I don’t hate Christmas, but Christmas music makes me cringe. I’m not talking about Christmas carols—which every right-thinking person hates for a number of valid reasons—but rather about rock and pop songs that talk about Christmas. Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is a perfect piece of Spector-style pop rendered unlistenable by its lyric. “Christmas in Hollis” makes me shudder.
I’ve managed to avoid most Christmas music this year—the key is to never go out in public without in-ear headphones playing Tegan & Sara—but if somehow you do not hate Christmas songs or haven’t exceeded your tolerance for them by this late date, here are a couple suggestions for Christmas-related tunes, after the jump: