McDermott's Top Five Christmas Songs

Grandma Got Ran over By a Reindeer“Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley – This is so much better than that “White Christmas,” and not just because blue is a better color than white. “Blue Christmas” is one of the few love songs about Christmas that is not directed at Santa. The song as a whole has the best message of any holiday song and that is that love is the best Christmas gift around.

“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” by Dr. Elmo – One of the few songs about adults believing in Santa Claus. What could be a better way of going about believing in Santa again by having a relative killed by one of the reindeers? And it has one of the funniest messages of all: Maybe Grandma’s inheritance is the gift you’ll be getting this year.

“Merry Christmas From the Family” by Robert Earl Keen – Forget about having eggnog and family gathering by the fire. Try some Miller Lite and family gathering in AA. Nothing comes closer to describing the average redneck Christmas than this, except probably the next song on the list.

“Redneck 12 Days of Christmas” by Jeff Foxworthy – Who really ever gets a partridge in a pear tree for Christmas? Now, I suppose if you got that gift here in Texas you’d probably get your shotgun and blow the bird to bits. But that’s beside the point. The truth of the matter is that Jeff Foxworthy does a better job at describing an actual Christmas than any other writer, especially Mel Torme. I mean who actually roasts chestnuts on an open fire?

“Silent Night” as sung by Enya – This is the most beautifully recorded song of the most beautifully written Christmas songs. Description hardly does the song justice so you’ll just have to hear it for yourself.

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