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Saint Canute’s Day, A Traditional End of Christmas, and Our Seasonal End As Well

When does Christmas actually end? For a lot of commercial Christmas radio stations, the end of the Christmas period is as early as the evening of Christmas day! While people are pl

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Mae West – Wild Christmas
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Mae West – Wild Christmas

When was the last time you heard a Christmas album that was actually fun? I don’t mean funny, in the sense of being a humorous novelty or something awful that a more maliciou

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Sammy Kaye – Christmas Serenade
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Sammy Kaye – Christmas Serenade

What’s the first Christmas album? Well, of course, this would have been before the vinyl record was invented in the late 1940s.

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The Mighty Sparrow – Christmas With Sparrow
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Mighty Sparrow – Christmas With Sparrow

By pure sales figures alone, the traditional pop crooner, softly singing into electrified microphones, is the king of Christmas music.

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British cultural theorist Paul Gilroy famously concieved of the African Diaspora as the Black Atlantic, emphasising the connection between artists and traditions in Africa itself, in Europe and in the Americas.

The Playlist: Christmas in the African Diaspora

British cultural theorist Paul Gilroy famously concieved of the African Diaspora as the Black Atlantic, emphasising the connection between artists and traditions in Africa itself,

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June Christy – This Time Of Year

Christmas, even to those who despise it, is a singularly meaningful holiday.

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Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas

Ella Fitgerald, jazz critic Frank Rich wrote in a reflection published after her death, “is American song”.

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Asalto Navideno
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Willie Colón – Asalto Navideño

Sometimes, the world of Christmas records can seem pretty isolated from the rest of music.

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Mahalia Jackson – Silent Night
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Mahalia Jackson – Silent Night: Songs for Christmas

Sometimes, it’s not about the notes someone sings, about their purity and quality and intrinsical meaningfulness. Sometimes, it’s about the pauses.

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A Christmas Gift For You From Philles Records
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A Christmas Gift for You From Philles Records

What more can be said about an album that countless rock critics have named the greatest Christmas record of all time? No Christmas record has been lauded as much as A Christmas Gi

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