I feel like it's pretty hard to break into the classic Christmas song rotation. I mean, most of the songs we listen to this time of year have been around since Bing Crosby warbled around a Christmas tree. If you're looking to add a few non-traditional (your still my boy, Sufjan!) albums to your playlist, I've got you covered!
1. Christmas Caravan- Squirrel Nut Zippers
I have a perfect memory of driving to Grand Junction to go Christmas shopping while listening to this album. I think there might only be one non-original song on the whole album, but somehow it feels classic. I'm Coming Home for Christmas never fails to make me cry, though my mother seriously hated it. Make of that what you will.
2. Christmas With Danielle Ate the Sandwich-
Flat Screens is probably my favorite gem from this short album from one of my favorite, local ladies.
3. Christmas, Thanks for Nothing-Slow Club
This is definately the most melancholy of the bunch, so if you're having trouble getting in the Christmas spirit & want to revel in you sadness, allow me to help you with that! I've been rocking out to Christmas TV since before Thanksgiving!
4. A Very Kacey Christmas- Kacey Musgraves
I'm not going to lie to you; not every song on this album is a winner. I mean, no matter who sings that hippopotamus song, it's still kind of grating. And A Willie Nice Christmas isn't really my brand, but I'm from Colorado, so I can roll with it. Ooof. No pun intended. Even with all of that, this album has enough vintage charm to keep you listening! Ribbons & Bows has a certain something that just puts me in the best mood & anything with Leon Bridges is worth a listen (Present Without a Bow)!
5. Holidays Rule- Various Artists
This one is a mix of modern & traditional songs, sung by current musicians. The Punch Brothers & The Head & Heart bring the best songs of the bunch, in my humble opinion.
No matter what you're listening to this holiday season, I wish the merriest Christmas to you & yours!
Merry Christmas, friends!