Merry Christmas everybody! We here in the MTV Newsroom want to wish anybody celebrating a happy and healthy holiday. It’s the time of year when you don’t have to worry about excess, so feel free to eat too many cookies, drink too much eggnog and give out too many hugs to family and friends. Also, be sure to play your Christmas music to death, because it will be the last time you can do so for another 350 days or so.
While “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells” are fine choices when it comes to caroling, they’re a little played out. Instead, you should tuck into some modern favorites. Want to gather around the hearth and grab Aunt Deb for a duet on the Pogues‘ “Fairytale of New York”? You should do it. Are you more of a punk at heart? Strap on the Ramones‘ “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight).” Feeling a little more irreverent about the Yuletide season (and the end of the world)? Then “Christmas at Ground Zero” by “Weird Al” Yankovic is your new favorite holiday jam. If you want something more traditional but still want to stretch your range, take on Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want for Christmas is You.” And if you want to have a freak-out on Christmas in addition to New Year’s Eve, tuck into the Flaming Lips‘ “Christmas at the Zoo.”
But if you’re like us here in the Newsroom, you’re going to gather around the tree and spit some verses from Run-D.M.C.‘s immortal “Christmas in Hollis.” Check out the video below, and keep watching for the rest of “Get Your Yule On,” the official MTV News Christmas video playlist. “Christmas in Hollis” is by far the best Christmas rap in history, and it’s the best way to remind yourself that whether you celebrate or not, there should be joy in the season. Enjoy your holiday.