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I Hate Christmas

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Written by: Sam Pottle
David Axlerod
Date: 1975
Publisher: Sesame Street Inc.

"I Hate Christmas" is a Sesame Street song sung by Oscar the Grouch to enumerate all the things about Christmas that upset him. The song was first featured on the album Merry Christmas from Sesame Street and then appeared in the special Christmas Eve on Sesame Street. It was later rewritten, but with some of the original lyrics remaining, for Elmo's Christmas Countdown, where Stiller the Elf sings new verses about counting down to Christmas.

A very similar song with the same title is sung by Ren Hoek on the album Ren & Stimpy's Crock O' Christmas.

Lyrics

I can't think of anything that's dumber
To a grouch, Christmas is a bummer.

Beaming faces everywhere,
Happiness is in the air.
I'm telling you, it isn't fair!
I hate Christmas!

People loaded with good will,
Giving presents, what a thrill!
That slushy nonsense makes me ill!
I hate Christmas!

I'd rather have the holiday like normal grouches do.
Instead of getting presents, they take presents back from you. (Heh-heh!)

Here comes Santa, girls and boys.
So who needs that big red noise?
I'll tell him where to leave his toys.
I hate Christmas!

[Speech]
And if you want the truth, I ain't so crazy about Easter and Labor Day either!

Christmas Carols to be sung,
Decorations to be hung.
Oh, yeah? Well, I stick out my tongue!
I hate Christmas!

Christmas bells play loud and strong.
Hurts my ears, all that ding-dong.
Besides, it goes on much too long!
I hate Christmas!

I'd rather have the holiday with a lot less joyous flash,
With a lot less cheerful smiling and a lot more dirty trash. (Yeah!)

Christmas Day is almost here.
When it's over, then I cheer.
I'm glad it's only once a year.
I hate Christmas!

[Speech]
And whoever hung that mistletoe over my trash can, well I say, phooey and bah, humbug!

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