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Old 12-08-2016, 09:34 AM
Skammer Skammer is offline
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I always took it not as a blessing ("Happy Birthday [to me]!" or "Happy Birthday [to Jesus]!") but as a joyful declarative: "[It's a] Happy Birthday!" It's his birthday, he's just been born to life, and he's happy about it. And why shouldn't he be.

Wishing himself a happy birthday is a possibility, but I don't think it's because he's not bright. It's even less likely to be a nod to Jesus.

I seem to recall that the original song ended "I'll be back again someday," but that the TV special changed it to "I'll be back on Christmas Day." Is my memory correct? That makes no sense. It doesn't necessarily snow on Christmas!