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Friar’s Six Favorite Christmas Songs That Are Totally Awesome

December 18, 2012

You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Who doesn’t love this classic song, with these classic lyrics?

“I wouldn’t touch you with a 39-and-a-half-foot pole.” 

And in case you didn’t know, the singer, Thurl Ravenscroft, is also the voice of Tony the Tiger.

Which is what makes this song especially GRRRREAT!

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Oh Tannenbaum (from a Charlie Browns’ Christmas)

If you grew up in the 60’s or 70’s, and you don’t love the Charlie Brown Christmas, then I’m sorry, your heart is made of stone and there is no hope for you.

I pretty much love the entire Vince Guiraldi soundtrack but there’s something special about “O Tannenbaum“.

Because instantly, I’m transformed again into a wide-eyed 5-year old again.

Sitting in front of the black and white TV in our living room, watching Charlie Brown and Linus pick out their tree at the lot with the big moving searchlights.

Still gives me goosebumps when I hear it.

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Holly Jolly Christmas (Burl Ives)

Yes, I realize this is a corny old song, but I like it for sentimental reasons.

Just like with the Charlie Brown Christmas,  thing song brings me back 40 years.    Back to when I saw Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer for the first time.

They played this song towards the end of the show.  After Rudolph rescued his family, the Bumble had been tamed, Herbie was allowed to become a dentist, and Christmas was on again.

All was well with the world again.

Wish I could go back to those simpler times.

When Christmases were still innocent and magic.

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The Little Dealer Boy (Stephen Colbert and Willie Nelson)

I don’t smoke.   I’m not into weed.

But this take-off on Bing Crosby and David Bowie’s “Little Drummer Boy”  duet is bound to become a classic.

And it’s surprisingly well-done and quite touching, if you give it half a chance and see the video.

“And let not mankind bogart love”

Say what you want, but you cant really argue with that message.

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Mary’s Boy Child (Boney M)

The reason I love this song, is based on just two words:

“BOY-CHILD”.

It changed my whole life.

You see, for whatever reason (don’t ask me why), my brother and I both found the words “Boy-child” incredibly hilarious.

“Boy-child” became the punch-line for countless of inside jokes, for decades to come.

We even made “Boy-child” facial expressions while posing  for family photos,  which would drive our family crazy.

(We still do, in fact).

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The Huron Carol

Oh…don’t get me STARTED on this one.

Again, you can thank my brother for this.

One year, they had the little kids sing this at Christmas Eve mass.

And I started to crack up when they sang words “Gitchi Manitou”

I wasn’t supposed to, but I did.

My brother didn’t help….he would look at me and whisper “The Gitchi Manitou is going to get you”.   Over and over.

Which of course, would only trigger more snickering.

Long story short…it was the WORST giggle fit I ever had in church.

And I’m going to burn in hell for it.   I know it.

But it was worth it.

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Friar’s Christmas Wishes

December 22, 2011

Forget world peace.

Here’s what I’d like to see for Christmas 2011.

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All the fruitcake on the planet will be loaded onto one huge rocket, and launched into the sun.

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It’ll be against the law to give clothes as gifts to any kid under 10.

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The Turkey Stuffing Fairy will see to it that turkey stuffing everywhere will be raisin-free.

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Charlie Brown will finally stop taking crap from Lucy.

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The Abominable Snow-Monster will get to keep all this teeth, this time.

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Children’s Aid will get involved, and see to it that those poor Frosty kids have decent winter clothes, for a change.