It’s the Christmas season………..the time of lights and joy and warmth and presents……..and Aaron trying to figure out Christmas carols. In Aaron’s literal world and in his world of showing minimal emotion, Christmas songs seen through his eyes can be very interesting.
Comments from Aaron can range from the style of singing: “Hmmpf! Why is she singing like opera?” ……..to all the unfettered emotion of a particular song: “Hmmpf! Why did he say that? That was dumb!”
For instance, there is the strange subject of mistletoe. We heard a Christmas song one day in the van and the benefits of standing under the mistletoe were being gleefully proclaimed. Aaron does not share this glee. To Aaron, mistletoe is weird and kissing is positively unthinkable. As the song progressed, Aaron blurted, “Oh brother!! They’re talking about love again!!”
I chuckled and just remained quiet. Aaron did not. “Is that thing about mistletoe true?” So I tried to explain mistletoe to Aaron, briefly.
He responded, “I thought it was a religion or a myth or fake!”
I am sure that he hoped beyond all hope that it was fake. I offered to hang us some mistletoe at our house but he was not at all in favor of that idea.
Of course, he’s on the Christmas countdown. He will be talking to me and then as he walks away he will blandly update me by saying, “It’s 19 days til Christmas.” Yesterday as we listened to the 12 Days of Christmas song, he had some commentary on how silly that song is. He continued his conversation with Gary at supper.
“Dad, there was that song about the first day of Christmas. Then they made it to the end of it at 12! “
Gary assured him that he knew that song as Aaron continued, “So what’s the point of it? Is it so we can count?” And before Gary could really begin to straighten this out, Aaron said, “And who would know how to wear five rings? No one needs five rings!!!”
I had earlier tried to tell him that it was based on other cultures who celebrate Christmas for 12 days. Not remembering which culture does that, as I racked my brain for this piece of trivia, I said that it might be Russian culture……..to which Aaron replied, “Russian TORTURE?!”
Torture might actually be an apt description for how some of these familiar songs affect Aaron. We just sing along happily while Aaron is over there dissecting each song and trying to figure out the meaning to these crazy phrases………….and vowing to avoid mistletoe!
Relax, Aaron! And Merry Christmas!
I’ll get back to you on that thing about the partridge in a pear tree.