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Originally published Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 5:05 AM

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The List: Christmas songs that don’t wear out their welcome


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At this point in the holiday season, let’s have a moment of silence for all of those retail clerks who’ve been listening to the same two dozen Christmas songs nonstop for the past six weeks. A few lodged in my head right now, not unpleasantly:

‘Santa Baby’

This ridiculously catchy tune, a holiday staple since Eartha Kitt first recorded it in 1953, was featured on the Christmas episode of “The Mindy Project” earlier this month. Mindy, plotting to snare a man, was planning to sing it at the office Christmas party — but her plans were thwarted when Maria Menounos sang it instead. Funny stuff. Nothing like this happened at my office Christmas party, but maybe I left too early.

‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’

The Ella Fitzgerald version, of course. Note that this song never once mentions the holidays, which is refreshing. It always makes me feel warm and toasty, and in need of corn for popping.

‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’

Should you need a blast of happy holiday spirit, scurry on over to YouTube and find the 2012 video of Mariah Carey performing this song with a holiday-sweatered Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, a chorus of adorable children in red hats, strings of Christmas lights and a roaring fireplace. It’ll melt the heart of the staunchest Grinch. Merry Christmas to all!

Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times movie critic



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