Christmas music comes in a variety of packages. Some Christmas songs are somber, some are happy, but many of the most beloved Christmas songs are those that make us laugh and smile. These songs are a reminder that the holidays are not just about the rush, or the presents, but the get togethers with family, and the fun to be had. Here is a look at three of the most light-hearted Christmas songs ever to grace the radio.
‘I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas’
One of those Christmas songs that you cannot help laughing about or at least smirking at when you are listening is “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” The song was made famous by Gayla Peevey in 1953 and it can still be heard on the radio today. My favorite lyric in the song is “There’s lot of room for him in our two-car garage. I’d feed him there and wash him there and give him his massage. I can see me now on Christmas morning, creeping down the stairs. Oh, what joy and what surprise when I open up my eyes to see a hippo hero standing there.” The song never fails to make me smile in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
‘Dominic the Christmas Donkey’
Any Christmas song that includes the braying of a donkey is alright in my book. “Dominic the Christmas Donkey” was made famous by Lou Monte in 1960. This fun Christmas song tells about a donkey named Dominic who helps Santa deliver gifts to the children of Italy, since his reindeers cannot climb the hills in Italy.
‘Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer’
Quite possibly one of the funniest Christmas songs ever recorded is “Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer.” Written by Randy Brooks and performed by Patsy and Elmo in 1979, “Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer” became an instant hit. The song tells about a grandmother who loved her eggnog a little too much and became the victim of a Reindeer hit and run. Meanwhile Grandma’s family sits and contemplates about what to do with all her presents.
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