Please Don’t Wish Me a Merry Christmas

Over at ccMixter.org, a music site where remixing is the norm, Kara (better known as Mind Map That) has written a really catchy song called “Please Don’t Wish Me a Merry Christmas:)

You can stream it right here.

You have to appreciate a chorus that goes like this:

Please don’t wish me a Merry Christmas (ho, ho, ho)
Please just skip to a Happy New Year (fa-la-la)
Please don’t wish me a Merry Christmas (ho, ho, ho)
Though I hope yours is filled of love and cheer.

I don’t even care if people say the phrase to me, but I’m *so* putting that song on repeat in my place over the next month… (and after you listen to it, so will you!)

If you have the skills to do so, you’re welcome to remix the song, cover it, use it in a show, post it online, share it, etc. (Just do the right thing, though, and give Kara credit.)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Trace

    The chorus was cute…

    • http://www.facebook.com/karaelizabethsherman Kara Elizabeth Sherman

      Thank you, Trace. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aggie-Smith/100002847127443 Aggie Smith

    Gosh, that’s a stupid song.  I’m still waiting for a decent atheist anthem.

  • http://thegodlessmonster.com The Godless Monster

    That was just gawdawful.

    • Trace

      :)

  • Melody

    I think it’s very rude to wish people a merry Christmas when you don’t know them. Why are Christian traditions the default? How do you not know I’m not Jewish… or an atheist that doesn’t celebrate? I make a point of telling people that I don’t celebrate when they say it. People need to learn not to be so presumptuous and ethnocentric. 

    • http://thegodlessmonster.com The Godless Monster

      Instead of rejecting Christmas, I’ve simply taken it over for myself as an atheist holiday. I both give and receive the phrase “Merry Christmas” without flinching because it has no religious significance for me whatsoever. Remember, before it was Christian, it was pagan. There’s no reason it cannot now be a secular holiday. It is for me and my family.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553145445 Gordon Duffy

      I think you are conceding the christian claim to own christmas. It does not belong to them.

      • Melody

        It’s cultural imperialism. Period. 

    • Jen

      I say “Merry Christmas” because it’s a lot faster than saying “Merry Pretty Lights, Gifties, Outdoor Decorating Wars, Obnoxious Relative’s Newsletters, And Waaaay Too Much Fattening Food Day”. Also because I’ve been saying it for 41 years and it’s just a reflex this time of year. The fact that some people (typically women) insist on reading WAAAY more into the meaningless phrase than is usually intended is rather presumptuous in itself. I don’t give a crap if or what you celebrate. I’m just trying to be nice.

      • Devious Soybeans

        Exactly. I try to take a greeting as just that – a greeting. I think a
        sincerely stated, “Happy Holidays” is much more in the “spirit of the season”
        than a righteously bellowed, “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” from the Christmas Warriors, but
        the reverse is true, too. It’s the intent behind the words that matter to me.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Natalie-A-Sera/743004321 Natalie A. Sera

    I LOVE it. It’s NOT disrespectful of Christians, and is very positive and upbeat. Hemant, this song’s attitude is right up your alley. One of the reasons I love you is because you are SO dedicated to humanity, and not to dogmatism (even atheists can be dogmatic and hostile!). Yes, enjoy Christmas if you want to, or invent your own celebration, whatever — but let’s be inclusive, not exclusive! :-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/karaelizabethsherman Kara Elizabeth Sherman

      Thanks, Natalie.  I purposely kept the song super-positive; I’m really glad that stood out.  I also love this site for it’s dedication to humanity.  Thanks again!

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    This song is bad ass. I love the beat….

    I need a download link now. I shall not be pleased with just streaming.

    • http://www.facebook.com/karaelizabethsherman Kara Elizabeth Sherman

      Thank you, Kevin! 

      • Kevin_Of_Bangor

        I sent you a friend request for your facebook page. You will know the first name and the last name, you will figure it out.

        Love your voice.

  • The Vicar

    I prefer Eric Idle’s “F*** Christmas”, which is on his website:

    http://www.eric-idle.com/music.html

  • Bob Becker

    Anyone wants to wish me a Merry Christmas, feel free.  Or a Happy New Year.  Or a Happy Holidays.  Or  send me Season’s Greetings.   Or wish me a Happy Winter Solstice [after all, it's the reason for the season].  

    Seems about as silly to get snarky over being wished a Merry Christmas as it does getting snarky over not being wished a Merry Christmas.  

    All seasonal expressions of good will and  happiness for me and mine happily accepted and returned in kind. 

  • Drew M.

    That was painful…

  • Yukimi

    Music taste is certainly personal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karaelizabethsherman Kara Elizabeth Sherman

    Thank you for sharing this, Hemant.  I’m really glad you enjoyed it!  And thanks for listening folks, even if you weren’t a fan of it.  :)

  • Anonymous

    “Christmas with its spirit of giving offers us each
     a chance to reflect on what we most deeply and
     sincerely believe in.  I refer, of course, to money.”
      — Tom Lehrer

  • http://twitter.com/marajade13 Mara Jade

    She sounds so adorable. 
    I like it overall. Nice message. ^_^

    • http://www.facebook.com/karaelizabethsherman Kara Elizabeth Sherman

      How kind!  Thanks, Mara.  :D

  • Nitelite

    I don’t understand what the big deal is…If you are Jewish, tell me: “Happy Hanukkah”If you are a Christian, tell me: “Merry Christmas”If you are African American, tell me: “Joyous Kwanzaa”If you don’t prefer those, tell me: “Happy Holidays”I will not be offended.I will be thankful you took the time to say something nice to me.


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