Christmas: That’s a Wrap!

The rest of ZE Records’ A Christmas Record was quickly forgotten, but The Waitresses‘ “Christmas Wrapping,” . . .

. . . written by Chris Butler and sung/wrapped by Patty Donohue, went on to become a seasonal favorite. I used to hear it many times every December when I worked at Giant Food.

It’s my brother’s favorite Christmas tune, at least the original is. This year he discovered a version by The Spice Girls that we had both somehow missed, . . .

. . . in which a few Americanisms are replaced for British consumption — do the English not have cranberries? I know the Irish do (linger over that joke a second, zombie). The cover was released on a 1998 single, after Geri Halliwell left the group. Who wants Christmas cookies with no Ginger Spice?

In 2007, The Donnas‘ punkish version played over the end credits of Shrek the Halls:

Kylie Minogue recorded the song for her 2015 Christmas album, with Iggy Pop offering a few interjections:

However, in 2008, Save Ferris reworked the song from the outside.

Contrary to a certain president who sought to “Make Christmas Great Again” by charging $40 for hats with that slogan on them (an 80% mark-up from his “Make America Great Again” hats), not every American celebrates Christmas. So whatever you may celebrate:



4 thoughts on “Christmas: That’s a Wrap!

  1. Patty Donohue once spent a summer in College Park, MD and worked at that head shop Joint Posession. True story. She told me and fellow WMUC DJ Rob Baker downstairs at the 930 Club. I mean, I don’t know why she would make that up. And I sure wish I knew where that interview cassette is, considering we were even doing an interview, but I like to think we were (imagine Hank Kimball from Green Acres having such a conversation with himself…)

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