in the christmas spirit

charlie brown gets in touch with his inner yule during a scene from 1965's "a charlie brown christmas."

It all leads up to this. Two and a half months of commercial badgering (although I must admit to getting a kick out of the Target TV spot with Santa running through the parking lot in slo-mo), caustic debates on the PC-aspect of wishing one ‘Merry Christmas’ (both sides, quite frankly, need to get a grip) and the realization that one’s budget seldom equals his/her level of holiday spirit (nor should it, perhaps).

Christmas comes every year, whether we are ready for it or not. Helping me to navigate through the home stretch of holiday stress these last few days have been my longtime favorite holiday albums – John Fahey’s solo guitar classic The New Possibility, Booker T. and the MG’s’ ultra-cool In the Christmas Spirit, Phil Spector’s glorious seasonal pop-fest A Christmas Gift for You and, of course, Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. Their appeal is comforting and nostalgic, much like the holiday season itself.

May you discover your own sounds of the season this Christmas and your own tidings of joy, in whatever way you choose.



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