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This Week in Elitism: A Very Indie-Xmas

I'm a Christmas music snob. It seems grinchish to say so, especially since I'm such a follower in all other genres, but I freely admit my disdain for traditional Christmas songs. Yes, I will endure the occasional "Little Drummer Boy" while wrapping presents, permit the "Greensleeves" while I whip up some eggnog, and tolerate some classic Amy Grant, like "Tennessee Christmas" while I frost my little gingerbread men.

But put that on my radio and the dial is turned faster than an Iraqi's shoe is thrown. If I'm shopping for gifts and have to endure A Very Elevator Music Christmas or "That's What I Call Christmas CXVII," I start to wane in my civility to fellow shoppers! Here is my current Christmas mix, a blend of songs from the past few years that continue to keep me cheerful on my ride to work every morning...and don't promote road rage.



I wish they'd made another Chrismukkah mix. I miss the O.C. around the holidays. It's just so hard!

"Maybe This Christmas" by Ron Sexsmith
"(Ho, ho, ho) Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas" by Elton John
"Shoot Me Santa" by the Killers
"Yellin' at the Christmas Tree" by Billy Idol
"Come Thou Font of Every Blessing" by Sufjan Stevens
"Emmanuel" by Chris Botti
"Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney
"Christmas/Sarajevo 12/24" by Transiberian Orchestra
"Betty Ford for Christmas" by Leif Garrett
"Carol of the Elves" by Sufjan Stevens
"Put the Lights on the Tree" by Sufjan Stevens
"Christmas is Going to the Dogs" by the Eels
"Last Christmas" by Jimmy Eat World

What are your non-traditional favorites? I definitely need some additions to tide me over until next year:)

Happy Holidays!

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  1. Blogger Nicole | 11:01 PM |  

    I would just like to say that the photos are of:
    1. Chris Botti
    2. Brandon Flowers
    3. Sufjan Stevens

    Apparently, captions aren't working correctly right now. But there they are, the sexiest men of Christmas carols!

  2. Blogger Old Man Duggan | 3:38 AM |  

    Last Christmas - the real one - by Wham!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3354flS1KJs

  3. Blogger Papa Thor | 9:21 AM |  

    I made a Christmas mix a few years ago and the ones I would recommend include
    "Colorado Christmas" The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    "I Am Santa Claus" Black Sabbath(?)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ4nndbOT6k

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