in brief : ... and the royal guardsmen remind us how profoundly silly the christmas season is.
it's a bit like "fairytale of new york." both involve copious christmas bells; both reference other songs ("galway bay" and "o tannenbaum"); and both feature antagonists who end as friends, or vice versa. happily, "snoopy" does away w/ the slurs in favor of bad german ("merry christmas, mein friend!") and just like "fairytale of new york," the royal guardsmen should be a mainstay of any holiday mix.