To people who know me, it goes without saying that the repetitious nature of supermarket / shopping mall Christmas music makes it harder to enjoy the season. I've heard those songs every year for going on four decades now; they've lost their novelty.
And most are novelty songs. Those are bad enough, but when I'm standing in line at the market is the time I'm least likely to be moved by the other kind of Christmas songs ... religious songs. I'm just not in the mood to fall on my knees and hear the angel voices - not when I'm stuck in the tabloid aisle trying to escape with my groceries. (I used to love Nat King Cole's version of "O Holy Night", only long after dark when I'd be with my folks, after we had run out of talk and were just enjoying our tree.)
But this year it hit me why I can't stand "Jingle Bell Rock" - I identify with the long-suffering horse! Not kidding. That horse appears in several songs, always pulling a sleigh all by himself. (Songwriters are always specific on the latter point.) In the original version of "Jingle Bells", he even goes astray and crashes; it's not clear if the animal is injured. Perhaps he was moving too fast?
In "Jingle Bell Rock", he's told to move faster and pick up his feet. This time, it seems he's moving too slow. Clearly the creature is overworked, lonely, and unappreciated. And lest you think he's contributing to some economically or medically vital process, oh no! It's clear that the only goal of these icy excursions is to entertain people. Talk about human arrogance!
Long story short, as a working guy I wish the songwriter would lay off his loyal beast, at least until December 26.
As a matter of complete coincidence, a video I posted to a much more serious, but tangentially related thread (on duty, masculinity, and gelding) features a one-horse open-sleigh. Here's another song from the same album (same artwork):