Alright. So if you’re anything like me, the holiday season is a mixed bag. Yes, I adore shiny, festive houses, the smell of pine, and that people are trying to be on their best behavior.
I like that.
But the holidays can be a little much. The stores and the sales and the decorating of the house (because if it isn’t up for a solid month, then is it even worth it?), and did we spend enough on the kids, and trying so hard to create that Christmas magic that all I want to do is take a nap.
That, I don’t like.
I’ve decided that a little perspective is needed, and that I should enjoy my holiday season in moderation. Perhaps you would also like to do this? I’ll be watching these movies in the next month or so. If I get too much Christmas magic in my system, I’ll just pop in Rare Exports and freak out over Scary Santa.
The music situation is a little harder to get out from under. I’m a commuter, so I listen to music several hours a day. As we push through December, the music situation is going to go from repetitive (how many versions of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” are there now?) to bizarre (“The Christmas Shoes”! Johnny Mathis’ version of “Winter Wonderland”! WHAT IS HAPPENING, JOHNNY, ARE YOU OKAY?!). And just when you think you can’t take one more happy/sad song about family and nostalgia…well, suddenly something weird is going to happen, and you won’t be able to listen to regular music without hearing a phantom jingle bell underneath (wouldn’t Lil Wayne sound better with some bells? C’mon). Ugh. And then Christmas will be over, and the radio stations will leave you high and dry, with maybe a pity play of Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne” or Joni Mitchell’s “River,” and that will be that.
But before we all get to that point of complete holiday saturation, remember that you do have some say in what you listen to. Pace yourself. Use your car CD player. Load up your iPod or your phone with music that you definitely won’t hear on the radio. Check out Hoopla (our free database that features Netflix style browsing, with a vast holiday collection). If you’d like to go old school, stop by the library and check out the holiday display across from the reference desk. Albums and movies for every taste. Make sure that you’re filling up on quality holiday music.
Here are some of my picks:
So what albums can you absolutely not do without this season?