Hello Mixtape Or, Pomegranate Champagne Punch – A Mix For Christmas 2011

I’m usually not a fan of Christmas music. Primarily because most of it sucks (does anyone actually like Feliz Navidad? I’m convinced this song was belched out from the darkest bowels of hell) and it’s usually impossible to avoid for a solid month.

However, there are some really great seasonal songs out there that make this girl’s heart grow three times bigger. And so, in the spirit of the season, I thought it was only right that I share them with you.

Pomegranate-Champagne Punch – Brass, Sass and Classics for the 2011 Christmas Season

A Spotify playlist with the same characteristics as its title – It’s bright, bubbly and will make you feel warm all over.

Basically, it’s a lot of overdubbed brass, a little sad bastard music (because when you’re a grown-up, there’s always a little melancholy associated with the season) and a couple of tracks from Home Alone because it’s just not Christmas without the McAllisters.

The Nutcracker Suite – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Walk This Sleigh – Robbie Williams
O Tannenbaum – Vince Guaraldi Trio
Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bruce Springsteen
Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas – The Eels
Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire – Nat King Cole
Christmas Day – She & Him
(Christmas) Baby, Please Come Home – U2
Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry
Santa Baby – The Pussycat Dolls
The Only Gift That I Need – Dashboard Confessional
Please Come Home For Christmas – Jon Bon Jovi
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Johnny Mathis
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Harry Connick Jr. feat. Lee Ann Womack
Boogie Woogie Santa Claus – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Back Door Santa – Clarence Carter
Cool Jerk (Christmas Mix) – The Capitols
Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Olivia Olson

May it jingle your bells, deck your halls and basically, get you feeling all sorts of merry for the holidays.

And if you’re looking for a Pomegranate-Champagne Punch recipe? Click here. Martha’s got you covered…as usual.