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Little Brenda Lee has her water pistol gun to get after that negligent gift giver in “I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus.” See, no presents for the poor kids instills retribution. Honky tonkin’ for reals.

Johnny Preston responds to a little kid crooning “I Want a Rock ‘n’ roll Guitar” but insisting: you want a six gun like The Lone Ranger has. The kid wants rocking nothing to do with that. Kid wants to be on TV. You know how it is.

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys deconstruct the honky tonk with “Santa is on His Way.” Amongst his swag is a cowboy gun for you.

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Not traditionally a holiday carol “You Can’t Blame the Youth” is Bob Marley and The Wailers’ treatise on societal indoctrination: When every Christmas come, You buy the youth a pretty toy gun.

And that, i s’pose, puts me in mood for gangsta rap. Slaughterhouse (feat. Weed) offers to shoot everyone for “Christmas Fun Time.” So i’ll lose the invitation.

All the hoods are here, spreading Christmas cheer, Handguns and wine in Big Bad VooDoo Daddy’s “Christmastime in Tinseltown.” Swing revival counts.

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Now, some “Funky Christmas.” Keenan Back (feat. Samirah Tariq, Liam Back, Bennykaay, Merlin Schneider & Martin Rudkowski) mashes up R+B with disco to declaim: So grab your loved ones, Leave behind your 9 to 5, Enjoy your life–’cause baby; It is christmas time.

On this Christmas We aim at the sky, The dreams we could attain; And I rocked a 9 to 5–The food it couldn’t wait! Bukas Sīgurø wades into the pop slugger “Wonderful Night” with verve. Not sure what it all means, but this Canadian adopted Haitian parties.

Vilardz raps ironic apologies for all the swag he bestows at Xmas. Santa working 9-5 that’s one hell of a shift. “Christmas Hype” begins with a ‘Bells’ beat, but it grows up.

The Tractors have been themselves workin’ nine to five, but Told my boss he could stick it so they could be “Swingin’ Home for Christmas.” It is swing. Get some.

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Done yet? No way, Hay-seus!

Those American Girls are not so happy with “Another Christmas.” there’s chores, and other people get to go to Aruba, and–well, YOU know. But there IS theremin. Odd electro-pop.

And then Gary Glitter swooshes in with an insistent backbeat to herald the kissing and singing and presenting of “Another Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas.” Throbbin’!

Just Another Song” is the swingin’ Stephen Colbert addition to the canon. And this time, my ad infinitum reference is used!

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Xmas again? ONE MORE TIME!

Fabulous Bird (Blue Alert?) woo hoo retro psychedelic rock with their “Everybody Knows It’s Xmas Time Again.” You know?

Shawn Lee spells it out almost without affect in “Christmas Again!” Tinkly pop of the slow motion variety.

big finish? Well, howsabout some big band rock swing from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy? “Christmastime in Tinseltown,” anyone? Handguns and wine!

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Quieter now. Let’s celebrate the cyclicism of our orbiting pinball with some down-home jollity.

Little Rockers alt the lightness of emotionality with some poignant rocking “It’s Christmas Time Again.” Image-matic. Paints a picture.

Show-grass honkytonk from JR & The Bad Ox Band. Prime rowdiness is promised in “It’s Christmas Time Again,” but it’s merely a sing-songy jubilee.

Slow echoey piano bar warbling from Ivory West makes “Christmas Again” seem too cool for yule.

As laid back as Bing, Time Boyce-Hobson whaddya knows the cool swing of “Christmas Time Again.” Gets louder than some, but still frosty as Santa.

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Here’s a fun twist on edging in towards Christmas: the countdown. Not twelve days of showing off. The thing like I’m doing on my titlings, you know ten… nine… three… etc.

It can be done horridly, like with this English Christmas Chorale’s “Countdown to Christmas.” Suitable for parents above the age of fifty sung by their grandkids. Just another easy listening casualty.

It can be done mindlessly, like Gia Farrell’s “Christmas Everyday,” a pop attack that lists the day of the week that could be Christmas. Hoo boy.

Oscar the Grouch reprises his big hit ‘I Hate Christmas’ with the duet “Countdown Christmas.” It’s Street, with Stiller the Elf. (Gots the soft spot for the Street.)

Connor Ratliff ticks off the months in “Christmas is the Best.” His growly folk pop is acid, though. Maybe he doesn’t mean best like you and me do.

The best on topic (via wordplay) is clearly Lee Harris swinging the pop of “Christmas is Counting on Me.” Stinks of top 40, and yet i am moved. Sue me.

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The excitement of Christmas coming spills out in joyous tellings through song and music. Sometimes that’s fun….

A Wild Frontier is anything but wild in “Almost Time for Christmas.” The restraint in their emo-pop is buzzkill no matter how gravelly loud they get.

David Jones & Tom Howe get Britpop with their TV commercial jingle “Almost Christmas.” Infectious jive, but a bit annoying despite its brevity.

Just as UK-ey “Almost Christmas” from the original cast of ‘A Little Princess’ (the musical i guess) brightens up Victorian drama, but isn’t this from ‘Annie’? I can’t tell musicals apart!

Sean Wiggins peps up the merriness of jazz swing with “Almost Christmas.” The sass doesn’t overpower the umph here, so props.

I can be persuaded by a musical number, iffen i can identify the musical genre outside of ‘showtune.’ David George’s ‘Christmas Ain’t a Drag’ (2016) big band swings “Almost Christmas” with gusto and jazzy improv that raises spirits (and hackles, iffen i’m being honest).

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Christmas is a time to shed some light on the meaning of life. So let’s up the wattage on love, shall we? I knew you’d want to.

Gwen Stefani is looking for love “Under the Christmas Lights.” Shoo bop.

Sia is looking for love “Under the Christmas Lights.” Oo-we-oo.

Cimorelli is falling like the snow (for you). “Christmas Lights” is so girly in love, i’m matching periods with it. Show pop.

Natalie Brown sounds a bit more grounded with her love letter “Christmas Lights.” She doesn’t need mistletoe with her jazzy slow pop, just some of the periphery –and you.

Switching to the male point of view (sorta), The Crystalairs doo wop the zoom to heaven with that Wintery “Light of Love.” Cooler than the girls?

Slidawg & The Redneck Ramblers get gooey romantic with the squeezebox serenade “The Lights on the Trailer.” Guys!

Well then, let the man do it. JD McPherson’s jazzabilly swings “Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)” for the cool cats and kittens. Like butter.

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So dammany bells for the holidays, the mere collision of clapper with shell foretells the season. Ring it out!

Can’t pass up a clever one: “Christmas Hmm That Rings a Bell” quips Dr. BLT with eclectic music fusion. You’re on notice.

Disney tells you what you want. Irina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Josh Gad belt out a standard show tune (from that ‘Frozen’ holiday extra) “Ring in the Season” …and big finish.

Shuffling pop from Rubettes (feat. Alan Williams) hails us that “Bells Ring out on Christmas Day.” That’s how we know. (Well, that’s how YOU know, me i heard the songs back in Sept.)

Douglas Wagner brings us chorale arrangement for your school/church/prison in “Ring the Bells, It’s Christmas!” a showy show tune.

Twinkle Toes Music tends to downbeat this title. “Ring the Bells, It’s Christmas Time” here is a jazzy kidsong to proffer physical exercise. Sounds like London Bridge is Falling to me, though.

I like the persistent swing of Natalie Taylor’s “Holiday Bells.” Here’s a theme song for the season.