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Every year, when the weather starts to get colder, something strange happens in America. All of a sudden, you can’t walk into a department store without hearing “Jingle Bells.” The supermarket puts “Deck the Halls” on repeat. And some singer you haven’t heard from in 10 years tries to make a comeback by releasing an album of badly redone holiday classics.
Holiday songs can either put you in the mood for Christmas…or in the mood to kill. Either way, holiday albums are a tradition just like Christmas trees, eggnog, and presents. But Marni can’t stand holiday music, even though she likes the holidays. Listen to her and Devan debate.
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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Devan: It’s Christmas time at the record store. And it’s so much fun, because now, from here until Christmas, all we’re going to listen to is holiday albums. All day, all night long. I love it. It’s so much fun.
Marni: You’re being sarcastic right?
Devan: No, I love it. There’s so many good holiday albums…
Devan: Yeah! Brian McKnight’s got a really good holiday album, and then there’s all the classic ones. You know, like Johnny Cash...there’s all kinds.
Marni: OK, I can get behind the classic holiday albums. I grew up with A Nat King Cole Christmas. My grandmother was really into it. But every year, there’s someone putting out another holiday album. And it’s just the same songs redone over and over again, and they get stuck in your head, and they’re playing while you’re shopping or working. It’s just so annoying.
Devan: Do you have a holiday song that you do like? Is there one above the rest that you still like?
Marni: I guess maybe “White Christmas.”
Devan: Bing Crosby singing it?
Devan: That’s too bad, I love Christmas.
Marni: And I’m just a grinch.
At the record store where Devan works, they always play holiday songs at Christmas time. Marni can’t believe that Devan likes holiday music, but Devan thinks there are a lot of great holiday albums.
Marni agrees that some classic holiday albums are good, but she hates the badly redone, new Christmas songs that come out every year. She also doesn’t like hearing the same songs everywhere she goes during the holiday season.
Do you enjoy holiday music? What do you like and what do you dislike about the holidays?