In their second year at Greendale, the study group filled in for the Glee Club when the members died in a tragic bus accident. The following year, the Glee Club are involved in another unfortunate incident which leaves them all incapacitated. The Glee Club conductor Mr. Radison requests that the study group again help out with the Christmas pageant, but they all refuse. Abed, however, becomes his ally and eventually manages to get Troy, Pierce and Annie to participate. In order to convince Jeff to join as well, Annie puts on a private performance just for him. The song she sings is "Teach Me How To Understand Christmas". It was first heard in the Season Three episode "Regional Holiday Music".
The song with lyricsEdit
The song "Teach Me How to Understand Christmas" is a satire of similar holiday classics with lyrics that reflect the criticisms of those type of songs. In this interview, the writer of the episode Megan Ganz explained:
- “That song too was supposed to be a satire of the way that those "Santa Baby" songs infantilize women’s sexuality. Of course, it’s Alison Brie doing it, so it’s going to be sexy.”
Meta referenceEditA few years ago, Alison Brie did an online skit called "Christmas Idol" for the comedy website "Funny or Die." In it, she is also dressed in a Santa's helper outfit and performs the song "Santa Baby." She closes out the performance in a similar way with Betty Boop's signature catchphrase. Her performance of "Teach Me How To Understand Christmas" seems to be a nod to this video.