This week’s abomination is how Americans turn certain Christmas carols into sugary goo. Away in a Manger and O Little Town of Bethlehem are front and center in that regard.
Here is the proper way to sing Away in a Manger:
Now, with a warning to sensitive ears, here is the American way:
For O Little Town of Bethlehem, there are two acceptable ways.
And, again with a warning, here is the American way:
Why do Americans err so? When it comes to Christmas, if you give Americans the choice between the strong and stately and the sappy and sentimental, they will go for the latter just about every time.
I just might flee to England next year.