginal rehashes, simplistic verse structures, major chords and WAY too much sugar. Jeremiah Tucker said it better in his column last week.

Granted, the Christmas music that I love, I really love. I made a Christmas playlist for TLP last year that features some of those songs. Among my favorites:

  • "Christmas Song," Dave Matthews Band.
  • "Elf's Lament," Barenaked Ladies.
  • "The Closing of the Year," Wendy and Lisa.
  • "Winter Wonderland," Fleming and John (a remake of Led Zeppelin's "Misty Mountain Hop").
  • "Christmas," Blues Traveler.
  • "Fairytale of New York," the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl.
  • Any song on "A Charlie Brown Christmas," by the Vince Guaraldi Trio -- especially "Skating."
  • Any Christmas album by Mannheim Steamroller, especially "Jingle Bells" from "Christmas in the Aire."

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