Recently, I had a lot of time on my hands driving down to doctor appointments and sitting through traffic. Of course, now is the season where there are a lot of Christmas tunes playing which made me focus on a few thoughts on the season and what it means or just little excerpts of my thoughts on things that go on during the season. This post is about those little quips.

Santa Claus is real. Let me repeat that Santa Claus is real. As much as people want to make others believe that Santa Clause is something people made up to entertain their children during this holiday season, I am here to announce that Yes, Santa Claus is real. Ok, now that I probably made you think that I am some nutcase, I’m probably either going to make you think I’m a bigger nutcase or just a slightly lesser one.

When I said ‘Santa Claus is real,’ it was not in the sense that he is some magical real human being able to deliver gifts to every boy and girl and whatever they want to be across the entire world. But what I did mean is that he is real in the sense of the spirit of his being which does in a way make him real. Santa Claus is the parents that work and go out of their way to bring their children gifts each holiday season, but when I say gifts I’m not talking about only the physical gifts but more the gifts that most parents give/should give to their children throughout the year. Santa Claus is dad going to his child’s first baseball game, watching them strike out miserably each time, and then consoling them with an ice cream sundae or simply a hug afterwards. S.C. is the mom that makes sure her children are taking care of and doing the proper things every day.

Beyond parents, Santa Claus is the stranger helping another stranger out in their time of need. Santa Claus is the stranger giving greetings to another stranger as they pass by each other along their very different paths. In the end, Santa Claus is just the spirit of those around us or throughout society that offer up their little gifts to help others out without any regards. We just need to make sure we go along our life paths and make sure we have these gifts to hand out as simple as they might end up being. We should focus on bringing joy through the world and peace should follow.

Speaking of Peace and Joy, this whole season presents us with some false sense of hope and joy. Yes, it’s time to be a little pessimistic about the season, but then again too many people prop this season up as if nothing is wrong. They just like to sweep all the bad stuff under the rug and go on with their merry way. I really don’t blame them but this really isn’t some magical time where people stop doing bad things. Working in retail for so long, this season has made me believe that it brings out the worse in a lot of people. Fighting over toys, fighting over parking spots, oh and the fraud…how I can go on about the fraud. But then again, I’m guessing this season just brings the opportunity for these people to express their faults that they’d still show in other times of the year but get focused here solely because this Holiday Season is propped up on some magical pedestal. Don’t get me wrong, it should be but not under some false sense of things don’t go wrong just because it’s Christmas. There’s always going to be bad people who will take any advantages they can here. And, there’s always going to be people in worse situations, and no Bono I’m not going to thank God that it’s them and not me. Not because I’m a bad person but rather I’m not thanking God for putting them in a worse spot to make me feel better. You’d think it would be better to pray to God that their lives can improve and not believe that our lives are any better than those in “worse conditions.”

Speaking of Christmas songs… This conversation about this one certain song bugs me. It’s always almost taken out of context and they like to put their own little interpretation(Yes I had to Google the spelling on that word as I was putting it wrong there but actually spelled it right on Google) on it. This is really a two-part quip as I’m also getting annoyed with singers changing the song’s meaning which puts it closer to the other viewpoint’s interpretation. I’ll give you a couple of hints… “Oh my god! That song is so rapey…” “Why do they keep playing this song about sexual harassment each year???!”

Let me go check the temperature….”Baby, It’s cold outside.” Now for part one. That is the song that puts some people on edge and I’m just thinking that there’s nothing wrong with that song in the sense that they see it as. First of all, it is being taken way out of context to what is actually going on in the song. They see it as some evil singing man trying to rape/sexually harass some innocent and helpless singing good lady, of course I’ll get more into that little quip later. But anywhos….About the song and its context. Let’s start by the date when the song was written…1944 by Frank Loesser who premiered it at a party with his wife singing the woman’s part. A wife by the way(according to the infamous Wikipedia) is quoted as saying  “I felt as betrayed as if I’d caught him in bed with another woman.” (Quote cited of course at Wikipedia) when he claimed he was selling the song as it was a hit at parties.

Now let’s get to the context which the year 1944 is VERY important. 1944 wasn’t exactly a sexually open period of time like it was in the 60’s and even nowadays. Take that into context when actually listening to it as if they were thought to be engaging in sexual activities, especially while unwed it would be highly frowned upon. Of course, I’m assuming that the singers in the song were unwed otherwise, the woman wouldn’t be leaving to go anywhere but into their joint bedroom…or at least a separate bed in the same house. Of course, they ignore the context, but more so they even ignore what the women singer is saying.

 

The lyrics and how they stack up: woman (man)

“I really can’t stay (but baby, it’s cold outside)
I’ve got to go away (but baby, it’s cold outside)
This evening has been (been hoping that you’d drop in)
So very nice (I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice)”
Woman: I’ve got to go. It’s been a great night
Man: Please stay for your comfort and stay warm here.
My mother will start to worry (beautiful what’s your hurry?)

My father will be pacing the floor (listen to the fireplace roar)
So really I’d better scurry (beautiful please don’t hurry)
But maybe just a half a drink more (put some records on while I pour)”
Woman: Here’s why I got to go home.
Man: It’s comfortable here. Just stay here.
“The neighbors might think (baby, it’s bad out there)

Say what’s in this drink? (no cabs to be had out there)
I wish I knew how (your eyes are like starlight now)
To break this spell (i’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell)”
Woman: I don’t want to look like a slut. Oh by the way…I like you.
Man: It’s horrible out there…just stay here. I like you too.
“I ought to say, no, no, no sir (mind if I move in closer?)
At least I’m gonna say that I tried (what’s the sense in hurtin’ my pride?)
I really can’t stay (oh baby don’t hold out)
But baby, it’s cold outside”
Woman: I should say no and I don’t want to look like a slut, But I really really really want to say YES.
Man: Is it ok to get closer? Don’t hurt my pride by rejecting my offer just because of that and say YES.
I simply must go (but baby, it’s cold outside)

The answer is no (but baby, it’s cold outside)
Your welcome has been(how lucky that you dropped in)
So nice and warm (look out the window at this dawn)”
Woman: I am politely saying no as you’ve been great.
Man: Just Stay.
My sister will be suspicious (gosh your lips look delicious)

My brother will be there at the door (waves upon the tropical shore)
My maiden aunts mind is vicious (gosh your lips are delicious)
But maybe just a cigarette more (never such a blizzard before)”
Woman: more reasons why I cannot stay as I don’t want to look like a slut.
Man: It’s really really bad out there…stay.
Of course, the context is important as is what the woman is really saying. She really isn’t saying NO because she wants to, but rather because she has to due to societal pressures. It’s one of those issues that the “this song is rapey/about sexual harassment” care to fix and this song actually shows what it looks like. Woman is saying no simply due to societal pressures as opposed to wanting to say no. But of course, they’ll claim well she just wanted to put him down nicely. I really don’t buy that argument as the context of when it was really in my eyes is more important. She simply wanted to stay but well yeah Big Society doesn’t like that. But then again, what do I know? I’m an angry white straight dude sitting behind a keyboard typing. In the end, it’s not a rapey/sexual harassment song but rather it’s a woman needs to be cared for and taken care of by some man song. But why even care what gender the person is who wants to make you feel more comfortable and provide you shelter while there’s a bad storm out. She’d be an idiot to want to go out in that storm, unless of course the man was really trying to hurt her.
Now to the second part. I really think there’s a big conspiracy behind the desk in music land that is trying to get rid of this song. Like I said, they’ve completely ignored the real context of this song and make it out to be something than what it is. But now, they’ve really done it. They are changing the context of this actual song, which why yeah the year being the context is one thing, but now they are adding these “ad-libs” in to well.. make it so it’s creepy. I’d say it was a limited engagement, however I have seen several different songs out there doing so. There’s one where the man ad-libs something like “yeah I’ve got to be persistent.” and another where the woman jokingly adlibs…”man you’re being pushy.” I’m really think they are trying to get people to hate this song. I mean I will admit it is a little creepy if you don’t really listen to it within the context, but you just cannot look at a frame of a picture and say that’s a great/bad picture without looking at the picture. Now they are painting that frame yellow with pink polka dots.