OH BUGGER, IT’S CHRISTMAS!

Pinch, punch. First day of the month!

Yes! It's now officially Christmas at OCICBW..., and we start our festivities in our traditional manner by annoying our good friend, PADRE MICKEY, with a couple of versions of his most hated Christmas song, "Little Drummer Boy." This year, as a special "treat" for El Padre, I have found a version played on a banjo, his most hated instrument.

"A VERY GRUMPY WINTERVAL" to you all!

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OH BUGGER, IT’S CHRISTMAS! — 29 Comments

  1. Hey, as versions go, this one is nice. Makes that dreadful song actually tolerable. (The banjo version, I mean. I need time off Purgatory for whatever followed that..)

  2. Quite exceptionally horrible. As ever your thought and care for your fellow man/woman priests is underwhelming!

    Where do you find them? No, don’t tell me, I might have to kill myself.

  3. I liked them, God help me.
    Probably because there were no vocals.
    Especially because there were no little children voice vocals.
    Thank God for small favors.

  4. I preferred the synth, rock metal guitar version. (Sorry if I have my genre’s mixed!)

    The local HEB supermarket, a Texas import, has been playing Xmas music since mid NOV. It mostly alternates between a myriad of renditions of the Statesonian favorite carol, the Little Drummer Boy, and a myriad of renditions of the Mexican favorite carol, Los Peces en el Rio, (The Fishes in the River), which for some reason are the only animals left out of other cultures’ versions of the Nativity, and the runner up, Campanas de Belen, Bells of Bethlehem.

  5. Aaarrrgggg! Truly awful! It is a grey and dreary November morning here in New England and I was thinking that something beautiful would really help, and then I clicked on THAT!!!
    Waaahhhhh!
    :>) Nij

  6. Mayhap it’s the dour scots mentality rubbing off on you MP, but we were taught that Advent was a brilliant time full of hope and expectation.

    It’s also possible you’ve confused Lent with Advent, common enough as they DO sound the same and all.

    Of course, to counterbalance all of that, you have this.

  7. You should be concentrating on your own mortality this week, young man, not hope and expectation. It is highly unlikely that you have been good enough to get into heaven. But with regular penance and a bit of self-flagelation you might just get into one of the outer circles of hell.

  8. You had me at banjo and lost me at electric guitar. Don’t make me block your site!

    I have it upon good authority that at my siblings’ Baptist church, the pastor wished the congregation a “Merry Christmas” TWICE on Sunday. Fortunately, some of the family attended the reflective, and beautiful beyond words, Advent Procession service at my parish that same evening, so I’m sure God has forgiven them for their exposure to Christmas before its time.

  9. I’m sure God has forgiven them for their exposure to Christmas before its time.

    I’m afraid that’s very unlikely. See my reply to Tim above and hope for the best.

  10. You should be concentrating on your own mortality this week, young man, not hope and expectation. It is highly unlikely that you have been good enough to get into heaven. But with regular penance and a bit of self-flagelation you might just get into one of the outer circles of hell.

    Oh, I AM focusing on my own mortality, though I am full of hope and expectation that my own demise shall not precede the anniversary of the Nativity (Lord willing and the insurance don’t quit).

    I’ll not comment on my own goodness (t’would be prideful and, more importantly, rude), though I can say truthfully that I have never gotten coal in my stocking.

    As for the whole penance and self-flagellation thing, wouldn’t a masochist STOP the beatings as penance? Just….a theoretical question, you understand.

    (high on life and cold meds)

  11. wouldn’t a masochist STOP the beatings as penance?

    Well it’s always been a good enough excuse up to now. It was certainly the one the last pope gave.

  12. First I wake in pain and find I am dealing with 3 kidney stones. I will only say, blood everywhere. Then the first half dozen seconds of that horrible electric guitar! I wonder if Dr. Williams found my blogs? Pins in dolls are the only way to explain the day.

    FWIW
    jimB

  13. Hey, no fair! Dah-veed gets an H.E.B. supermarket in Mexico, but we can’t get them to open one here in our part of Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth) 😛

    We always hit the H.E.B. when we’re vacationing down in San Antonio or Corpus Christi (Gulf coast). It’s a great chain.

    wv: lucki (not)

  14. Jim, that’s terrible! I’ll add that to my prayers 🙁 (the kidney stones, not the electric guitar – that was self-inflicted).

  15. The electric version, with its modulations, is hilariously pompous. The banjo-and-fiddle? I have to say it strikes me as beautiful. But it also makes me wish someone would talk David Eugene Edwards and Wovenhand into recording a version.

  16. Dah-veed,

    Yes, we have Central Market (got one right here in Plano, went last night as a matter of fact). But it’s too expensive to be an everyday supermarket. I only go there for specialty/gourmet-type items. They do have the best tortillas in town (as do the HEBs down in Central Texas – always good Latino bakery items…)