These days, we start hearing "Jingle Bells" around October 1st, and the holiday jingle onslaught continues 'til the post-Christmas clearance sales are over in mid-January. As much as we love classic songs like "Silent Night" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", we thought we'd suggest some alternate tunage to you this year. Each of us editors will be presenting our Fab Five Holiday Playlist, of songs that remind us of the joy (and stress) of the holiday season, and some fun gift ideas that tie in with 'em.
1. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
Look, I'll be the first to admit that Christmas totally isn't my thing, and there's nothing like "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" to get me further into that curmudgeonly spirit. I'm entirely deserving of an empty lump of coal gift box ($2 for 12). I guess you could put something in it, as long as it doesn't have anything to do with that blasphemous live action film.
2. "What's This?"
If I had to pick one Christmas movie, I'd totally go with The Nightmare Before Christmas because it lets me pretend to be in the Christmas spirit when I'm actually just longing for Halloween - and maybe, just maybe, "What's This?" makes me feel a little twinge of holiday excitement. Finding The Art of Tim Burton ($70) under the tree would be pretty exciting too.
3. "Feliz Navidad"
Part of me wanted to just feature every song from the "Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special" for this list, but I'll spare you. If I had to pick just one, I'd go for "Feliz Navidad" as performed by Charo. I think she'd approve of these Red Patent Faux Leather Fur Cuff Christmas Boots ($60), don't you?
4. "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
Thanks to Netflix streaming, this year I got sucked into Twin Peaks about twenty years too late. So of course this year I'll be subjecting my friends and family to the Twin Peaks parody of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and serving them David Lynch coffee ($10-60) out of a Damn Fine Coffee Mug ($15).
5. "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"
If it wasn't obvious already, I like my Christmas music as weird and maybe even as unlistenable as possible, so I'll end with Tiny Tim's rendition of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer". Learn to play your favorite holiday tunes with the Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Christmas Songbook ($12).
Mitchy here: I'd be happy to never put on another pair of pants. What this means for you is that I love all kinds of dress shopping - especially cute patterned dresses and party dresses. I also love colorful apparel and jewelry as well as vintage-styled home decor. Other things I don't usually put on resumes: expert cat wrangler, road tripper, and connoisseur of bad movies.