A Familyre Christmas Volume 4 - Available now (and being updated every day, advent-calendar style) from the wonderfully creative Sounds Familyre Records (owned and operated by Daniel Smith of The Danielson Famile), this year’s go-to collection of oddball poptunes and holiday standards. Check out Volumes 1-3 while you’re there.
Sufjan Stevens – Songs For Christmas Volumes 1 – 5 - So many songs! Streaming free on bandcamp! A few years old, but still a holiday staple. Rumor has it there are a couple of more recent volumes floating around the web as well.
Damien Jurado – Christmas Time is Here - Damien Jurado breaks out his finest falsetto for a wistful take on the Charlie Brown classic.
Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody (video) – This video is older than most of us, but, it’s great, duh. Where words fall short, YouTube.
A Rubber Band Christmas – Christmas carols performed entirely on rubber bands. Holiday favorites found in this collection include “Rudolph the Rubber Nosed Reindeer” and “Feliz Rubberdad.” You can hear it all free. (Thanks, Cliff, for sending this my way.)
The Music Tapes Tiny Desk Concert - The aforementioned saw-wizard and his band stopped by NPR to share some stories and some songs. Watch the video or download the audio.
May your days be merry and bright!