I am far enough removed from the holiday season to report on my holiday torture experiment. I am glad to report that there are no lingering side effects, no lasting pain or nausea, no tingling or numbness, no loss of memory or thoughts of suicide. In short, I'm no worse for the wear.
To recap, on November 9th I decided to listen to nothing at work but Christmas music streaming from FM 100's website, until Christmas day. As it turns out, their Christmas rotation consists of something around 50 songs. At some points it was extremely painful. At others, I totally blocked it out of my consciousness. I drove my coworkers crazy. In the end, it turned out to be entirely uneventful. No, my heart didn't grow three sizes. Although I have a sneaking suspicion that my brain size may have shrunk by 15%.
Without further delay, here are the results of the Holiday torture '09 Notable Song Count:
Holiday Torture '09: Notable Song Count
25- Linus and Lucy (Charlie Brown Christmas song?)
24- Paul McCartney, Wonderful Christmastime
23- Feliz Navidad
22- John Lennon, Happy Xmas
21- Feed The World
21- Beach Boys, Little Saint Nick
19- Wham!, Last Christmas (I'm also going to include covers of this song)
18- Burl Ives, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
8- Manheim Steamroller, Deck The Halls
5- Dan Fogelberg, Same Old Lang Syne (I actually really like this song.)
2- Power Source, Dear Mr. Jesus (Freaking bizarre)
I still don't get why Linus and Lucy get so much Christmas play, but it beats freaking Feliz Navidad. Although I could have used a few more plays of Dan Fogelberg and that creepy-ass Power Source song.
In closing, may we all keep the spirit of Christmas in our hearts throughout this new year. Until next Christmas.