I think there are two camps of people that exist: those that love Christmas music, and those who are vehemently against it. I fall into the former camp. The day after Thanksgiving is over, I'm zealous about the holiday music I listen to. I'm a huge fan of the classics and I think it's widely agreed upon that very few new Christmas music is good (although kudos for attempting).
But there are some great modern-day Christmas songs out there! Here are a few of my favorites.
#1 - Mariah Carey, "All I Want for Christmas is You"
As far as I'm concerned, this list could be composed entirely of Mariah Carey's song "All I Want for Christmas is You" and be considered a raging success. This is not only the best modern-day Christmas song, it's probably my favorite Christmas song of all time. And I'm not sorry! I love this song. Bonus points for the video.
I admit that I've never really been into the classic Christmas films like "Miracle on 34th Street" or "White Christmas." The only annual Christmas movie my family and I made sure to watch together was the animated specials like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the cartoon version of "The Grinch." So, as I grew up, my favorite Christmas films tended to be modern movies that I just really enjoyed. Here's my personal list of favorite Christmas movies.
#1 - The Family Stone
Something about "The Family Stone" gets me every time. It's possibly because the family is so dysfunctional I can't help but love them. They're the good kind of crazy. Plus, it makes me cry like a baby. Good Christmas movies will do that, man.
I'm one of those people who kind of loves holiday music. Around this time of the year, I'm guilty of swapping my Pandora stations to play Christmas songs and I've even purchased entire holiday albums (hi, 2000 Christina Aguilera album "My Kind of Christmas").
I don't cringe when I hear holiday songs in the stores (even if it is before Thanksgiving) and I won't turn the radio off no matter how many times I've heard that particular song.
Except when it comes to five of them. I present to you my list of the five absolute worst holiday and Christmas songs of all time.
#5: "Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer"
So I don't actually hate this song. I even understand the appeal of it for kids. In fact, I actually thought this song was hilarious when I was little. But as an adult, it's certainly not my favorite holiday song. If I never heard it again, I'd be fine with that.
So we talked about the Best Gifts Ever.
But what about the truly awful ones?
Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has a tradition where he has parents prank their children, video tape it, post it on YouTube, and then the best selections are shown on TV across America.
It’s not as evil as it sounds, I swear. Or maybe it is. Whatever the case, these kids were arguably given the worst presents ever — everything from potatoes to a tube of toothpaste — and they had no qualms about saying so.
To be fair, I think I’d probably be a little irked if my mom and dad let me open a gift early, only to find out that it was a packet of taco seasoning. (Check out part one here, though be warned that the ending has some language that's NSFW.)
Have you had some really awful gifts? Or a gift you thought was awful at the time, but would love to get today? Or maybe something so bad you couldn't even stand the thought of re-gifting?
Each holiday season, plenty of parents are armed with cameras, ready to capture the look on their kids’ faces as they open that one gift – their Best Gift Ever.
When I was young, one of my favorite presents was a super-amazing stereo, something that is all but obsolete now. No matter, it was the best, it was silver and teal, it was shiny, and it was mine, all mine. I didn’t have to play music out in the living room anymore and get yelled at for “that racket” — I was free! With iPods, laptops, and a jillion other contraptions, stereos seem completely barbaric now. But I can’t tell you how fun it was to DJ in my room, blast awesomely bad pop music and dance around pretending I was a superstar. Not that I did that.
Here are some other people’s Best! Gifts! Ever!
OMG a foot cleaner
Do you spend your days yearning for items advertised on late-night infomercials? What about a foot cleaner? This little girl yearns for a combination of both, and made it so known that she got the present for Christmas. Odd as it may seem, she's so psyched about it, she can barely talk. Her feet will be the cleanest in the entire school.