The Friendly Beasts

xmas beasts 300x300Reindeer get all the glory at Christmastime, especially that one with the bright red nose. And they do work awfully hard to make sure Santa’s sleigh can get to all the homes on his list. But as you’ll soon discover, there are lots of other animals that have helped to make Christmas special, and this mix is going out to those overlooked critters on the farm, at the zoo, and curled up at the end of your bed.

 

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Adam Faith – Lonely Pup (In a Christmas Shop)
  2. Gayla Peevey – I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
  3. Lou Monte – Dominick the Donkey
  4. Burl Ives – Santa Mouse
  5. Debbie Reynolds & Donald O’Connor – Chrissy the Christmas Mouse
  6. Wilf Carter – Punkinhead (The Little Bear)
  7. Hank Thompson – I’d Like to Have an Elephant for Christmas
  8. Hank Snow – Nester, The Long-Eared Donkey
  9. Sharon, Lois & Bram – There Was a Pig Went Out to Dig
  10. Roger Nichols Trio – St. Bernie the Sno-Dog
  11. Jeff & Sue Mitchell – Buzzy the Christmas Bee
  12. The Jingle Cats – Jingle Cat Medley
  13. Jack MacDonald & the Hotel Faces – Give Me a Buffalo, for Christmas
  14. Fire Flower Revue – Magic Ponies at Christmas
  15. Of Montreal – Christmas Isn’t Safe for Animals
  16. The Flaming Lips – Christmas at the Zoo
  17. Farmer Jason – All I Want for Christmas is a Punk Rock Skunk
  18. Meryn Cadell – The Cat Carol
  19. Johnny Cash – Little Gray Donkey
  20. Sufjan Stevens – The Friendly Beasts
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Santa Songs for Cieran, Rosie, Avery, and EVERYONE

santa-kids-300x300It’s weird not making individual Christmas mixes for people this year, but it’s definitely fun to be able to share so many great songs with so many more people. I’m going to dedicate this mix of kid-friendly Santa songs to the most important very young people in my life: My four-year-old nieces Avery and Rosie, and my brand new, not-even-two-weeks-old nephew, Cieran! I am willing to bet this is his very first Christmas mix. He may not get a lot out of it this year, but I hope he will in the years to come. And for all you jaded folks who don’t feel you’re young-at-heart enough for this mix, stay tuned for next week’s definitely-not-for-children sequel: Sexy Santa!

Tracklist (and where you can get these Ho Ho Ho-liday songs for yourselves!)

  1. The Crystals – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  2. The Hepsters – Rockin’ and Rollin’ with Santa Claus
  3. Patti Page – Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
  4. Debbie & The Darnells – Santa Teach Me to Dance
  5. The Beach Boys – The Man With All the Toys
  6. Soupy Sales – Santa Claus is Surfin’ to Town
  7. Ray Stevens – Santa Claus is Watching You
  8. Big John Greer – Wanna See Santa Do the Mambo
  9. The Exciters – Mambo Santa Mamba
  10. Crankshaft and The Geargrinders – Louisiana Bayou Santa
  11. Sonny James – Barefoot Santa Claus
  12. Les Baxter – Santa Claus’s Party
  13. Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music Makers – Ho Ho Ho
  14. Bobby Gimby – Santa Claus Rides Again
  15. Sam Ulano – Santa Claus and the Doodle-I-Boop
  16. Louis Armstrong – Zat You Santa Claus
  17. Ella Fitzgerald – Santa Claus Got Stuck in my Chimney
  18. Harry Connick, Jr. – (It Must’ve Been ‘Ol) Santa Claus
  19. Gene Autry – Santa Santa Santa
  20. Tinseltown Players – Santa Claus is Flying Through the Sky
  21. The Chipmunks – Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
  22. Bob Dylan – Here Comes Santa Claus
  23. The New Christy Minstrels – Sing Along With Santa
  24. Chatham County Line – O! Santa
  25. Brenda Lee – I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus
  26. The Louvin Brothers – Santa’s Big Parade
  27. Bobby Helms – Captain Santa (And His Reindeer Space Patrol)
  28. Hal Bradley Orchestra – Space Age Santa
  29. Lennon Sisters – Outer Space Santa
  30. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians – Hooray for Santa Claus
  31. The Fleshtones – Super Rock Santa
  32. Pointed Sticks – Power Pop Santa
  33. Henry Hall – Does Santa Claus Sleep with his Whiskers Over or Under the Sheet?
  34. Tom Paxton – How Many Cookies Can Santa Claus Eat?
  35. Black Prairie – (Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man With the Bag
  36. She & Him – Little Saint Nick
  37. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Loretta Lynn