More than any other season Christmas tends to attract novelty records, funny Christmas songs that would probably not work at any other time of the year. The best example of this is undoubtedly Elmo & Patsy’s 1978 tale of their unfortunate grandma who got run over by one of Santa’s reindeer after one too many eggnogs. While such a passing would normally have a family in distress the whole event is treated with sardonic glee. So much so that ‘Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer’ remains one of the funniest Christmas songs.
Humorous Christmas songs do not normally have such pathos as evidenced by the slightly similar, insofar as both parties want something special for Christmas, but ultimately quite amusing requests emanating from 2 special kids. Gayle Peevey was only 10 years old when her unusual request was sent to Santa Claus. How the man in red would manage to get the oversized mammal down the chimney is anyone’s guess but ‘I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas’ adds up to one of the funniest Christmas songs ever. George Rock of Spike Jones and His City Slickers may not have been quite so young (in fact he was an adult) when he made like a little boy who had lost his 2 front teeth (whistling vocals included) and all he wanted was them back in time for Christmas.
The Ronettes included a comedy smooch at the start of their ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’ which appeared on the classic Phil Spector Christmas album in 1963. While the receiving Santa may have just been daddy dressed up it sure was a confusing situation for the poor child looking on from the stairs. Slightly more adult in direction is ‘Another Christmas Song’ by US TV satirist Stephen Colbert. Sung in the style of contemporary crooner Michael Buble ‘Another Christmas Song’ is a glorious addition to the list of hilarious Christmas songs. Not even the humble Christmas song is sacred for Colbert as he goes through all the reasons why these perennials (written poolside in middle of summer) get him so worked up each December.
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