Shannen, I’ll take your bait about the worst Christmas songs. I’d move your No. 2 choice, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” to No. 1. And the problem isn’t so much that there’s snow in Algeria but that there are almost as many Christians in Africa as in Europe, and you can bet more of them go to church. What’s more, Saint Mark the Evangelist was the first bishop of Alexandria and the deacon Philip in Acts, chapter 8, is described as having taught and baptized “a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure.” Ethiopia was fully evangelized in the fourth century, so, yeah, I’m pretty sure they know it’s Christmas.
Oh, and Steyn held forth at great length recently about the wonders of “Santa Baby,” so you’re on your own on that one.