Even though we’re just on the other side of Halloween, the public has already shifted its focus to Christmas. Store displays have shifted, Starbucks has drinks that are eggnog flavored and a handful of lunatics are already considering their Christmas trees. Today marks the first big film release of the holiday season in “A Christmas Carol,” the Robert Zemeckis-directed animated feature that stars Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge. (For more on “A Christmas Carol,” be sure to check out all the in-depth coverage over at MTV Movies.) There are plenty more holiday-themed platters on the way, but “A Christmas Carol” is the biggest Christmas-related film to hit theaters this season.
But let’s face it: Today is November 6, a full 49 days before Santa Claus comes down the chimney. There’s no shame in not feeling any yuletide cheer yet, as we’re still a few weeks from Thanksgiving. But maybe you never miss a Jim Carrey movie, or perhaps you want to support Zemeckis so that he has enough success to make a “Roger Rabbit” sequel. If that’s the case, then we’ve got you covered, because there’s plenty of Christmas music from some of your favorite stars.
Holiday music has crossed over into pop since the invention of radio, but now just about any pop star worth his or her salt puts out a holiday album at some point. This season, David Archuleta and Bob Dylan have both dropped Christmas albums, and there’s a whole heaping back catalog of stuff you could work through no matter what your musical preference is. A fan of Beyoncé? Check out Destiny’s Child‘s “8 Days of Christmas.” Do you prefer psychedelic indie rock? The Flaming Lips‘ “Christmas at the Zoo” is probably for you. Want a little gallows humor with your gingerbread? Enjoy Weird Al” Yankovic‘s “Christmas at Ground Zero.” Or if you just want to rock out, check out the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl blasting out “Fairytale of New York,” probably the best Christmas song ever written.
But if you want to start simple, star with Mariah Carey, whose “All I Want for Christmas is You” has quickly become a holiday standard. Be sure to stay tuned for the rest of the video playlist for a treat at the end!