♫ Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer ♫

Some years I find myself singing Christmas songs … rarely carols with a religious tone, but songs about Christmas.  This year, I have not once that I can recall, but this has been a difficult year.  But, it is Christmas Eve and I thought to share a personal story of a Christmas … oh, some 23 years ago.

Natasha circa 18 mos 2

Baby Goose

My granddaughter Natasha, aka Miss Goose, was just over a year old, having been born on 28 November 1994.  I worked long hours and missed most of her waking time, so when I was home, I made the most of the time I had to bond with her.  She loved music and loved animation, so I searched for things on the computer that might attract her attention.  That Christmas season she fell in love with a Christmas-themed song … of all things … Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.  At only 13 months old, she hadn’t yet the art of verbal communication as we know it, but every time that song played, she started bouncing, clapping, and giggling uncontrollably!  I swear she understood those lyrics!

Granted, this is an utterly dorky song, and has been referred to as “the song that only gets worse with age”, but as the song has fond memories for me, and has a humorous bent, I share it with you on this Christmas Eve, some 23 years later.  And I thank Miss Goose for, despite loving a song about the demise of Grandma, being the light of my life for all these years.

There are two versions to this song … well, actually several … but I offer both the cartoon version and the … um … drunken grandma version …

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Elmo & Patsy

Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Walking home from our house Christmas eve
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa
But as for me and grandpa we believe
She’d been drinking too much eggnog
And we begged her not to go
But she forgot her medication
And she staggered out the door into the snow
When we found her Christmas morning
At the scene of the attack
She had hoof-prints on her forehead
And incriminating Claus marks on her back

Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Walking home from our house Christmas eve
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa
But as for me and grandpa we believe

Now we’re all so proud of grandpa
He’s been taking this so well
See him in there watching football
Drinking beer and playing cards with cousin Mel
It’s not Christmas without Grandma
All the family’s dressed in black
And we just can’t help but wonder
Should we open up her gifts
Or send them back (send them back)

Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Walking home from our house Christmas eve
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa
But as for me and grandpa we believe

Now the goose is on the table
And the pudding made of fig
And the blue and silver candles
That would just have matched the hair on grandma’s wig
I’ve warned all my friends and neighbors
Better watch out for yourselves
They should never give a license
To a man who drives a sleigh
And plays with elves

Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Walking home from our house Christmas eve
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa
But as for me and grandpa we believe

Singin’ grandpa
Grandma got run over by a reindeer
Walking home from our house Christmas eve
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa
But as for me and grandpa we believe
Merry Christmas

Songwriters: Randy Brooks
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer lyrics © BMG Rights Management

16 thoughts on “♫ Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer ♫

  1. Dear Jill,

    I loved it but I don’t recall the song. The story of Miss Goose tells me that she was like my son. By the time he started talking, he was using complete sentences where he couldn’t be shut up. I always knew that he’d end up being an attorney.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • It’s rather a humorous one, not all that well-known outside the U.S., I’m sure! One UK friend said he had never heard it, thankfully! I suspect he’ll be happy never to hear it again, too! Happy Christmas to you, also!!!

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  2. This song is one of the worst Christmas songs ever! It did not appeal to me even before I became a Grandmother, although the offspring loved it. It is only equaled by “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” that was my Son’s favorite and “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” that was my eldest Daughter’s favorite. The younger Daughter loved the old 33 1/3 album from my childhood with Gene Autry’s rendition of “Frosty the Snowman”. That was also her favorite movie and she watched it all year long. Treasured memories, right?! “Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion in your old age.” – Booth Tarkington. Thank-you!

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    • I agree with you! And what a coincidence, for my daughter’s favourite was “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas”, which is one of those catchy tunes that just gets stuck in your head! Treasured memories indeed!

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