Listening to NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour is a Friday morning ritual at Casa de Harper. This morning’s podcast included an archive segment discussing most and least favorite holiday pop-cultural artifacts and it highlighted a gap in my knowledge. A discussion of the 1974 animated program, A Year Without Santa Claus, included a clip of “The Mr. Snow Miser song“. Harper’s Other Dad smiled and started singing along with enthusiasm. I stared blankly. Both the song and the program are completely unknown to me.
In 1974 I was in high school so I can easily imagine I was far too cool for animated Christmas programing. But I find the fact that I haven’t stumbled across it in the subsequent 40 years incredible. Where have I been? I can only think the program is associated with some traumatic repressed memory that could only be recovered through hypnotherapy and psychotropic pharmaceuticals.
There was also a 2006 ‘live-action’ version featuring Harvey Fierstein. I consider myself a HF fan but, judging by this clip, this is over-the-top even for him. Once again, how did I miss this? Even if, in my ignorance, I skipped it on television, I’m surprised I’ve never seen a video clip in some pub catering to nature’s bachelors. Lord knows I’ve seen many things far less camp.
Now that I know these exist I feel deprived. I fancy myself well-rounded in matters of the popular culture. I must watch them both this holiday season to become a more fully actualized person.