Christmas

Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 25

“You Gotta Get Up! It’s Christmas Morning!” by Five Iron Frenzy Today’s choice accurately describes both how I felt as a child on Christmas morning and how I now feel as a parent on Christmas morning. The long waiting as a child, building up to a frenzied explosion of festivities. And the feeling as a(…)

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Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 24

Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 24

“Angels We Have Heard on High” from “A Claymation Christmas Special” Dancing walruses and unfortunate penguins bring us a ballet performance of “Angels We Have Heard on High” from “A Claymation Christmas Special.” It’s full of slapstick antics that are unexpected with a reverent Christmas carol. But then…dancing walruses…what should we have expected? Why I(…)

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Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 23

Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 23

“A Christmas Carol” by Tom Lehrer It’s a slightly cynical view of Christmas, gift giving, and the commercialization of the holiday season. This song was released in 1959, but I originally heard this on Dr. Demento’s Christmas collection. Anything found on there can be slightly off kilter. If you don’t know who Tom Lehrer is,(…)

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Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 22

Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 22

“Skating,” by Vince Guaraldi Found in the classic Christmas special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” this song is full of light, bouncy activity. As radio stations have been switching over to a full Christmas music schedule between Thanksgiving and Christmas, this selection has been getting more play. Why I Shared It There are three main reasons why(…)

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Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 21

Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 21

“Peter and Penelope Penguin” by Peppermint Kandy Kids A couple of Christmas party animals, “Peter and Penelope Penguin” can be found on the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer album by The Peppermint Kandy Kids. These two icy fowl simply want to be invited to the best Christmas parties around, but no one ever remembers their(…)

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Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 19

Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 19

“Snow Miser” by FM Static The Snow Miser is a character from the Rankin-Bass special, “A Year Without A Santa Claus.” He’s one of two characters with a very distinctive introductory song. This cover of the song is found on “Happy Christmas, Volume 5.” Why I Shared It Some people like covers, some don’t. I(…)

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Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 14

Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 14

“The Chipmunk Song,” by Lost Dogs Found on Happy Christmas, Vol. 2, this cover of “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” by the Lost Dogs was a surprise when I heard it. It was the most unique track on the CD by far. The setting is a recording studio, and one of the members(…)

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Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 9

Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 9

“Green Chri$tma$,” by Stan Freberg If you and Charlie Brown are kindred spirits, you’ll enjoy this one. “Green Chri$tma$” is a comedy short by Stan Freberg that debuted in 1958. The main character is Mr. Scrooge, the head of an advertising agency who is devising ways to capitalize on the appeal of Christmas for his clients.(…)

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Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 8

Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 8

A grumpy moose wants nothing more than to pull Santa’s sleigh, and bring Christmas toys straight to YOU! “Morris the Moose” is on my favorite Christmas album ever, and on Day 8 of “Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard.”

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Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 7

Christmas Songs You’ve Likely Never Heard, Day 7

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” read by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Friends I first heard this track on a 5 hour drive back home from Kansas by myself. I had burned a copy of a 2 hour Star Wars podcast to  CD to play in my car, and it happened to included this performance. It took(…)

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