As a pianist and member of the high school choir, we’d start Christmas music rehearsals in October. And that is why I contend most musicians hate Christmas carols, most dancers are sick of The Nutcracker and most theatre-folk can’t take another round of A Christmas Carol.
I think my least favorite carols would have to be:
‘Jingle Bells’ sung by that one lady (is it Judy Garland?) where it’s jazzy and syncopated – it’s manic and makes me anxious. Juh-juh-juh-juh-juh Jing Gul Bells! Juh-juh-juh-juh-juh Jang Gul Bells!
‘Sleighride’ or whatever it’s called. If the whipcrack isn’t present in the recording – I imagine it in the right place.
‘Snow’ from White Christmas. I want to wash my hands, my face and hair in snow. WHAT?!
And the all time worst Christmas carol ever – the one I cringe every time I hear it and shrink away from the sheet music when I see it:
‘The Little Drummer Boy.’