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Christmas Time Is Here


This is the time of year when the Buzz desk awaits the first Christmas CD. What will it be? Will it arrive in July? The bad news is, the CD is not here yet. It looks as if July will come and go without that first Christmas CD.

However all is not lost. The first Christmas book has come in!

It is "Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, Silent Nights: A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs."

OK, it seems kind of windy, devoting something like 10 pages to analyzing "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer." "The very end of the lyric returns to the circumstances of Grandma's death. After noting that he has warned his neighbors of Santa and the reindeer (though presumably they would be out of danger until the following Christmas), the grandson delivers the oddest two lines of the song: no one should issue a driver's license to Santa Claus, a man who lives (plays) with elves.."

Oh, for Pete's sake. Someone was into the eggnog, is what that song is about.

Academics kill us sometimes!

But still. Good on this book, for making it in under the wire.

Christmas in July!


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