My girlfriend loves Christmas — so much so that she made me put up my Christmas tree in mid-November. This was complicated by the fact that I didn’t actually have a Christmas tree. So we had to go down to Canadian Tire and get one, only to find that they cost about a hundred bucks. Add in the cost of ornaments, and I said “Jesus Christ” a whole lot, but in a way only tangentially related to the anniversary of his birth.
So, it’s no surprise that we’ve been listening to Christmas music for a while. Actually, we’ve been listening to it since the summer. It helps us keep cool. Mel Tormé and Bob Wells wrote “The Christmas Song” during a heat wave for just that reason, you know. So, since we’ve been thinking Christmassy all year long, I’ve had ample opportunity to collect a few new tunes. I mentioned last year that I already had a jump on this year’s compilation; by now, I’m actually set for about the next three years.
It’s a special time for us because we first really started our relationship at Christmas. So, this collection is a bit of a gift to my lovely girl, one filled with (but not limited to!) songs she loves. I think you’ll like them too.
- Stephen Colbert — “Another Christmas Song”
- The Pearlfishers — “Snow Plus Christmas”
- Fleet Foxes — “White Winter Hymnal”
- My Morning Jacket — “Xmas Curtain”
- Snowden — “White Christmas”
- Juliana Hatfield — “Make It Home”
- The Apples in Stereo — “Holiday Mood”
- Aimee Mann — “Whatever Happened to Christmas?”
- Sufjan Stevens — “Did I Make You Cry on Christmas? (Well, You Deserved It!)”
- Drugstore — “Maybe at Christmas Time”
- Frightened Rabbit — “It’s Xmas So We’ll Stop”
- Vienna Teng — “The Atheist Christmas Carol”
- Mark Eitzel — “Xmas Lights Spin”
- The Magnetic Fields — “Mr. Mistletoe”
- Evangelicals — “The Last Christmas on Earth”
- Great Lake Swimmers — “Gonna Make It Through This Year”
- Stars — “Fairytale of New York”
- Danny Michel — “Snowglobe” (live at the Vinyl Cafe)
- Dwight Twilley — “Christmas Love”
- Damien Rice — “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)”
- Brett Dennen — “The Holidays Are Here (and We’re Still At War)”
Download it here and enjoy this early gift with my best wishes.
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