MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY! Some Timeless Holiday Video Classics


Josh Groban – O Holy Night

Sorry, Garrison Keillor, here’s another Jew trashing up your holiday with his beautiful voice rendering a much-loved classic — Josh Groban singing “O Holy Night.” HOW DARE HE. Groban, why don’t you stick to beautifully rendering “I’m F*ing Ben Affleck.”

Twelve Days of Christmas – John Denver & The Muppets

This is much less weird than Kermit the Frog saying goodbye to Charlie Gibson.

Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl

Shane MacGowan and Kristy MacColl singing their version of a lifelong lovesong is poignant and raw and merry and perfect. Lyrics here, they are important, mark them well.

La Vie Boheme – Rent

A joyous, life-affirming song for a (very) downtown Christmas Eve — it’s fashionable to hate on Rent now that it’s been so widely updated (and imitated), and to hate on the movie for not quite getting it, but I can remember seeing Rent on Broadway in the fall of 1997 from the fourth row, and let me tell you, I am not sure the experience has been matched. This song is about as good as it gets (even if this version is less than ideal). Roger! Stop being so too cool for school, it’s annoying already. p.s. If it were written today, how many references to “Obama” do you think would be in there?


Merry Christmas.

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