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12-24-08 Vince Guaraldi Trio – O Tannenbaum, from A Charlie Brown Christmas

Posted by Sean on December 24, 2008

I’m crazy. I don’t like Christmas. Christmas season, I like. I like the anticipation, the seasonal finery, the accelerated buzz in the stores, the Salvation Army guy in his uniform with his bell and urn. I like the turning the seasons and the world going from fall to winter. Hell, I even like it when they flip back from Daylight Savings Time, and I have to drive home in the dark. It’s all of a suchness, you know?, to grok and be grokked in return.

So when I finally get to Christmas – the whole reason for the season – it’s kind of a letdown. I get up at 6 a.m., which is earlier than when I get up for work, unwrap a bunch of presents that I don’t want, go back to sleep and then hang around the house in my underwear, bored out of my skull and bathing in my own funk and the knowledge – an exquisite torture surely created by the Devil Himself – that the season is over and it’s back to the grind tomorrow.

But then, isn’t that true of everything? The getting never lives up to the getting there. This is why I would have been a terrible Knight of the Round Table [1]:

King Arthur: Waitaminnit. Hold on here. You mean to say, Sir Sean the Easily Excitable, that you went through all of that – suffered the torments of Hell, battled demons both inner and outer, purified your soul, made yourself worthy in the eyes of God, found the Holy Grail – AND THEN YOU DIDN’T BRING THE STUPID THING BACK?

Sir Sean: Dude, it was, like, this cup. You have lots of cups. You’re the king. [2]

In that vein, I’d like to share a song that signifies to me the Christmas season as a whole. It’s the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s version of O Tannenbaum, which you probably know better from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Courtesy of devilishduck.

Poor Charlie Brown, can’t catch a break. Well, he did catch one: he wasn’t struck dead with lightning when he said, “I won’t let all this commercialism ruin my Christmas” in a Peanuts cartoon.

But since we are purveyors of snarkiness, I feel I must share this other video that I stumbled across, courtesy of Mike Massey. It’s from that soon-to-be Holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Heavy Metal Christmas.

[1] That and the incident in third grade with the road flares, the can of lighter fluid and the class hamster whom I renamed, just before his untimely demise, as Zippy the Astro-Mouse.

[2] King Arthur: Someone stick this ninny in the iron maiden.

Sir Sean: Iron Maiden? Excellent!

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