My in-laws sing a blessing at holiday gatherings that's based on the Johnny Appleseed song,
substituting "Peasle tree" for "apple seed" in the last line. On it's face, a little weird, but not objectionable. Not, that is, until I finally got someone to explain the significance of the peasle tree.
The story is that a paternal grandfather found a record of a sermon from the early 20th century.
(NSFW Jim Crow racial caricatures) This sermon
was purported to have been given by an uneducated African-American preacher who let his Bible fall open at random to a verse, and preached extemporaneously. The verse contained the word "psaltery," which he mispronounced as "peasle tree" and proceeded to build a sermon on this mythical "tree."
The grandfather thought this record was so hilarious that it became a family joke, and eventually he named the family's vacation home "Peasle tree," and eventually "peasle tree" was substituted into the Johnny Appleseed song, and the "Peasle Tree" song became a tradition for the family to sing before meals. So now every time there's a family gathering, the neices and nephews are asked to sing the "Peasle Tree" song before the meal, and everyone is expected to join hands and sing along. (I don't think the kids know the history of the song.)
Am I out of line to be completely offended by this practice? If so, how do I handle this? I don't want my kid singing this crap, even if I am being overly sensitive. The holidays are fast approaching, and short of complete family avoidance, I am at a loss.