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.
My Dad loves Christmas with a fervor most people grow out of by age four. A few years ago my brothers got him a remote control shark and he almost had to be physically restrained from opening it up and pulling back the pool cover to play with it immediately. He also loves Christmas music and his Yuletide collection alone rivals most people's entire lyrical catalog. So this one's for you Dad - hope you dig it.
1. Merry Christmas Baby by Bruce Springsteen is one of my favorite Christmas songs ever. It's not every holiday tune that both establishes a 'tis the season spirit and encourages you to rock out. A great gift to match this song is a fantastic pair of Levi's - the Modern Slight Curve Straight Jean ($68) celebrate classic American design, rock-n-roll, and the power of a great ass.
2. A lot of holiday songs are upbeat and cheery nearly to the point of delirium. Christmas isn't always a magical event rife with twinkling stars and magic; it can also be sad and not just a little bit hard. Elvis sings about longing for an absent love in Blue Christmas. A tune that I adore but can easily make me cry if it catches me in a particularly melancholy mood. However, blue suede shoes in any form are offer a happiness guarantee and these Nine West RevvedUp booties ($129) in dark blue are rather fantastic.
3. It's kind of a challenge to come up with a more disparate pairing than Bing Crosby and David Bowie - but the king of glam rock and the original Christmas movie star recorded one of the best carol duets of all time. The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth medley was recorded for a Bing Crosby Christmas special that first aired in 1977. Pair this awesome Bowie tee ($33) with a classic Santy hat and you're pretty much the physical embodiment of this song.
4. This song can come off as kind of saccharine and Kidz-boppy if sung too sweetly. Otis Redding's White Christmas is a soul-deep plea for the kind of holiday we all wish for. His voice and the mournful but strong horns make me thirsty for a warm adult beverage and the comfort of a blazing fire, or barring that, a snuggie. Hot Toddies ($17) is a handy book filled from cover to cover with recipes for liquid good cheer.
5. Please Come Home for Christmas is my Dad's favorite carol so I had to put it on the list. He prefers the Eagle's version, but I'm rather partial to Fiona Apple's rendition. It's another song that hits home on the one thing Christmas is for me above everything else - spending time with those you love best. These Ugg Dakota slippers ($100) are perfect for cozying up with all your favorite people.
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