8 Christmas Song Parodies to Sing This Holiday

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You know "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," but do you recall the most famous "Rudolph" parody of all—that one featuring a cowpoke with a very shiny gun? There are many, many more song parodies that use the tunes of familiar Christmas songs. We’ve rounded up just a few others that you might not know, but should.  

1. JOHNNY THE REDSHIRT FRESHMAN

Johnny Manziel was a redshirt freshman for Texas A&M in the fall of 2012 when he blew past all competition and won the Heisman Trophy, the first freshman ever to win the award. Michael Cordova wrote a little song about it, set to the tune of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

You know Matthews and Michael and Joeckel and EZ
Stewart, DaMonster, and Harris and Nealy
But do you recall the most famous Aggie of all?
Johnny the redshirt freshman strikes a lovely Heisman pose
But if you ever saw him, you would even say OH NO... no no no... YES YES!

The song is short, but it was really popular with Aggies that year.

2. DECK US ALL WITH BOSTON CHARLIE

Walt Kelly drew the syndicated comic strip "Pogo" from 1948 to 1975. Pogo the possum and his animal friends in the Okefenokee Swamp talked a lot of nonsense that hid social and political satire among the laughs. For Christmas, the satire gave way to downright silliness, as the cast sang classic Christmas carols with nonsense lyrics. The best known was “Deck Us All with Boston Charlie,” a take on "Deck the Halls," which ran year after year.

Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
Walla Walla, Wash., an' Kalamazoo!
Nora's freezin' on the trolley,
Swaller dollar cauliflower alley-garoo!

Don't we know archaic barrel
Lullaby Lilla Boy, Louisville Lou?
Trolley Molly don't love Harold,
Boola boola Pensacoola hullabaloo!

There are actually six complete verses to this song; you can find all the lyrics at The Straight Dope and check out some of the relevant comics here.

3. BUZZFEED CHRISTMAS

Randall Munroe at xkcd put new lyrics to a few lines of the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” which is a list in itself, to parody the list makers at Buzzfeed.

4. AUSSIE JINGLE BELLS

“Jingle Bells” isn’t specifically about Christmas—it's really just about riding through the snow on a wintry day. But in Australia, Christmas occurs during the continent's summer season. So the Australian duo Bucko & Champs (Colin Buchanan and Greg Champion) recorded a new version with Australian lyrics in 1993 called "Aussie Jingle Bells.” It became so popular down under that they re-released it on their Christmas album Aussie Christmas with Bucko & Champs in 1996. The lyrics are here if you want to sing along.

5. THE FIRST HARD SELL

Want to express your displeasure about the overemphasis on the shopping part of Christmas? Try out this parody song, attributed to Christopher Hershey, that's sung to the tune of “The First Noel.”

The first hard sell comes sometime in June
When last season's Christmas cards take too much room,
So they put them out in an off-season bin,
For in June they are getting their new shipments in.

Hard sell, hard sell
Hard sell, hard sell
This is the Christmas we all know so well.

About midway in July the lay-away plans
Make their laying-away-in-a-manger demands,
And installment plans begin their attempt to entice
You end up paying twice the original price.

Then early in the fall there's a pre-season bluff
To sell gift wrappings, ribbons and other such stuff
Buy it now! the ads demand, if you don't buy it, you
Will discover we're out of it when you want to.

By the time October comes, every store's lined with snares
With Halowe'en, Christmas and Thanksgiving wares;
What once were festivals that were simple and plain
All have become mere excuses for capital gain

6. WARNER WONDERLAND

Musician Jim Keyes posted a video in which he played “Winter Wonderland” on YouTube several years ago. Warner Music Group had it removed on grounds of copyright infringement. Keyes knew that there’s a way around that: Parody songs are protected from charges of infringement. So he altered the lyrics of “Winter Wonderland” to tell the story of what happened.

7. HAMLET, THE DANISH PRINCELING

Mya Gosling runs the webcomic Good Tickle Brain, where she turns Shakespeare on his head for a laugh. Last year on Christmas Day, she gave us Hamlet, the Danish Princeling, with lyrics to be set to the tune of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer." In the same post, she also has the parody songs "Good King Henry V" and "Hark the Herald Witches Sing."

8. THE CHEMISTRY TEACHER’S COMING TO TOWN

Here’s one that might bring a little smile to the face of students studying for finals, set to the tune of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

You better not weigh
You better not heat
You better not react
I'm telling you now
The Chemistry Teacher's coming to town.

He's collecting data
He's checking it twice
He's gonna find out
The heat of melting ice
The Chemistry Teacher's coming to town.

He sees you when you're decanting
He knows when you titrate
He knows when you are safe or not
So wear goggles for goodness sake.

Oh, you better not filter
And drink your filtrate
You better not be careless and spill your precipitate.
The Chemistry Teacher's coming to town.

This and 13 other Christmas songs converted to chemistry jokes can be found at Wesleyan University’s Physics department.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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5 Great Beauty Advent Calendars You Can Buy in 2020

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The countdown to Christmas can last for the entire month of December with the right Advent calendar by your side. And this tradition has evolved way beyond the standard chocolate pieces and paper Christmas tree ornaments of decades past—today, Advent calendars feature huge franchises like Harry Potter, Star Wars, and plenty more.

One of the most popular themes in recent years has been Advent calendars filled with beauty supplies. Below, we've rounded up the year's best beauty Advent calendars for fanatics who can't get enough of bronzers, moisturizers, fragrances, and more.

1. L'Occitane Signature Holiday Advent Calendar Set; $74

L'Occitane

Discover le marché de Noël en Provence with L'Occitane's classic Advent calendar this holiday season. This set features 24 of the company's most notable beauty products, including moisturizers, hand creams, and soaps. The box is also decorated with beautiful illustrations that will keep your loved one inspired all season long.

Buy it: Amazon

2. OPI Holiday 2020 Shine Bright Collection, Nail Lacquer Nail Polish; $50

OPI

OPI is one of the leading nail polish companies out there, and whomever you're buying this for can try out 25 new mini OPI nail polishes with this vibrant Advent calendar. There are so many colors to discover that they'll practically be able to open a salon by the time Christmas Day arrives.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Benefit Shake Your Beauty Travel Size Set; $55

Benefit

Benefit is offering this 12 days of Christmas beauty Advent calendar to help anyone get a jump start on their travel essentials. From the company's iconic brow gel to their Hoola bronzer, your loved one will get to unpack the ultimate makeup collection for their next adventure over the course of 12 days.

Buy it: Nordstrom

4. 25 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar; $99

Macy's

This calendar will surprise the beauty lover on your list each day with products from some of Macy's favorite brands. The goods in this calendar are valued at $434 and feature products from top companies like SK-II, Caudalie, Elizabeth Arden, Tarte, and more.

Buy it: Macy's

5. Sephora Wild Wishes Advent Calendar; $45

Sephora

Any beauty guru knows that trying different products is one of the best things about Sephora. The beauty retailer is embracing this during the holiday season with its Wild Wishes Advent Calendar featuring 24 surprises valued at $70, so the beauty lover in your life will uncover the best of the best.

Buy it: Sephora

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