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Christmas Music: It Doesn’t Have to Be So Awful!

December 23, 2009

holidaymix2007I have held many different retail jobs and as a result, I tend to avoid Christmas-themed music.  Working a customer service position during the winter holiday season (which, let it be known, begins in mid October) means being completely immersed in the trappings of the holidays – including, but not limited to – having your ears assaulted nonstop by a steady stream of Christmas music.  Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas album is practically the only thing I can bear to listen to this time of year, everything else reminds me of working long, grueling hours for little pay – sometimes while being verbally abused by the public.  This aversion of mine deeply saddens my husband, who loves Christmas music and Christmas time and is generally a much more cheerful person than I – but even he has his limitations.  I was with Mr. Pancake the first time that I heard the song, Christmas Shoes – an audio offering so foul, even my gladsome and merry Mister responded to it with a wailing, profanity-laden plea for it to stop.

Fortunately for our household, I have had a change of heart regarding the music associated with the holiday season.  I recently received a lovely mix of non-traditional Christmas music from Rain Harris (one of the artist’s in our studio building) and I love every single song on this playlist.  It was a revelation that music made in the spirit of Christmas  could not only NOT make me want to take my own life, but could in fact be AWESOME - with artists like Sufjan Stevens, Matt Pond PA, Galaxie 500 and Glo-Worm – just to name a few – it is hard to go wrong.  I would like to share my five favorites from her Christmas Mix with you:

-Joseph, Who Understood The New Pornographers

-Cold White Christmas Casiotone for the Panfully Alone

-Just Like Christmas Low

-Winterlong Pixies

-Let’s Wrap Each Other The National Splits

Happy Holidays – I hope that you get everything that you want!


5 Responses to “ Christmas Music: It Doesn’t Have to Be So Awful! ”

  1. Nat on December 23, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Sufjan Stevens: Would that be Greetings from Michigan?

  2. Mr. Smarty Pants on December 23, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Thanks for “Christmas Shoes” Pancake.


    Turns out I’d heard the song before, but apparently, some inner-defense mechanism prevented me from remembering it. Your link then, was equivalent to pouring molten sulfur into my ears. It’s the hurt that keeps on hurting.

    May you receive some sparkly vampire makeup for Christmas for what you’ve done.

  3. Pancake on December 23, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Nat – “Come on! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!”

    Mr. Smarty Pants – I feel I owe you an apology for the aural assault, but let’s be honest here…I couldn’t bear the burden of that song alone. PLEASE DON’T GIVE ME ANY SPARKLY VAMPIRE MAKEUP FOR CHRISTMAS!

  4. Sara on December 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Why does Rob Lowe have to keep putting those rocks atop himself to try crawling out time and time again? Ugh.
    (Shaking that off…) Here is one of my best holiday songs:

  5. Nat on December 24, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Oh yeah, he did do a Christmas album–well, Michigan reminds me of Christmas