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A Christmas Music Playlist

December is upon us, and so is the Christmas Season! This means it’s time for red and green, and Mall Santas, Christmas Trees, and yes, of course, Christmas Music!

I like Christmas music. Most of it. Well, except for one song, in particular.

Jingle Bell Rock.

I hate this song. This is the story of why.

So we time travel back to December 2016. I had been laid off from Alfred for about two weeks at this point, so I was home most of the day, every day. It was a rough time when you’re job hunting, there’s only so many times you can refresh Glassdoor a day. So I would try to get out of the house at least once a day. (If you’re going through something similar check out this article on how to survive!)

Usually, this meant walking to the store a little over a half-mile from our apartment. It was always a nice walk there and back, in the warm Los Angeles December, (Seriously, it was like 80 degrees on Christmas Day one year). I would normally listen to a podcast or music on my way to the store, but when I got there I would usually take my headphones out. 

After several days of visiting either the Ralphs or wandering through Rite Aid, I started noticing something strange. Every time I went to the store, the same song would play. Jingle Bell Rock. I would always notice it in the same part of the song. 

I’d be minding my own business looking for something to cook for dinner, and out of nowhere, 

“Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet…”

That line would be stuck in my head all day, I’d be walking home “Giddy-up jingle horse, pick your feet.”

Making dinner? “Giddy-up jingle horse, pick your feet.”

Searching for the latest job postings? “Giddy-up jingle horse, pick your feet.”

Writing this article? “Giddy-up jingle horse, pick your feet.”

Seriously.

Then as we got closer to Christmas, the song began to follow me all around the city. Gas station? “Giddy-up jingle horse, pick your feet.” Taco Bell? “Giddy-up jingle horse, pick your feet.” The Mall? “Giddy-up jingle horse, pick your feet.” McDonalds? “Giddy-up jingle horse, pick your feet.” Walking down the street and a random person blasting music out of their car? “Giddy-up jingle horse, pick your feet.”

It was following me!

I couldn’t escape the Jingle horse. WHY COULDN’T HE JUST PICK UP HIS FEET!

I felt like I was going insane, every place I went with music playing, the song would be there. Even when we came to Sacramento to celebrate Christmas with our family, I went to the grocery store to pick up some items we needed for Christmas dinner, “Giddy-up jingle horse, pick your feet.”

Until finally on December 26th, I could relax again, breathe again, go a day without hearing “Giddy-up jingle horse, pick your feet.”

So in lieu of recommending that cursed song. Here is a suggested holiday playlist from us with some of the more off the beaten path Christmas songs and versions you can add to your own holiday playlist!

Let us know down in the comments what are your favorite and least favorite Christmas songs!

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