A bogus marriage and implied pre-marital sex in “Winter Wonderland”

Image result for winter wonderlandWe’re so used to lyrics that we rarely stop to listen to them. Years ago I listened a little closer to one of the most famous Christmas songs ever written. In 1934, Richard B. Smith produced his “Winter Wonderland” – a song that he did not intend to become a Christmas song. Here are the lyrics that I focus on, with my own plausible comments in italic brackets:

In the meadow we can build a snowman
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown [the local pastor]
He’ll say, Are you married? [a good question coming from a pastor]
We’ll say, No man [at least they’re being honest]
But you can do the job
When you’re in town [a bogus marriage ceremony by a pretend pastor who is a snowman built by the couple]
Later on, we’ll conspire [Merriam- Webster: “make secret plans jointly to commit an unlawful or harmful act”]
As we dream by the fire [get a chaperone!!]
To face unafraid
The plans that we’ve made [because we need a clear conscience]
Walking in a winter wonderland [yea right!!]


Take away: listen to what you’re listening to. 

And now that I’ve poked fun at a favorite Christmas song, I’ll put away my cynical interpretation and just enjoy it . . .


No Need for a Mock Wedding to “conspire beside the fire”

Each year I enjoy hearing these lyrics: they’re romantic and sentimental. I also enjoy listening to the meaning of words. Here are the lyrics to Winter Wonderland, one of the most favorite songs this time of the year. Read them slowly and carefully – see you at the end:

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight.
Walking in a winter wonderland.

Gone away is the bluebird,
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song,
As we go along,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown

He’ll say: Are you married?
We’ll say: No man,
But you can do the job
When you’re in town.

Later on, we’ll conspire,
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid,
The plans that we’ve made,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

Ok: two love birds are walking through a forest and they stop to build a parson, that’s a pastor, out of a snowman – his name is “Parson Brown.” The couple knows they’re not married but sort of want to be so that, well . . . let’s just say it’s not for roasting chestnuts on an open fire – you don’t need to be married to do that! So, when the preacher-snowman gets into town, he “does the job” – “I pronounce you husband and wife.” Later on, vavoom by the fire. Plans fulfilled.

Or . . . maybe I’m reading way too much into the words. Anyhoo,  I’m just glad that I don’t need a pretend preacher to conspire beside the fire this Christmas. By grace, we had a real wedding, with a real preacher, with real witnesses and real vows. Now we can truly face, unafraid, the plans that we’ve made – and so can you.