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The time has come to say my two cents. Reaction to any Christmas song probably depends on how often we hear it. It’s true, even our favorite holiday music can become a little irritating when it’s overplayed over and over, but for the most part, the classics never go out of style. And for those of us who love these tunes, both the classics and new tunes.  Nevertheless, there are certain songs that we just can’t stand—hearing them even once is more than enough. Let’s put these, the most hated Christmas songs of all time, to rest for good. Here are my top 3 most hated Christmas songs. See if you agree or not.

#1 Wham Last Christmas

For those still playing the game, ” Whamageddon,” my apology. Something about this classic just sets me off in a holiday blah. Not one song I would want to be tortured to tell my deepest secrets. Because I would fail in seconds.

#2  Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer- Elmo and Patsy

Grandmother gets soused on eggnog and wanders outside where—well, you know the rest. As a novelty song for adults, it’s a little funny and traumatic on display. Surprised Cancel Culture hasn’t gotten to this song year for abuse of elders.

#3 “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” She & Him

Trying to re-write history here’s a song that didn’t have to change but they did it anyway. I understand the controversy with the original version that we didn’t have a problem with for over 50 years. The Lyrics are jumbled and sound like they tried too hard. If they made it more of a parody maybe it would have worked. Just don’t get this version. Now get off my lawn so it can snow.

Holiday Movies with Michigan Flavor

Holiday Movies with Michigan Flavor

Many directors have used Michigan as a backdrop for their films. Michigan’s majestic flora and fauna are perfect for any movie. In particular, many of our towns have an old village sensibility that is a great setting to set your holiday movie in. And Michigan has its share of local filmmakers that have utilized this. Michigan.org has a list of holiday movies with Michigan flavor.

From the holiday wonderland of Frankenmuth, the natural beauty of Manistee, or the recreation and shopping of Rockford, Michigan has many towns that provide the inspiration for these holiday films.

Michigan Holiday Movies Feature 2

  • 1. The Polar Express

    The Polar Express was written by Chris Van Allsburg, a Grand Rapids native. Later turned into a major feature film starring Tom Hanks in 2004. The world premiere of the film was shown at the Celebration Cinema IMAX in Grand Rapids.

  • 2. Prancer

    The mustache wonder Sam Elliot stars in this film about a rescued reindeer. Filmed in Berrien County town of Three Oaks, located in the southwest corner of Michigan

  • 3. The Santa Clause (I, II, and III)

    A stretch, but Tim Allen is very much a native-born Michigander! Tim Allen, who attended Western Michigan University, takes over as the new Santa Claus when he accidentally causes the demise of the current Santa. A regular rotation in most holiday movie lists. 

  • 4. The Christmas Bunny

    A movie filmed entirely within Michigan. A story of a rescued bunny found on Christmas Eve that is nursed back to health. Shot in several locations across Michigan including Lowell, AltoWyoming, and Zeeland. And as a bonus, it was also directed by Grand Rapids native Tom Seidman.

  • 5. Silver Bells

    A story about a newscaster who is serving community service as a Salvation Army bell ringer. Filmed in several locations around Michigan including Manistee, Grand Rapids, and Ludington

  • 6. Small Town Santa

    Dean Cain (SUPERMAN!) plays a small-town sheriff who arrests a vagrant who just happens to be Santa.  Filmed and takes place in Rockford.

  • 7. A Dog for Christmas

    Superman couldn’t get enough of Michigan! Dean Cain stars in another Christmas movie filmed in Rockford again. This time the story revolves around a wish for a dog for Christmas. Will Santa deliver? Will there be a Christmas/Dean Cain trilogy in Rockford in the future? 

Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock. When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity. “CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle

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