Christmas Carols Beyond Consumerism

Christmas Carols Beyond Consumerism

BUY and SELL

(tune of: Silver Bells)
(words by Erica Avery)

City sidewalks busy sidewalks
lined with advertising

It's the big retail season of Christmas
Children begging for each new thing
toys for mile after mile and the mood of the season is clear

Buy and Sell (Buy and Sell)
Buy and Sell (Buy and Sell)

It's Christmas time for consumers 

Ching-a-ching (Ching-a-ching)
Cash registers ring (Cash registers ring)
Must we spend Christmas this way?

Maxing credit, running debits
buying things we don't need
with money we don't really have

Children crying, parents sighing
no time for family
and the reason behind it is clear

Buy and Sell (Buy and Sell)
Buy and Sell (Buy and Sell)

It's Christmas time for consumers

Ching-a-ching (Ching-a-ching)
Cash registers ring (Cash registers ring)
Must we spend Christmas this way?

CONSUMER WONDERLAND

(tune of: Winter Wonderland)
(words by Erica Avery)

The TV's on / are you watching?
Another product that they're hawking
one more thing you need
to make life complete
Welcome to Consumer Wonderland

In the stores / you will hear it
"Pricey gifts / show holiday spirit"
That's what they call it
to get to your wallet
Welcome to Consumer Wonderland

At the mall we can go out shopping
and buy lots of stuff we can't afford
we'll have lots of fun with our new toys
until we realize that we're still bored

When you shop / ain't it thrilling
until / you get the billing
the money you still owe the stuff broke long ago
Welcome to Consumer Wonderland

HARK! THE NINJA TURTLES SING!

Hark the Ninja Turtles sing
Kid-dy marketing is king.

Fun to watch, expertly styled
To manipulate my child.

Garfield, Bettlejuice 'n Tickle-me Elmo,
Ma I need it, 'every child wails
Care Bears, Super Mario
Brainwashed, but they'll never know

Hark the Ninja Turtles sing
Thriving thanks to your offspring

Hark the New Kids On The Block
Making millions 'round the clock

Ten year olds they hypnotize
Into needing merchandise
Time that should be spent on telling
Christmas truths instead of selling
Muppet Babies, Kid 'n Play
Barbie for the holiday

"Hark," commercialism sings
"Watch our programs and buy our things."'

UH OH WE’RE IN THE RED, DEAR
(Rudolph the red-nose reindeer)

Uh oh we’re in the red, dear
On our credit card it shows
Christmas is almost over
But the debit line still grows

Shopping like Santa’s zombies
Sent our budget down in flames
But all our Christmas spirit
Helped the giant retail chains

I’m so foggy Christmas Eve
Wondering how we’ll pay
Christmas doesn’t seem so bright
When our finances are tight

So here’s a plan for next year
Let’s forget the shopping spree
Let’s give a gift of love, so
All our Christmas gifts are free

GOD REST YE MERRY SHOPPERS

Slow down ye frantic shoppers for there’s something we must say
If you would spare a moment all the stores would go away
Big business has been telling us what Christmas means today

Now it’s time we decided for ourselves, for ourselves
Yes it’s time we decided for ourselves.

To some folks Christmas means a time for gathering with friends
And enemies might take it as a time to make amends
But TV says it’s time for pricey gifts and selfish ends

Now it’s time we decided for ourselves, for ourselves
Yes it’s time we decided for ourselves.

Some people feel that Christmas is when Jesus makes a call
For others it’s a time to stress good will and peace to all
But advertisers tell us it means Santa’s at the mall

Now it’s time we decided for ourselves, for ourselves
Yes it’s time we decided for ourselves.

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