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Miller's Minute: Terrific traffic?

Miller's Minute: Terrific traffic?

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - As the holiday approaches, many of us may be over-saturated by Christmas music. It starts earlier and earlier, so that what sounded fresh that first time, before Thanksgiving, is now a channel flipper.

I must admit, for me, I can never hear “All I want for Christmas is You,” by Mariah Carey too much. My wife favors Burl Ives’ “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas,” just waiting to join in on the line, “kiss her once for me!”

Another personal favorite is "(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays.” But there’s one line that nearly ruins the Perry Como croon. “From Atlantic to Pacific, gee the traffic is terrific.” Terrific?! Mr. Como, were you on 75 today, or any artery around the rush hour here?

I lived by the Pacific for nearly 20 years and the traffic there is never terrific. Horrific, yes, but that wouldn’t work well in a Christmas song.

The lyricist is the late Al Stillman, whose contributions include gems like “Chances Are,” the Johnny Mathis classic. Chances are, you hadn’t noticed this line. But the next time you’re stuck in holiday traffic, think of what a terrific gift it will be when, gee, you finally get where you’re going. Then, truly, there is no place like home.

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