Walking in a (nuclear) winter wonderland

Christmastime is here. And yet, I’m not convinced.

All month long, I have been waiting for it to feel like the holidays—to see some twinkling lights, lick a couple of candy canes, and feel that warm holiday cheer from everyone I meet. But this year, I don’t know, something is just off.

I spent some time trying to figure out what it could be that was making everything feel so strange, and then it dawned on me: 2016 has been a dumpster fire.

Aleppo, Trump, Bowie, Trump, Prince, Trump, Mosul, TRUMP… you get my point.

So this year, my Christmas playlist is a little less traditional. It doesn’t include any epic renditions of “Silent Night” or “Joy to the World.” Instead, it only features songs that make me want to drink.

Up-tempo swing, bossa nova jazz, and easy-listening lounge is all I need. Well, that, and a cocktail.

So grab the bourbon and chill the gin because fuck it—we all need a drink.

“Winter Wonderland” by Peggy Lee

“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” by Frank Sinatra

“Jingle All The Way” by Lena Horne

“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” by Dean Martin

“Good Morning Blues” by Ella Fitzgerald

“The Merriest” by June Christy

“Frosty the Snowman” by Bing Crosby

“Jingle Bells” by Frank Sinatra

“Cool Yule” by Louis Armstrong

“My Little Drum by Vince Guaraldi Trio

“The Christmas Waltz” by Peggy Lee

“The Christmas Song” by Ella Fitzgerald

“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” by Frank Sinatra

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Doris Day

“The Christmas Blues” by Dean Martin

“We Need a Little Christmas” by Nancy Sinatra

“Skating” by Vince Guaraldi Trio

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Margaret Whiting

“Happy Holiday” by Peggy Lee

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” by Ella Fitzgerald

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Photo by Justin Gilbert Photography

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