Christmas Carols

The song You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch was performed by the incomparable Thurl Ravenscroft, also the voice of Tony the Tiger.  Last Christmas, I heard it on the radio, immediately followed by Let It Snow.  As I listened to the first line, “Oh, the weather outside is frightful…”, I found myself singing along, mimicking Thurl’s over-enunciated basso voice.  I soon discovered that doing so makes any Christmas song immediately horrifying.  Now I do this with every song I hear after the Grinch, and it has worked out every time.  I now wish there was an album of A Very Thurl Ravenscroft Christmas, with such timeless classics as:

   – the frightening Blue Christmas (“…Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree…”)

   – the menacing I’ll Be Home for Christmas (“…if only in your dreams!”)

   – the macabre Do You Hear What I Hear? (“Said the talking lamb to the shepherd boy…”)

   – and my favorite, the horrifying Christmas Song (“…Jack Frost nipping at your nose…”)

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