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Hah! I thought I was the only one who brought the Dwight Yoakam Christmas album home, only to have it go over like a lead balloon.

My personal favorite Christmas tune:

My husband hates Alvin and the Chipmunks. My daughter is threatening to get the Christmas album to annoy him :)

We have a lot of the Rat Pack Christmas CDs. My husband may not like chipmunks, but to him, nothing's better than Frank.

I like the Harry Connick, too, and, yes, Lori, Springsteen's Santa Claus is Coming to Town is one of my favorites.

My fave is Louis Armstrong's holiday paean to paranoia, "Zat you, Santy Claus?" I'm trying to learn how to play it on the ukulele but it's not translating well, I don't know why.

Runner up is Robert Earl Keen's "Merry Christmas from the Family."

And yes, I like Frank, Ella, Mel, Nat, and Dean, too.

It's all good.

I've said it before (and I know Bryon agrees with me) Father Christmas by the Kinks is a great (if sarcastic) Christmas song. Also love Louie Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald singing Baby it's Cold Outside. Judy Garland singing White Christmas makes me cry, and so does The Pretenders' 2000 Miles. I really hate Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, but the dogs barking Jingle Bells is a sort of guilty pleasure. Billy Squier did a Christmas song?! REALLY????

Love the Motown Christmas album. Also the Charlie Brown one. Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Mathis.

Today I was in the store and went through the cheap Christmas CD bin.

Air Supply has a Christmas album!

Lori, you have great taste in music, except for that whole not-loving Springsteen flaw. I love the Billy Squiers song and the one by the Waitresses, too. I also like "All I Want for Christmas is You" which sounds like it's sung by a woman, but isn't. There's a parody of the 12 Days of Christmas where the people are increasingly stressed to the point of melt-down over all the things they need to accomplish for the holidays. That always makes me laugh.

For some reason, I've never enjoyed Little Drummer Boy.

I know this'll come as a surprise, but I really like Springsteen's Santa Clause Is Coming To Town.

Though I've listened to Dusty's song like a dozen times now and think it's now my favorite as well.

I admit to loving the Beach Boys' Christmas Album, particularly "Little Saint Nick" and "The Man with All the Toys." My mother had it on vinyl, and it's a sentimental attachment...

In my CD player is Tis The Season for Los Straitjackets, the Christmas album from a group of Mexican-wrestling-mask-wearing surf guitarists. My favorite song on the album is a hard-driving version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" featuring a riff of Del Shannon's "Runaway".

The Christmas song that puts me in a good mood any time of year is "Sleigh Ride".

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling,
Ring-ting-tingling, too.

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