For many people, Christmas is a time for celebration. It is a time of parties, gift giving, reunions, food and vacationing.

Christmas is also a time of music, and there are countless songs that people enjoy during the holiday season. The music of the holiday season is something that unites people, as both religious and popular songs are enjoyed by a wide variety of people.

Of course, not all Christmas songs are universally enjoyed. Some tend to be a little more annoying than others and some are flat-out painful.

This may be due to the song itself, or it may be because it has simply been overplayed for so long that no one wants to hear it anymore. With that in mind, here are a few of the most annoying Christmas songs and why they are difficult to hear during the season ...

No. 5: "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas"

Let's face it, "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas" is just downright strange. Who asks for a hippopotamus for Christmas?

Granted, it is understandable if people want something a bit more unique than the standard sweater or new pair of socks. However, the premise of the song is just not all that funny and listening to an entire song about a hippopotamus is a bit distracting.

In addition, the music and recording of this song makes it difficult to stomach and it proves a little too cute for even a festive season like Christmas, when people are generally in a better mood. The squeaky voice and the irritating lyrics have undoubtedly inspired many radio listeners to change the station and move on to something else.

Despite the annoyance of this song, as least it ends quickly and does not drag on, and on, and on ...

No. 4: "The 12 Days of Christmas"

At face value this song is not necessarily a terrible idea. It is a song about gift giving, and the person getting the gifts is obviously excited. The problem with this song is that it just never seems to end.

Not only is the singer going to tell the audience about all 12 gifts, but she is also going to repeat all the prior gifts as she goes along, as if she were making sure that everyone is paying attention. Face it, it's basically the Christmas equivalent of "100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.

"To make matters worse, the song finds it necessary to draw out the explanation of one of the gifts. The audience doesn't just get to hear about the nice jewelry that was received. Instead they get to hear about, "... five gooooooooooolden riiiiiiiiiiiiings!!" Then they get to hear about those golden bands several more times.

Of course it could be worse. Your mom could be kissing a stranger in a red suit ...

No. 3: "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"

It's true people should not read too much into certain aspects of life. Some songs are meant to be playful and are not to be taken seriously.

This includes various Christmas songs that are meant to be funny. Unfortunately, some of them just come across as irritating. The question for this song is, why is Mommy kissing Old Saint Nick?

Not only is this song disturbing, but also it lacks a lot of lyrical depth. The song tells us that the singer saw Mommy kissing Santa and wouldn't it be funny if Daddy knew. Something tells us that Daddy might not find that situation all that funny, unless of course Daddy is Santa ... but that's just crazy talk.

Unfortunately, this song has been covered by a variety of artists over the years and refuses to die. Speaking of dying, what happens when people are run over by a large woodland creature?

No. 2: "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer"