• Sarah

    You would love Relient K’s ‘Let is snow, baby… Let it reindeer.’ A good mix of nuttiness and holiday cheer for the whole family. I also love the Barenaked Ladies CD, Barenaked for the Holidays, which has some great songs for all of the holidays during this time of year.

    Currently my daughter’s favorite Christmas song is ‘Backdoor Santa’ by Clarence Carter (don’t judge) – album is A Classic Soul Christmas.

  • http://libraryscatbooks.blogspot.com/ LibrarysCat

    Good grief Charlie Brown, how in the world do you read all of these comments? A friend gave me a Christmas CD one year and I thought it was a gag gift because it was by The Roches…I love it. In fact, I lost it and had to special order a new one. To get the full effect of the whimsy and beautiful, preview the My Three Kings cd.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Suze

    Try the Bayou Brothers “Let it Snow Zydeco”. Zydeco is by definition, nutty. It’s fun for dogs and little dancers to dance to (and big dancers to drink, er, dance to), energizes the putting-up-of-decorations process, and isn’t anything like the MTC, while still being effing festive.

    Heather, you darling girl, I’ve just discovered your blog and have been reading it obsessively starting with your first archived posts. So far, you’ve influenced me to lighten up, take my meds, and admit that there are as many events in my life to charm as there are to annoy. On balance, anyway. Over, say, a week or so. Thank you. Be well, and sane, and if you can’t, write about it, and make the rest of us laugh.

  • Pearl

    moe. >> seasons greetings from moe.
    Linus and Lucy
    We’re a couple of misfits
    the worlds best!! Carol of the bells
    and a few originals

    Check it out at moe.org

  • Jo

    Dr. Demento’s Christmas Album! The Christmas Hippo song is on there!

  • Heather F

    I wouldn’t know about buying, since my holiday $$ goes in a million other directions, but I’d recommend you just check out the holiday stations on Pandora Internet Radio. It’s free, and once you start finding songs you like (or just from this comment list) you can input your favorites to your own channel. VERY helpful for the holidays, customizable, and FREE!

  • Michelle

    Bonanza Orig TV Cast: Christmas on Ponderosa is a family tradition. It’s so cheesy, but it doesn’t feel like Christmas without it. Lorne Greene, Michael Landon…what’s not to love? I don’t think I’ve ever even seen an episode of Bonanza, but my parents played this every Christmas.


  • Leigh

    My mom EVERY YEAR plays Mannheim Steamroller Christmas while we eat. It sounds like a synth symphony of robots on LSD. definitely a memory-maker.

  • Robert Boner

    Why waste money on a Christmas CD that you will listen to once a year?

    Turn on DirecTV and go to the holiday channel and listen to the crap they play.

  • ChrisV

    April Winchell’s guide to Holiday MP3s:


  • Nikki

    One of my favorite (current) Christmas songs is “Maybe This Christmas” by Ron Sexsmith.

  • http://www.kathrynbloom.com Kathryn Bloom

    Hey! Been reading your blog for years but my first post!

    You seem to like the same music as me, and I’ve had the same problem with Christmas music. Though it’s not nutty, it is most certainly AWESOME, so go download Sufjan Stevens’ Christmas album – it’s so pretty!

    Much love this Christmas,



  • http://stayingpresent.typepad.com Zoe

    ALL of the “very special christmas” CD’s are great! Well worth the investment…

  • Linda_M

    John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together

  • Julie B

    Someone did NOT suggest Band Aid “Do they know it’s Christmas”. I cannot listen to the lyrics of that song without wanting to slit my wrists.
    “There won’t be snow in Africa this christmas time”
    OF COURSE NOT. If there WAS snow in Africa this Christmas time we wouldn’t worry about starving children because they would all be FROZEN to death!

    Jewel has a great Christmas Album, avoid Gloria Estevan’s like the plaugue.

  • e

    Um, I can’t believe you would read all the way down here? I will post my suggestions anyway. I did not see James Brown’s Funky Christmas but I also did not read all 70,000 comments. That is my all time favorite and one of the few things my husband and I can listen to together. Also a possibility, Twisted Sister’s Christmas album. I found it too late last year but I am going to buy it this year, right now even. I have never heard it, but I have a feeling I won’t be disappointed. Merry Christmas.

  • Kelley O

    Anything by Bob Rivers. He’s got 6 CDs of Twisted Christmas music. Maybe more appropriate for AFTER Leta goes to bed, but you’ll enjoy them.

  • http://www.conversationswithcaroline.blogspot.com Trinity

    If you’re shunning the classics and going for nutty, I can offer one song at least: I Want An Alien For Christmas, by Fountains of Wayne.

  • joanie

    I’m going to have to recommend the new Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Christmas album. It just came out this year and is all classic songs but in awesome arrangements. It even has a version of Linus and Lucy that won’t make you cry. The review that sold me on it compared Victor Wooten to “Santa Clause on bass” and really, can you say no to that?

  • DesignGirl

    The Coolest Christmas

    It’s a quirky compilation, including:
    David Bowie & Bing Crosby
    The Alarm
    Roy Orbison
    Clancy Brothers
    The Ventures
    Geo Thorogood & the Destroyers
    Eartha Kitt
    Brenda Lee
    The Beach Boys
    Cocteau Twins
    The Temptations
    Dean Martin
    Elmo N Patsy (ugh …Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer) pls don’t judge this cd by this one silly song!)
    and … Guy Lombardo

    Not sure where to find, but it’s under the OGLIO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP Label Sony Music Special Products/Mfg by Columbia Records.

    Oh yeah, and my absolute favorite to BLARE in the car while we drive around looking at lights is Manheim Steamroller.

    Happy Holidays!!!!

  • jamie

    the veggie tales christmas album has a song about things stuffed with meat…it’s hilarious…I swear it is!

  • Josh

    Sigh. I’m comment number 301, apparently, and no one yet has mentioned what seems to me far and away the greatest Christmas record: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ “Christmas Collection.”

    If you haven’t heard it, you are in for a welcome surprise:


  • Russ

    You can’t go wrong with Brave Combo – It’s Christmas, Man! It’s funny and fun without being sarcastic.


  • Lissa

    Perhaps just select the types of songs you like on Pandora….FREE !


  • Anonymous

    Hanson! I think the album is called “Snowed In”

  • http://arcticknitting.blogspot.com/ Megan

    Definitely Boney M!

  • Shawna

    Dr. Demento, Dr. Demento, Dr. Demento…

    There’s this like…random shouting ‘song’ called I’M A CHRISTMAS TREE!!! The last verse is I’M A HANNUKAH BUSH! etc…it’s freaking amazing.

  • Marie

    I love the classics. A few years ago i bought the Time Life double christimas CD.

    However, this year we got my new favorite!. It is a collection of brushfire recording artists like jack johnson and g love:

  • Amy

    I totally agree– Sufjan Stevens makes my holiday. There are also silly favorites like the Veggie Tales “A Very Veggie Christmas” (The Eight Polish Foods of Christmas= Classic). And I once stumbled upon “Happy Christmasm Volume 4″ which I want to listen to all year round some days.

  • http://www.worldwidewatercooler.com Jen

    The one nutty Christmas song from my childhood I can’t live without is “Six White Boomers” by Rolf Harris.

    Other than that, we were tortured annually with the Boney M Holiday album.

  • http://www.dwelldeep.com samantha

    Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful Christmas” is great.

    Also, we like “Swingin’ Christmas Party” which has some Eartha Kitt and Glenn Miller Orchestra on it.

    Sarah MacLachlan’s Wintersongs is beautiful. And ditto for Sufjan Stevens.

  • http://www.learninghowtothinkagain.blogspot.com jill

    At the risk of sounding like a complete loser, I will say that I love the Ally McBeal Christmas CD! It has a nice mix of boogy around the house with the kids tunes and nostalgia.

  • http://www.dontcallmebecky.com Rebekah

    I’m a big fan of

    The Pottery Barn Christmas Trilogy – jazzy, swingy 40′s music
    Sufjian Stevens Christmas albumn
    Sarah MacLachlan Wintersong

  • http://www.justplainevil.org/ally/blog Ally

    I like the Bright Eyes Christmas Album. Though some tracks get a bit trippy at times, overall, it’s gorgeous.

    The Sufjan Stevens Christmas album(s) are also some of my favorites.

  • Kate

    My family tree-trimming tradition would not be complete without listening to John Denver’s ‘Rocky Mountain Christmas’. Yeah. But do you really think you can live without hearing “Please Daddy, don’t get drunk this Christmas”? It’s one of my holiday favorites.

  • Lida

    I second the New Orleans Christmas music. I also like the Elf Soundtrack (Zooey Deschanel’s voice is amazing on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”)

  • http://www.sushiforbaby.com Jennifer K.

    Squirrel Nut Zippers
    “Christmas Caravan”

    Funky, nutty and singable too!

  • Sarah

    I’ll suggest (like many others) the Sufjan Stevens collection. it’s absolutely fabulous!

  • http://deepwithin.wordpress.com Jenn

    I agree all the way with the suggested Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannhiem Steamroller. Growing up at Christmas time for me was always connected with Mannheim Steamroller. I can listen to a few traditional songs but if Mannheim isn’t on, it isn’t Christmas. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is my new love. You can bet those will be what is playing when I finally pop out a kid.

  • Traci

    It’s not Christmas for me without my trusty Partridge Family Christmas album.

  • http://web.me.com/bcargill Brooke

    Jesus, but you have a lot of commenters.

    Probably 500 people already said this, but hey! The Christmas albums I love are the Very Special Christmases (I have 5 but there may be more), featuring everyone from Bon Jovi to Run DMC and Wyclef Jean doing your Christmas favorites. I also own Classic Rock Christmas and A Rock n’ Roll Christmas. (Sense a theme?) Anyway, classic tunes that rock and don’t drive you ape shit.


  • Jamie

    Hands down, my favorite holiday CD EVER is Ella Fitzgerald’s “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas!” It’s got super catchy versions of all the classics and is easy to sing along to (which I do, loudly). Plus, it’s Ella, so it’s beautiful.

    If you’re feeling grinchy, check out Miles Davis’ “Blue Xmas.” It’s sung by Bob Dorough (of School House Rock fame) and it’s the bitterest, saltiest, most cynical holiday song ever.

  • chan

    Barenaked Ladies has a really fun Holiday CD

  • Amethest

    Oddly enough the music I play during the holidays is also a Merry Mixmas, DJ Riko style. http://www.djriko.com/html/mixmases.htm
    Someone may have mentioned this already but there are 300 comments now and I’m heading to bed. =)

  • http://www.sugarmagnolia.wordpress.com Barbara

    KENNY ROGERs christmas. agh. I even sang with him at a concert as a kiddo! nice guy, not such a great musician.

  • Lori

    OY TO THE WORLD by the Klezmonauts. What makes you feel more merry than Klezmer music? Seriously, this is an awesome take on the classics, and I am guessing you’ll be the first in UTAH to have this.


  • I_Tego_Arcana_Dei

    Yo! I recently discovered your blog, and have gone and read like a years worth of back entries, and this is my first post here, so thanks for all you do!

    This is the first time I’ve ever disagreed with you, I LOVE the Charlie Brown Christmas album. But to each thier own, I’ve seen his name pop up in the comments a lot already, but I’m gonna re-reccomend Sufjan Steven’s Christmas album, actually, I’m gonna reccomend ALL of Sufjan’s albums.

  • Anonymous

    If you want really nutty, A John Waters Christmas is it. It has some explicit lyrics, but you should give it a listen. It includes such songs as “Here Comes Fatty Claus,” “Little Mary Christmas,” and “Santa Claus is a Black Man.” Listen to his Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross about putting the album together.

  • Mia

    Not for the Christmas mix, but if you’d like to listen to a wacky Christmas story, find David Sedaris’s 6-8 Black Men in audio. It is the most hilarious holiday piece he has ever done.

  • raeanne

    A Christmas With Roger Whittaker is one of my favorite albums ever – exactly what you said about Leta, that the music you play now will have lasting memories for her – this album has lasting memories for me. You should at least download “Darcy the Dragon”, one of the best Christmas songs ever. :) If you’re looking for nutty, this is it! It’s the story of a dragon who can’t buy Christmas presents for his forest animal friends, because any time he tries to talk he sets the shop he’s in on fire.

    Here are a few more of my favorites, courtesy of my parents. I’m listing the cheaper options, though most/all are available on both CD and MP3 download from Amazon (which imports into iTunes):
    Harry Belafonte, To Wish You A Merry Christmas
    John Denver and the Muppets, A Christmas Together
    Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, Once Upon A Christmas