With less than two weeks to go, it’s time for some jingles.

If you haven’t guessed, Christmas is almost here. And unlike the rest of Trump’s America, I have barely celebrated.

Please don’t cuff me.

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been a bit of a Grinch this year (for reasons that shall go unsaid), but nevertheless, the time has come to indulge in this season’s wonderful celebration of memories and bygone years. Well, almost.

Since we technically have a little bit of time before the fat man arrives, I didn’t want to start streaming the classics. Ella and Frank and Louis can wait. There will be plenty of that next week. Instead, let’s get to know some younger folks.

While most people think Mariah Carey is the only person to write a Christmas song in the last 25 years, believe it or not, others have, too—and they’re quite good.

Artists like Meghan Trainor, Kelly Clarkson and Sufjan Stevens have added new tracks to the cannon with lyrics about love, homecoming, and burning gifts in a stove.

Well, they’re not all uplifting. What do you want me to tell you?

At any rate, I hope you enjoy the list. And fair warning: there are a couple covers in this set so it’s not entirely “new” songs. They’re just good renditions. Don’t send your hate mail.

“Last Christmas” by Jimmy Eat World

“I’ll Be Home” by Meghan Trainor

“Wrapped in Red” by Kelly Clarkson

“Christmas With You Is The Best” by The Long Winters

“We Need A Little Christmas” by Ages and Ages

“Christmas” by Leona Naess

“That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!” by Sufjan Stevens

“The Projectionist” by Sleeping At Last

“Just for Now” by Imogen Heap

“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Sam Smith

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Photo by Justin Gilbert Photography

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