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Holiday Albums

Holiday Albums

Date: Dec 22 2008

Themes: Holidays

Grammar: Simple Future Tense

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Every year, when the weather starts to get colder, something strange happens in America. All of a sudden, you can’t walk into a department store without hearing “Jingle Bells.” The supermarket puts “Deck the Halls” on repeat. And some singer you haven’t heard from in 10 years tries to make a comeback by releasing an album of badly redone holiday classics.

Holiday songs can either put you in the mood for Christmas…or in the mood to kill. Either way, holiday albums are a tradition just like Christmas trees, eggnog, and presents. But Marni can’t stand holiday music, even though she likes the holidays. Listen to her and Devan debate.

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Devan

Devan

Marni

Marni

Devan:  It’s Christmas time at the record store. And it’s so much fun, because now, from here until Christmas, all we’re going to listen to is holiday albums. All day, all night long. I love it. It’s so much fun.

Marni:  You’re being sarcastic right?

Devan:  No, I love it. There’s so many good holiday albums…

Marni:  Good?

Devan:  Yeah! Brian McKnight’s got a really good holiday album, and then there’s all the classic ones. You know, like Johnny Cash...there’s all kinds.

Marni:  OK, I can get behind the classic holiday albums. I grew up with A Nat King Cole Christmas. My grandmother was really into it. But every year, there’s someone putting out another holiday album. And it’s just the same songs redone over and over again, and they get stuck in your head, and they’re playing while you’re shopping or working. It’s just so annoying.

Devan:  It doesn’t give you holiday cheer to hear Mariah Carey sing “Silver Bells”?

Marni:  No, it gets me holiday angry. I just…I don’t like it! I mean, I understand it’s traditional and all that, but it’s just…Adaptations sometimes are so cheesy. It makes me want to scream.

Devan:  Do you have a holiday song that you do like? Is there one above the rest that you still like?

Marni:  I guess maybe “White Christmas.”

Devan:  Bing Crosby singing it?

Marni:  Yeah. Just all these new R&B singers, all the a cappella...I’m just not into it.

Devan:  That’s too bad, I love Christmas.

Marni:  And I’m just a grinch.

 

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Discussion

At the record store where Devan works, they always play holiday songs at Christmas time. Marni can’t believe that Devan likes holiday music, but Devan thinks there are a lot of great holiday albums.

Marni agrees that some classic holiday albums are good, but she hates the badly redone, new Christmas songs that come out every year. She also doesn’t like hearing the same songs everywhere she goes during the holiday season.

Do you enjoy holiday music? What do you like and what do you dislike about the holidays?

 

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Mia Michel

Italy

i like a lot christmas…are very special


09:26 AM Aug 04 2011 |

kamelot2527

Thailand

I like Christmas,for celebrating Jesus,.I love this event

04:25 AM Jan 30 2009 |

jöntürk

jöntürk

Turkey

ı don't hear things songss here.but  if ı listened  ı didn't liked they ı guess. by time write to me son't forgetSmileSmile

 

10:46 PM Jan 28 2009 |

mileycyrus

India

thank very much!!

 

05:27 PM Jan 17 2009 |

lucyone

China

hi

03:20 AM Jan 17 2009 |

joribe

joribe

Dominican Republic

happy new year! :D

07:39 PM Jan 07 2009 |

Nanynha66

Nanynha66

Brazil

I agree with Marni. I think it's terrible to listen to Christmas songs over and over while we're shopping. Department stores love to play them during December.

05:42 PM Jan 03 2009 |

lukeyy

lukeyy

China

I like listening to music. Everyday whenever or wherever I am, I will take my media player with me, and wear my earphone, listening the music I like. I think it's enjoyable.

When a fetival is coming ever year, many musicians or singers will make new music, some of which is popular with youngers, some of which attracted the old. I like classic misic, folk music and pop music. I don't care about which music is when I am walking in the street or shopping in a market. I enjoy it.

In China, now the Spring Festival is coming, and some new songs about the Festival is been broadcasting all the time. It bring us the cheerful atmosphere. It make the world  more festive.

02:27 AM Dec 27 2008 |

Eliza_8

Eliza_8

Colombia

I like this time, but I don´t like the music from chrismas::::

09:35 PM Dec 26 2008 |

hommay

hommay

Denmark

useful!Cool

02:41 PM Dec 26 2008 |

JackXuEnglish

China

sometimes the holiday music  may be boring when it being played always when you are shoping or do something else.

03:39 AM Dec 26 2008 |

li190401011

China

i like holiday ,but now we are all busy with boring things

07:31 AM Dec 23 2008 |

heminzhang

China

merry christmas!

01:19 AM Dec 23 2008 |

crayzmann

Turkey

hello

10:46 PM Dec 22 2008 |

cockroachh

cockroachh

Philippines

i like it….

08:41 PM Dec 22 2008 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

 I WISH MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE Laughing

07:51 PM Dec 22 2008 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

I wish Merry Christmas to everyone!

07:45 PM Dec 22 2008 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Holidays are great! because we do nothing! and I just dislike the holidays when it fall in the middle of the week or in the begining :D

07:02 PM Dec 22 2008 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I guess that here in Brazil holiday musics doesn't important,at least I don't pay attetion…

Besides,christmas musics are great,because we know that end of the year is comming heheLaughing

06:50 PM Dec 22 2008 |

Miss.Daisy

Miss.Daisy

China

I like <when christmas come to town>

04:55 PM Dec 22 2008 |

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