X-mas VI

12Dec08

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.

  1. Stephen Colbert — “Another Christmas Song”
  2. The Pearlfishers — “Snow Plus Christmas”
  3. Fleet Foxes — “White Winter Hymnal”
  4. My Morning Jacket — “Xmas Curtain”
  5. Snowden — “White Christmas”
  6. Juliana Hatfield — “Make It Home”
  7. The Apples in Stereo — “Holiday Mood”
  8. Aimee Mann — “Whatever Happened to Christmas?”
  9. Sufjan Stevens — “Did I Make You Cry on Christmas? (Well, You Deserved It!)”
  10. Drugstore — “Maybe at Christmas Time”
  11. Frightened Rabbit — “It’s Xmas So We’ll Stop”
  12. Vienna Teng — “The Atheist Christmas Carol”
  13. Mark Eitzel — “Xmas Lights Spin”
  14. The Magnetic Fields — “Mr. Mistletoe”
  15. Evangelicals — “The Last Christmas on Earth”
  16. Great Lake Swimmers — “Gonna Make It Through This Year”
  17. Stars — “Fairytale of New York”
  18. Danny Michel — “Snowglobe” (live at the Vinyl Cafe)
  19. Dwight Twilley — “Christmas Love”
  20. Damien Rice — “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)”
  21. 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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As before, my previous holiday mixes (playlists detailed here, here, and here) are also up for grabs. The Megaupload links still seem to be in order, so here they are:

X-mas I (2003)
X-mas II (2004)
X-mas III (2005)
X-mas IV (2006)
X-mas V (2007)



3 Responses to “X-mas VI”

  1. 1 Ken

    Sufjan Stevens, great choice; I love his Christmas diddies. However, my personal favorite is Sister Winter.


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