Headfirst into Christmas (2020 Holiday Music Mix)

On the Sunday evening before Thanksgiving this year, I was out taking a long walk through the neighborhood, enjoying the unseasonably warm 60-degree temperatures (and trying not to think too much about the implications of that happening more and more in Novembers of late.) A couple of houses in my neighborhood already had full Christmas lights and yard displays up and running. While most houses on our street will have some sort of decorations up at some point, this was notable for the way it sort of stuck out. Really? Christmas lights? This early?

And the more I thought about it, the more I thought “Yeah. Hell yeah. This early. I’m all in.”

2020 has been one hell of a year, kind of literally. By the time this post goes live, it’s likely 300,000 Americans will have died from the pandemic. 300,000 people many of whom maybe celebrated Christmas a year ago and thought in terms of “Next Christmas” who never got here because of a brutal disease. And that doesn’t count the millions hospitalized, the families affected, or the trauma of healthcare workers who’ve been had to work through exhaustion for months. It also doesn’t include folks who saw their businesses or careers collapse due to the knock on effects of Covid. And then you add to that the current political climate in this country, and there’s an almost palpable sense of fear, anger, grief, and just general anxiety floating in the air.

So yeah. It’s been a brutal year. And yet, there are folks putting up Christmas lights all over. And making music. And figuring out ways to celebrate even so. You could forgive folks for reining it in this year, and I know that many are. We’re going to celebrate the holidays differently in 2020, through Zoom calls and virtual hugs and with facemasks making up the a big part of the gay apparel we don, and a vague antiseptic whiff of hand sanitizer hanging in the air instead of mistletoe.

But lots of us are going to figure out a way to celebrate the season regardless, whether it’s Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or just the solstice and the winter. And coming in at the tail end of this awful year, any celebration of the holidays almost feels like an act of defiance. Putting up lights, decorating the house, heck, just listening to some Christmas tunes or maybe watching Charlie Brown for the gajillionth time…we’re celebrating, dang it. And if that means putting up the lights too early, and maybe going a little too exuberant on the Christmas tunes in this holiday music mix to extend a big middle finger to the awfulness of the year past…then so be it. Headfirst into Christmas in 2020!

As always, this is a single long MP3 of about 20 or so holiday-themed tunes. You can right-click and “save as”, or it should just stream from here if that’s your thing.

Headfirst Into Christmas (click to play or right-click to save as.)

Track list:

  1. Oh…that girl.
  2. “Every Single Christmas” Nicole Atkins
  3. “Go Power at Christmas Time” James Brown
  4. “It Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas” Sam Phillips
  5. “Winter Blows” The Waterboys
  6. “Headfirst Into Christmas” The Hannah Barberas
  7. “Mission Bells” Glossary
  8. “Claus vs Claus” JD McPherson
  9. “The Blizzard” Camera Obscura
    10.”Winter is Blue” Vashti Bunyan
    11.”Ringing Bells on Christmas Day” Lisa Mychols
    12.”Everyday is Christmas (When I’m Lovin’ You) Charles Bradley
    13.”Valley Winter Song” Fountains of Wayne
    14.”Merry Merry” The Bird and the Bee
    15.”Hark the Herald” The Fall (this is not a typo, btw.)
    16.”All I Want for Christmas is You” The Dollyrots
    17.”Christmastime Heist” Mikal Cronin
    18.”Christmas Love” The Rotary Connection
    19.”Shouldn’t Be Alone For Christmas” The School
    20.”Winter” The Rolling Stones
    21.”The Light Before We Land” The Delgados

Merry Xmas QT3. Enjoy as best as you can, and may next year bring much better things!

“It Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas” Sam Phillips title immediately reminds me of Dogmatics X-Mas Time (Sure Don’t Feel Like)

Which the Bosstones do a great cover of

Christmas can officially start!

Thanks Trig!

It’s been a long-ass time since I’ve gone a-caroling or kissed someone under the mistletoe. But diving into a triggercut Xmas mix is one of my most frequently observed Christmas traditions. Thank you for another present, Chris.

Merry Christmas, all, and hopefully this song won’t apply to Xmas 2021:

Merry Christmas and thank you, triggercut!

Just my size, yay! Many thanks and happy ho ho holidays!

Oh, and if you were wondering “Why that song? And where’s that one song? And what’s up with putting a totally non-Christmas or winter song in there?”…

About a month ago my gal said she was putting up her (two) Christmas tree(s), (long story), and said she hoped I wouldn’t judge her for it. I said “heh, nope. Halloween is past, and it’s not like we’re getting Thanksgiving this year. If it makes you and the kids happy, do it”.

Thanks for the mix, it always makes the year a little brighter.

So AWESOME! Thank you very very much!

Have a Merry Christmas!!

Three of my favorite groups were involved in the making of this song: Cattle Decapitation, Allegaeon, and Wham!

The Black Dahalia Murder was also involved in this cover, but I don’t listen to them so they’re just along for the ride in my mind.

Christmas season is now in full swing.

“Oh, right, you don’t care about Jesus because you worship Hallmark.” Lol

Thanks again for this spectacular mix, Trig Kringle!

I’m blasting it LOUD while wrapping presents like a right jolly old elf. Love it!

Merry Christmas! 🎅🎁🌲

We’re blasting this out now! Thanks @triggercut and I really appreciate your sentiments in this and the other Christmas thread.