Alternative Christmas Playlist

Alternative Christmas Playlist

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas to you all. It’s time to gear up for Christmas with my Alternative Christmas Playlist.

I’m not the most festive of people. Getting me to be cheery on Christmas Day is about as easy as it is to get my brother to do, well, anything – almost impossible. Don’t get me wrong, I love having all my family together. It’s rare that we have everyone together. So this Christmas while there are nine of us huddled up in my mums three bed semi-detached house to eat, drink and be merry, I’ll be everyones favourite bah-humbug with my hatred of all Christmas music, except of course for my Alternative Christmas Playlist.

Traditionally in our house on Christmas we don’t play your mainstream overplayed year-after-year Christmas songs by Wham! and good old Mariah Carey. In our household we go for the more conservative and traditional type of festive music with angelic choirs and classical sounds. This in itself is an alternative Christmas playlist – but it’s not mine.

Nevertheless the mainstream music does come on early in the morning while the turkey – who gets named every year – is cooking nicely in the oven, the veg is prepped and the table is laid by yours truly.

When such music comes on I like to ironically belt it out and annoy the family up with how well I can sing. But at the same time there also becomes a power struggle between my brother and I for control over the music, especially now with Sonos speakers and us all able to control it from our phones. So this year, to save me from tears, I’ll be playing my alternatives to the mainstream big names at Christmas. If anyone questions whether its Mariah or East 17 I’ll say “of course it is, you’ve clearly drunk too much already.”

SUFJAN STEVENS

O COME O COME EMMANUEL 


DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME)


RON SEXSMITH

MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS


THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO

THE FIRST SNOWFLAKE


FLEET FOXES

WHITE WINTER HYMNAL


JIMMY EAT WORLD

LAST CHRISTMAS


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Caitlin is obsessed with all things design. When she's not busy working on magazines and newspapers, she's juggling freelancing on the side and a masters degree. You'll likely find her in the gym or cooking up a storm in the kitchen when she manages to step away from the computer.

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