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Though the phrase “Twelve Days of Christmas” traditionally refers to the period beginning on Christmas Day, we at Sputnikmusic are far more interested in the dozen days leading up to it, when the anticipation and excitement builds and builds until the inevitable disappointment kicks in on Christmas morning. Over the next twelve days, we hope to expose you to every facet of the Christmas music experience, from the impossibly earnest to the self-consciously ironic to the downright offensive and everything in between.

We begin, though, with a classic.

Montgomery Burns once lamented: “Smithers, years ago I blew the chance to buy Picasso’s Guernica for a song. Luckily, that song was ‘White Christmas,’ and by hanging onto it I made billions!” The story may have been fictional (although the Simpsons is otherwise 100% factually accurate) but the sentiment was right: Bing Crosby’s recording of Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ remains the best-selling single of all-time and will likely never be beat.

For those of us who live in less than arctic climates, the “White Christmas” remains an annual fantasy, an ideal that belies the fact any significant amount of snowfall scares the shit out of us, destroys our infrastructure and sends us into varying degrees of deranged panic. Every year. It’s testament to the beauty of the imagery, and the song, that ‘White Christmas’ remains the season’s most enduring staple and the feather in the cap of one of pop music’s greatest ever singers.

12 Days of Christmas: #1 - White Christmas / #2 – Popical Island / #3 – Last Christmas / #4 – Christmas in Harlem / #5 – All I Want For Christmas is You / #6 – Fuck Christmas / #7 – Merry Xmas Everybody#8 – Ferrell & Reilly / #9 – Shit Christmas Without You / #10 / #11 / #12





Electric City
12.14.10
oh, this movie is terrible, and i love it every year

SCREAM!
12.14.10
Being a hardened Canadian, the second paragraph made me lol

SCREAM!
12.14.10
third my bad

eternium
12.14.10
"until the inevitable disappointment kicks in"
I love this.

AggravatedYeti
12.14.10
to be fair minnesota sees a shit ton of snowfall. Dave I think the Viking's owners just fucked up a bit when they built the metro dome. Super conservatives would say cheap immigrant labor. I say good ole' american half-assin-it

song warms my frigid yeti heart.

AggravatedYeti
12.14.10
ok fine. I'll give you that.

thebhoy
12.14.10
my city just went from 0 snow to a meter of snow in the space of a day and a half... second paragraph is all too apt

White Christmas is a classic movie EC what are you even sayyyyyin. It's a Wonderful Life, Christmas Vacation, and Christmas Story is where it's at though.

eternium
12.14.10
I live in Georgia so I only see snow a few times a year. It only takes a little to close schools down so I always hope, plus the scenery is beautiful. I don't think I've ever seen a white Christmas.

Aids
12.14.10
Bing Crosby, what a bro.
"(although the Simpsons is otherwise 100% factually accurate)"
haha nice

WeepingBanana
12.14.10
this is probably my favorite christmas song ever

Defeater
12.14.10
My parents have had the Timelife Christmas set my entire life, and to this day those are the only versions I want to hear. They're what I would call the classics. None of the new covers can do it for me.

pizzamachine
12.14.10
I feel Christmassy now.

bloc
12.14.10
You're late man

pizzamachine
12.14.10
Yeah, I've had a tough time with it this year. : (

Defeater
12.14.10
I'd also like to make note that Southern Comfort eggnog is indeed the best.

DaveyBoy
12.14.10
This blog almost distracted me from working on my tan.

Defeater
12.14.10
I can't imagine Christmas without snow Daveyboy.

pizzamachine
12.14.10
Nice pun Davey.

Jim
12.14.10
white christmas more like stinking hot christmas.

seriously though bing crosby is the soundtrack to my christmas lunch every year. his collection of yuletide classics occupies a very permanent piece of my brain.

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas...

sniper
12.14.10
Discussion tab is lying to me.

sniper
12.14.10
But I'm looking forward to more of these, working retail, I have heard some fucking awful Christmas music recently, I'm hoping some of it gets spotlighted.

Defeater
12.14.10
Any Christmas music 80s or before is usually pretty decent.

sniper
12.14.10
There are soooooo many bad versions of Walking In A Winter Wonderland.

And there are some really old awful versions of Little Drummer Boy, js.

Defeater
12.14.10
The version of Little Drummer Boy with the male and female choirs trading off back in forth is excellent. I guess it's probably the most known version of it too, but the group who performed it slips my mind.

sniper
12.14.10
I've become pretty jaded regarding christmas music tbh. Still love White Christmas though, among others.

Defeater
12.14.10
Yeah, I like the shit with the Carpenters too.

EVEN IF IT MAKES ME A PUSSY

Spec
12.14.10
Racist!

StreetlightRock
12.14.10
Thought this was going to be Guns N' Roses' version of White Christmas. The Real Dave would have posted that.

StreetlightRock
12.15.10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iBjWvdCdtY

StreetlightRock
12.15.10
Wait did you just ruin my Christmas?

StreetlightRock
12.15.10
Welcome To The Jingle.

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