I have always loved all different types of Christmas music from the beautiful hymns to the secular carols to the sillier songs (think "Rockin Around The Christmas Tree"). However, this year I almost had Christmas music meltdown.
It all started innocently enough. Knowing that I wanted to start playing Christmas music in the store on Black Friday, I added some additional holiday songs to the store iPod. But I didn't add enough. Turns out that I only had about 3-1/2 hours worth of music to last me through the day. Considering that Black Friday was a 12 hour day and most of my others are 8 hours, it meant I was hearing the same songs OVER and OVER again.
One night recently, Jim started playing a Diana Krall Christmas CD. I had to ask that it be stopped immediately. And I love Diana Krall. But after hearing her music all day, ever day, I couldn't take it any more.
It was time to get creative (and add more music to the iPod). I went on a search for some unique groups that I wouldn't tire of so quickly. And I found some fascinating new groups that not only have great Christmas albums but also wonderful every day music. If you've never listened to Pink Martini, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, or She and Him, I recommend you give them a try. They have helped to preserve my sanity this Christmas season!