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Teach Me How to Understand Christmas

CD Cover
  ♫Teach Me How to Understand Christmas  
Glee Annie

◄  Album : Unreleased single  -  Performed by: Annie Edison  ►
  Composed by: Ludwig Göransson  -  First heard: Regional Holiday Music


This is one of the many costume changes I'll be doing for the show. We're a shoo-in for regionals, right?

In their second year at Greendale, the study group filled in for the Glee Club when the members died in a tragic bus accident. The following year, the Glee Club are involved in another unfortunate incident which leaves them all incapacitated. The Glee Club conductor Mr. Radison requests that the study group again help out with the Christmas pageant, but they all refuse. Abed, however, becomes his ally and eventually manages to get Troy, Pierce and Annie to participate. In order to convince Jeff to join as well, Annie puts on a private performance just for him. The song she singstos "Teach Me How To Understand Christmas". It was first heard in the Season Three episode "Regional Holiday Music".

The song with lyrics[]


Teach me how to understand Christmas
Show me how to open a box
It hurts my little head
When I'm lying in my bed
With visions of sugarplum socks?
Teach me how to understand Christmas
Do I trim the tree or the deer?
I can't keep it straight
And now it's getting late
Where does the stocking go?
Here? I can't see!
What's a Christmas Eve?
Is that Santa's lady?
Are snowmen cold or hot?
Won't you be my daddy
I'm a silly Christmas baby
Tell me what to deck … hehe … 'cuz I forgot
Bwain huwty undewstandy Cwismas
Mistletoe for eatie taste good?!?!?
You smawty, me dumb
Help pwetty have fun!
Boop-y doop-y doop boop, SEX



The song "Teach Me How to Understand Christmas" is a satire of similar holiday classics with lyrics that reflect the criticisms of those type of songs. In this interview, the writer of the episode Megan Ganz explained:

That song too was supposed to be a satire of the way that those "Santa Baby" songs infantilize women’s sexuality. Of course, it’s Alison Brie doing it, so it’s going to be sexy.

Meta reference[]

Years before she was cast on Community, actress Alison Brie did an online skit called "Christmas Idol" for the comedy website "Funny or Die." In it, she is dressed in a Santa's helper outfit while singing "Santa Baby" and closed out the performance with Betty Boop's signature catchphrase. Her performance of "Teach Me How to Understand Christmas" seems to be a nod to this video.