Scenario: I'm having a holiday party and need party-music-that-sounds-cool-but-also-wintry.
Scenario: My cube-mate's been playing Christmas tunes since Dec. 1. If I hear Mariah Carey sing All I Want for Christmas is You once more I will snap. I'd like to take over the airwaves with my own mix for a day — what's a good list to work from?
Scenario: I JUST LOVE CHRISTMAS SONGSSS!
Offbeat Home has solutions to all the scenarios — songs to stream and songs to buy that are full of jinglebells.
Albums I love
Snoopy vs. the Red Baron is still my family's traditional Christmas record. It's a faux radio drama telling the tale of Snoopy's Christmas truce with the Red Baron. $9.49 on Amazon.
The Maybe This Christmas albums got me through working retail at Christmas time. Full of Death Cab and Ben Folds songs, it's definitely not traditional holiday music.
Stream for free
Rhapsody has a fantastic playlist called Indie Winter Wonderland — and they offer a free trial, so it's perfect for seasonal listening.
Rdio also offers a free trial. I made a playlist we can share and collaborate on. Cool, yeah? It kicks off with Thistle Hair the Christmas Bear, a totally bizarre Christmas song about a bear who gets in the holiday spirit. From there it's got a mix of stuff I hope you will like!
If you have an Rdio account, feel free to collaborate on the playlist — and pop any suggestions you'd like into the comments.