Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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11 thoughts on “A holiday tradition: I helpfully deconstruct “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” [VIDEO]

  • That was excellent!

    Immediately forwarded to everyone on my list.

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    • I believe i just peed my pants Alan, well done!

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  • Well done sir….a good laugh and OH SO YOU…
    I hadn't heard this before. Thanks for the quality material as always.
    -M

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  • An alan cross Christmas classic. Enjoyed it again this year as I have the past few 🙂

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  • WHY? Do you think your funny? It makes no sense to use science to explain “magic”, or to insist that there wouldn’t have been a “full moon” on that Christmas Eve. It’s supposed to be a fantasy. I love humour as much as anyone else, but this just wasn’t funny. Really, you come across as a bitter, angry old man. Are you upset because Santa didn’t bring you tickets to the Monty Python Reunion Show in London? By the way, the history of Saint Nicholas goes way back to Finnish folklore, and many other similar stories such as Icelandic folklore, where 13 pranksters, known as the Yule Lads, come down from the mountains to cause mischief for the 13 days preceding Christmas. All of this predates any Coca-Cola ad campaign. My 16 year old wants to know why you are so butthurt. Who are you to be making fun of anyone else’s weight? And as for the two first “responders”…a couple of “Scrooges”!

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    • Thanks for the critique but sheesh, we were just goofing around…

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      • Tell Old Yeller to eat a dick,. what an f’n grinch. Can someone give Yeller a sense of humor for Christmas….?

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    • Don’t forget, Old Yeller was killed by the very 14-year old child he tried to protect, lest his rabid ravings infect the whole family (quite astute for a kid). Only a truthful understanding of the cycle of life ([aside]and microbiology, virology, disease, prevention, etc.) as embodied by one of Old Yeller’s pups could help Travis overcome the trauma of shooting Old Yeller to death.

      Your child is 16? And still believes the fairy tales you rave over? A precarious position.

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  • I wonder what happened to Bite and Aux? Clearly didn’t put out more stuff like this. 🙂 Always a fun part of Christmas, thanks for sharing again. Did you ever do Rudolph?

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  • Always fun Alan!
    Old Yeller, go spike your eggnog, you need to lighten up a bit, it is just a bit of fun!

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  • Hilarious. I love it.
    And yes, please do Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer next. Also, Frosty the Snowman.

    Incidentally, in Latin America they have El Pastor Aleman. Which translates to, The German Shepherd. Not the dog, the guy tending the flock. I know because [shares sheepishly] at age 14 I was dressed as the old bat and (not exactly) forced to spread the magic on some sleeping children as I jumped through a 2nd story window. The kids loved it… perhaps not as much as the adults… FUN!

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