I love Christmas. It is by far my favorite holiday. But I have a huge issue with the music that saturates the air this time of year. I find most of it tired and cliched- if music could be a cartoon, Christmas music would be it. In other words, most of it sucks. There are a few notable exceptions, of course. "Baby it's Cold Outside" remains a favorite, as does the lesser known "Ain't No Chimneys in the Ghetto."
At my house, the Christmas music tends to be thematic rather than traditional. In other words, I try to look for the themes that underpin our ideas of Christmas- like coming home, snow, winter, fireplaces, gifts, and the like- and go from there. I try and leave the reindeer and elves and such out of it.
I am pleased to present the first of my Christmas playlists from 2013. Hope everyone is having a good one!