Which particular Christmas recording have I listened to more than any other? It just might be this one:
- The Roches – Winter Wonderland (in Brooklynese) Spotify
The reason for this is that popular culture-wise, my parents are like young children. Not that their tastes are childish, but just like toddlers, they will watch or listen to the same thing repeatedly. Growing up, I got the impression that my parents watched Four Weddings and a Funeral every night, and played The Roches’ Christmas album We Three Kings on a continuous loop every December. Why do you think we had to impose The Love Actually Rule? Not because of me.
Most of the album is not in Brooklynese, but Winter Wonderland is. I don’t think I fully understood that this was a joke until I had already heard the song 50 million times. So many of the live versions of Winter Wonderland that I grew up with (read: my parents’ friends singing at Christmas parties) were in variations of Brooklynese or Boston English anyway, so I assumed it was normal.
Around the same time I got the linguistic joke, I realized that Winter Wonderland isn’t about Christmas at all. It’s about hooking up or romance (interpret as you will) in a cold climate. Something Bostonians, New Yorkers and Norwegians can all relate to, which might be why it’s so popular.