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There is this dread at Christmas time that everywhere you will go, you will be assaulted by Schmaltzy music about the Holidays, like Little Drummer Boy and all manner of renditions of O little town of Bethlemen.

Back in the early 80’s it was the custom to have albums come out at this time from singers or actors who wanted you to know how they celebrated Christmas ”en Famille” as it were. It was usually unbelievable and unlikely that this singer or actress celebrated in this fashion. The background was their 50 room Hollywood Mansion and the idea was that the whole family piled on the sofa and did ghetto versions of their favorite Xmas jingle. The message was how close and family oriented they all were and Moma or grandma always had a big plate of something everyone loved. Forget the fact that if you were a regular reader of National Enquirer  in the months preceding they had gotten divorce twice and married as many times and family fighting over money was a constant with loads of attitude.

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So sparing you the Bing Crosby, Luciano Pavarotti or A Merry Kardashian Holiday, here is what I am listening to;

Four Motets for Christmas, Hodie Christus Natus Est!

by Francis Poulenc.

Michael Praetorius, Lutheran Christmas Morning Mass of 1620 is also a great one for the Holidays

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but if you must then I also like Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, Mel Tormé, Eartha Kitt.

 

 

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