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“Saturday Night Live” at its finest is satire, not just comedy. At its satirical and relevant best, it offered some neutered and politically unoffensive versions of “holiday” carols on this week’s show. In so doing, one of the most traditionally irreligious shows on television succeeded in displaying the limited value of a neutered holiday. Among the lyrics:

“Silent Night, Regular Night…”

“Away in barn box…”

“The stars in the sky shine down cuz its night, the lamb and a donkey just got in a fight…”

“Oh Tuesday Night, the starts are brightly shining / It is the night to watch tv and play cards… Fall on your knees, and do a jigsaw puzzle /Just stay inside, tonight
(big finish here!) Just stay-ay-ay-ay, Insi -ih-ih-ih-ide, Inside tonight. “

The Christmas reading, the Story of the Holiday’s Birth, was then delivered by Pastor Donald Trump: “The shepherds were watching their flocks by night when a community civic leader came to inform them that a woman of unknown ethnicity was having a baby in the barn box.”

The event then culminated with the Handel’s revised “How Ya Doin’” chorus: “Howyadoin’ howyadoin; howarya-doin’.”

I was laughing but wasn’t doing fine, and made a decision to read the Christmas story as often as possible with my kids this season. I suggest you do the same if Christmas is important in your spiritual journey. Otherwise, “Hark the Sale, Commercials Sing” may be as holiday-ish as it gets for them… and their kids.

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