We're not alone on this one. If you type "My Favorite Things not a" into Google, the only autocomplete suggestion is "Christmas song." And yet, it appears on Christmas albums by the Supremes, Barbara Streisand, Andy Williams, Brian Setzer, Luther Vandross and Kelly freaking Clarkson, just to mention a few. Why? Why on earth has this pretty little song from The Sound of Music been declared a Jesus birthday anthem? Because it mentions snowflakes? Snow is in no way exclusive to Christmas. Ask anyone from Minnesota. In March. Sleigh bells? Look, not every sleigh is Santa's sleigh, okay? (More on that later). Brown paper packages tied up with strings? If, as a child, you woke up on Christmas morning and rushed to the tree to find a pile of brown paper packages tied up with strings waiting for you, then your parents failed Christmas. We hate to be the ones to break it to you, and now you'll have to be the one to break it to them.
Other "favorite things" the song mentions:
Things the song does not mention:
In the movie, Maria sings this song to the children during a thunderstorm, not a tree-trimming party. It's a tool to help them deal with unpleasant emotions, not a yuletide hymn.