For the ambiguity-averse: Santa’s Magickal Ho-Ho Bag track list

Those halls ain’t gonna deck themselves, yuletide thrillseekers! May I recommend for your tree-trimming merriment this humble playlist; a mere suggestion for filling two sides of a Maxell XL II high-bias 90-minute cassette, you understand.

Side A
Ain’t No Chimneys / Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings
Presents for Christmas / Solomon Burke (1940-2010)
WGBH Station Identification
Go Power at Christmastime / James Brown
Rock ‘N’ Roll Christmas (excerpt) / Cordell Jackson
I Remember Everything / Keef Richards feat. Booker T. & The MGs
Put the Lights on the Tree / Sufjan Stevens
WHFS (actually WMMR) Greeting from / The Boss
Blue Christmas / Bruce Springsteen with The Max Weinberg Seven
Christmas in the Stars & a greeting from your host / C3P-O & The Droids feat. Chris
Cloud Nine tablet / Bobby Sherman
I Feel Merely Marvelous / Esquivel
A Hot One / The Shadow Players
Santa’s Magical Bag / Charlotte Sanders
A Supernatural Entity / Stephin Merritt
Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree / The Magnetic Fields
A Great Fall / Keef Richards feat. Booker T & The MGs
Run, Run, Rudolph / Keef Richards
You Say Today Is Christmas Day? / Keef Richards & Patrick Stewart feat. Esquivel
I Wish It Was Christmas Today / Julian Casablancas
Snowflakes and Frozen Lakes / Baby Pac-Man
Be-Bop Santa Claus / Babs Gonzales

Side B
Prologue: Christmas Isn’t About Santa
Rocking Disco Santa Claua / Sisterhood
You’re Going Down / James Murphy
Oh, You (Christmas Blues) / LCD Soundsystem
Another Lonely Christmas (excerpt) / Prince
When You’re Twenty-One / Carl Perkins
Snow? / Yosemite Sam & Bugs Bunny
Snow Man, Snow Man, Sweet Potato Nose / The J-Notes
Black Christmas / The Emotions
Santa’s E-mail / The Muppets
We Wish You a Merry Christmas / The Muppets feat. John Denver
Mind Power (excerpt) / James Brown
Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto / James Brown
Santa, Fix My Toys for Christmas / Rodd & Judy
Arms of Mary (Looking at a Baby) / The New Pornographers
A Weird Little Christmas / Jack Blanchard
Grandma’s Homemade Christmas Card / Merle Haggard
Christmas Ain’t Christmas (Without the One You Love) / The O’Jays
Hey, Guys! It’s Christmastime! / Sufjan Stevens
Christmas as I Knew It / Johnny Cash

Merry Christmas, everyone! Happy listening!

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