Anywho, the first song is Baby, It's Cold Outside. This is not a Christmas song. When I was a kid I watched old movies with my mom, especially musicals. I have seen every musical Esther Williams was ever in! I loved her, she was the queen of sass in her time and she was a fabulous swimmer. She always had these big, synchronized swimming numbers in her movies. So there's a movie called Neptune's Daughter 1949 with Esther, Ricardo Montalban, Red Skelton and Betty Garrett (an amazing character actress). Ricardo is putting the moves on Esther and she's like, no way, hence, the song. Then Betty is putting moves on Red and he's like, no way! It's classic movie gold. But somewhere along the way, someone recorded a duet for a Christmas album and then bam! It's a freaking Christmas tune. Uh, not really.
The other song that actually makes me cringe when I hear it at Christmas time, even though I love it, is Dolly Parton's Hard Candy Christmas. Um, seriously, does NO ONE pay attention? This is a song from the movie Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 1982 for crying out loud! It's a song being sung by a group of hookers being thrown out of their brothel people!!! It has NOTHING to do with Christmas except that it has the word Christmas in it! I love Dolly, she's one of the most talented song writers in the world and I love this song. But it's not a freaking Christmas song!!!!
Who knows where traditions start but it scares me what song will get picked up next for a new Christmas jingle. Maybe something fun by Megadeth. Actually, that might be kind of awesome. LOL! By the by, if you've never seen either of these movies have fun trying to find them but they are both worth it. I own Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and I might have to go start building a Esther Williams movie collection. Peace my friends!