The holidays are a time for family, food, merriment — and classic Christmas songs. It’s hard to escape them around this time, whether you’re listening to the radio, sitting in a cafe or doing last-minute shopping. (That may be especially true of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which just hit the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for the first time since its release in 1994.) Some have also come under fire in recent years for their outdated lyrics. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has been the most high-profile example, with many people complaining about what they consider to be sexist or nonconsensual lyrics. Just last month, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson released an updated version of the song.
This year, we asked comic artist Gemma Correll to reimagine classic holiday tunes with feminist lyrics. Feel free to sing along.