You may be asking yourself one of two questions: “Why does this exist?” or “Why are you writing about this?” You might even be asking both. Check out the song first, and then all will be revealed.
Ok, so now you know it’s real. You’re probably still wondering why I’m writing about it, though.
The answer? Because it’s just so damn bizarre.
Peevey was ten years old when she recorded this song, if you can believe that. And yes, that’s her in that video. I know, I know, that voice doesn’t sound like it belongs to a ten-year-old, but what can I say? The fifties were a very strange time indeed. And from the research I’ve done I’ve determined that the above video is from The Ed Sullivan Show, so you know it’s legit. Everything about this song is just so insane that there was no way I could pass up featuring it in this series.
There is of course another reason I chose it (there’s always a catch, after all!). I didn’t just stumble on this song by searching for Christmas songs about hippopotomi (who would even do that?). No, I heard this first in a relatively recent Christmas movie that instantly became my favorite, and which most people don’t even know exists: Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.
I’m not joking.
In yet another bizarre turn of events in this post, this was a Lifetime movie. Lifetime, of all networks, made a Christmas movie featuring an Internet meme and a crazy novelty Christmas song. The real Grumpy Cat was in this movie, with stunts being performed by a puppet likeness and a voice provided by Aubrey Plaza, because, of course. Everything about it is too ridiculous to be true, but here we are, talking about a real movie. It’s in the spirit of other holiday movies that don’t feel like holiday movies. It takes place on Christmas Eve and has Christmas music and feel-good messages, but it’s more Home Alone than… really any other Christmas movie (other than Die Hard, of course).
Actually, I guess it’s sort of Home Alone in a mall. There you go. There’s your description. You should probably watch the movie.
So there you have it. One of the strangest Christmas songs in existence, presented to you for your listening pleasure. Before we go, though, I have one last thing to tell you, if you’re willing to believe one more insane thing today.
This song has been covered. More than once.
Update: The New York Times published an article about Peevey and her song a mere eleven days after this post.
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