December Musical Gifstravaganza

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What is the December Musical Gifstravaganza (DMG)?

It's a way for MetaChatters to recommend and share holiday music throughout the month of December. MetaChatters sign up for a certain day or set of days throughout the month, then post some music to share.
Services like DivShare make it easy to let other listeners sample music before making a commitment to owning it, so that's one we've liked a lot. Of course, you are also encouraged to incorporate videos, images, personal stories, lyrics, and whatever else you think goes along with your selection.
Music for any end-of-year-timed holiday or no special holiday at all is welcome, but it's great if it can be winter-seasonal somehow as that is what many participants are especially looking for.

Participation tips:

  • Make sure your post title includes "December Musical Gifstravaganza" or DMG.
  • Test your sample link before finalizing your post, to make sure it works.
  • Make sure you specify the actual names of the songs somewhere, preferably inside the post after the More Inside tag.
  • Have fun! We'll use this Wiki page to keep a list of past songs recommended.


    Miko started the DMG as Miko's Musical Advent Calendar.

    12/1 Nay, Ivy, Nay, artist unknown
    12/2 Winter Weather, Benny Goodman's Orchestra with Peggy Lee and Art Lund
    12/3 Let it Snow, Sam Bush
    12/4 Christmas Wrapping, the Waitresses
    12/5 Great Day in December, The Swan Silvertones
    12/6 Joy to the World, John Fahey
    12/7 The Boar's Head Carol, Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band
    12/8 (Just Like) Starting Over, John Lennon and Yoko Ono
    12/9 Santa's Got a Big Old Bag, The BellRays
    12/10 Trinquez, Trinquez, Michael Doucet
    12/11 Christmas in Prison, John Prine
    12/12 Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Bruce Springsteen
    12/13 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Judy Garland
    12/14 Overture and Sugar Rum Cherry, Duke Ellington
    12/16 Thanksgiving Theme, Vince Guaraldi
    12/17 2000 Miles, The Pretenders
    12/18 Merry Christmas from the Family, Robert Earl Keen
    12/19 The Last Month of the Year, Betty May Bowman
    12/20 A-Roving on a Winter's Night, artist unknown
    12/21 Run Run Rudolph, Dave Edmunds
    12/22 Children, Go Where I Send Thee, The Gospel Scarlets
    12/23 Remember, Harry Nilsson
    12/24 Guadete, Steeleye Span
    12/25 Merry XMas, War is Over!, John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band


    There was no DMG this year.


    Miko made a 2nd, truncated attempt to offer a whole month

    12/1 Troika, Prokofiev
    12/2 Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy, David Bowie and Bing Crosby
    12/3 Christmas Anthem, by Sacred Harp Singers
    12/4 Sing We Now of Christmas, Hans Christian and Friends
    12/5 What Will Santy Claus Say (When He Finds Everybody Swingin'), Louis Prima
    12/6 Angels We Have Heard on High, The Taj Motel Trio
    12/7 Merry Christmas, Baby! By Bruce Springsteen, Otis Redding, and Bonnie Raitt


    Discussion this year led to a new idea of having many participants instead of one. Thus was born the December Musical Gifstravaganza. It began on December 7.

    12/8 Boring Postcards: Christmas in Heaven, Monty Python.
    12/9 Miko: O Magnum Mysterium, Bill Taft and Kelly Hogan.
    12/10 Rhapsodie:My Chimney, DJ Riko featuring Marcie.
    12/11 Hugh Janus: Falling in Love (With Christmastime), Moneybrother.
    12/12 Miko: The Wexford Carol, Nanci Griffith and the Chieftains.
    12/13 Miko: December Will Be Magic Again, Kate Bush.
    12/14 Rhapsodie: Fuck You, Motherfucker, It's Christmas, Brad Sucks.
    12/15 Gaspode: Selection from The Christmas Oratorio, JS Bach.
    12/16 Initapplette: Five Pound Box of Money, Pearl Bailey, and Zat You, Santa Claus?, Ingrid Lucia.
    12/17 Boring Postcards: Christmas, The Opal Foxx Quartet.
    12/18 Hugh Janus: Arthur McBride, Ox.
    12/19 Initapplette: Lovely Vine and Adeste Fideles, Boston Camerata
    12/20 Rhapsodie: Chestnuts, 31D1.
    12/21 Boring Postcards: Christmas is Now Drawing Near, Coil.
    12/22 Gaspode: Here Comes Fatty Claus, Rudolph & Gang.
    12/23 Danf: Sol Invictus, Thea Gilmore.
    12/24 Miko: The Rebel Jesus, Jackson Browne and the McGarrigle Family; Christmas Anthem by some shapenote singers; and Christmas Time for Girls and Boys by Ludwig Van..
    12/28 Ufez: Merry Christmas, I Fucked Your Snowman, Showcase Showdown.
    12/29 Filthy Light Thief: Hell Interface,Soylent Night; The Magic of Christmas, Pac Man; Nu Roots, Roy Davis Jr.
    12/30 Rhapsodie: Cold December, Matt Costa; Our December , Thriving Ivory.
    1/2/2011 Boring Postcards: White Wine In The Sun, Tim Minchin.


    It was so much fun we did it again!
    12/1 Miko: The Twenty-Fifth Day of December, Middle Georgia Four.
    12/2 Boring Postcards: Come on Christmas, Christmas, Come On, Ringo Starr.
    12/3 Richat: Winter Wonderland, Ashtray Babyhead.
    12/4 Bluesapphires: Party Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (LMFAO vs Brenda Lee), DJ McFly. P
    12/5 Asok: There Must Be an Angel, The Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir.
    12/6 Madamina: Bogoroditse Devo (Rachmaninoff), Josepeh Lieber, Joseph Mein, and Justin Bieber, Justin Mine, choral performances.
    12/7 Initapplette: Up on the Housetop, The Jackson 5, and What Christmas Means to Me, Stevie Wonder.
    12/8 Slack-a-Go-Go: One Little Christmas Tree, Stevie Wonder.
    12/9 Senyar: Il est né le divin enfantItalic text, versions by Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois Montage, the Salt Lake City Choir, Demis Rousseaus, Tino Rossie, The Chieftains with Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
    12/10 No post
    12/11 Arse_hat: Back Door Santa, Clarence Carter; Lonely Christmas Eve, Phrozenlight (Bert Hulshoff); Christmas With the Believers.
    12/12 Miko: Mele Kalikimaka and Sleigh Ride, Arthur Lyman and His Orchestra.
    12/13 No post
    12/14 Arse_Hat: The Trees, Richard Cheese, and the first of the Beatles' Christmas records.
    12/15 Danf: Christmas Medley and Silent Night, Spike Jones.
    12/16 Madamina: R2D2, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, What Do You Get A Wookiee For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb), Sleigh Ride, Star Wars "Christmas in the Stars" album; The Cat Carol, Meryn Cadell; Father Christmas, The Kinks.
    12/17 No post
    12/18 Initapplette: Frosty the Snow Man, Ella Fitzgerald; O Little Town of Bethlehem, Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
    12/19 Ufez: I Want a Monkey For Christmas, The Barbary Coasters.
    12/20 Filthy Light Thief: Christmas at Jimo's House mix.
    12/21 Bearwife: Nou is Yole Comen, Portland Revels.
    12/22 Boring Postcards: Christmas Lights, J Church..
    12/23 Richat: Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight), The Ramones; Let It Snow!; Luscious Jackson; Jingle Rock Bell, Pink Stainless Tail; Fairytale of New York, Billy Bragg and Florence Welch.
    12/24 JanetLand: Winter Wonderland, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Christmas Island, and Adeste Fideles, The Lennon Sisters, and a horrible bonus of Frosty the Snowman, Billy Idol, PLUS an even more horrible bonus from Boring Postcards, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Tiny Tim.
    12/25 Boring Postcards: White Wine in the Sun, Tim Minchin.
    12/26 Sperose Selections by the Trans Siberian Orchestra
    12/27 Bluesapphires: The Twelve Pains of Christmas, The Chimney Song, Jesus's Birthday, The 'What's It to Ya' Chorus, Didn't I Get This Last Year, Bob Rivers.
    12/28 No post
    12/29 Boring Postcards: Winter Love, Robyn Hitchcock.
    12/30 Rhapsodie: Good Morning Moon, Anchorage, and The Avocado Song, Marian Call. Po
    12/31 JanetLand: It's Just Another New Year's Eve, Barry Manilow, and Happy New Year, ABBA.


    Why stop when you got a good thing going on?

    Dec 1 - Miko: The Song the Season Brings, Beta Radio.
    Dec 2 - Madamina: White Wine in the Sun, Tim Minchin
    Dec 3 - Bearwife: Linus & Lucy, Vince Guaraldi
    Dec 4 - Slack-a-gogo: I Wanna Be Dentated-Blitzen's Bop, MojoChronic
    Dec 5 - JanetLand: Shake Hands With Santa Claus, Louis Prima
    Dec 6 - BoringPostcards: Jesus Christ, Big Star
    Dec 7 - Senyar: Merry Christmas, I Don't Want To Fight Tonight, The Ramones
    Dec 8 - bluesapphires: Hanukkah Blessings, Barenaked Ladies; The Dreydel Song, El Vez; Oh Hanukkah, Gods of Fire; Honky Tonk Hanukkah, Honky Tonk Confidential; Chanukah Suite, Los Angeles Master Chorale (composer Jason Robert Brown); Candlelight, The Maccabeats; Miracle, Matisyahu; (I'm Spending) Hanukkah In Santa Monica, Tom Lehrer
    Dec 9 - gaspode: We Three Kings (Of Orient Are), Jimmy Smith
    Dec 10 - Miko: The Klematics' The Many and the Few, Groovy's Freylekhs, and Hanukkah's Flame
    Dec 11 - arse_hat: Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack for A Charlie Brown Christmas
    Dec 12 - danf: Santa Put the Hurt on You, Benny Grunch
    Dec 13 - initapplette: Angels From the Realms of Glory, Annie Lennox
    Dec 14 - eekacat: Jingle Bells, Schroeder from A Charlie Brown Christmas, Jingle Bells, Jimmy Smith and Jingle Bells, Mojo Nixon
    Dec 15 - ufez: Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights), JD McPherson
    Dec 16 - JanetLand: Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord, Boney M
    Dec 17 - Miko: Still, Still Still (Sarah Whiteley and Garrison Kiellor)
    Dec 18 - Madamina: Go Power At Christmas Time, James Brown; Jesus Was A Dreidel Spinner, Jill Sobule; Christmas is Cancelled, Long Blondes; Getting Down For Xmas, Milly & Silly
    Dec 19 - undue influence: 12 Days Of Christmas, Relient K
    Dec 20 - Slack-a-gogo: Merry Christmas Will Do, Material Issue; This Christmaas, the Shoes; It's About That Time, the Idea.
    Dec 21 - initapplette: Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, Maurice Chevalier
    Dec 22 - Senyar: Santa's Out of Rehab by Christmas, Adam's House Cat
    Dec 23 - BoringPostcards: I Still Believe In Christmas, The Fleshtones; Champagne of Christmas, The Fleshtones
    Dec 24 - JanetLand: Christmas Waltz, Doris Day
    Dec 25 - gaspode
    Dec 26 - Ardiril: Telstar, Tornadoes
    Dec 27 - initapplette: The Bells of St. Mary's and My Favorite Things, Andy Williams
    Dec 28 - bluesapphires: Hippopotamus for Christmas, Gayla Peevey
    Dec 29 - arse_hat
    Dec 30 - initapplette: Figgy Pudding, Johnny Cash and the Carter Family
    Dec 31 - eekacat
    and for fun
    Jan 1, 2013! - arse_hat


    It's back!
    Dec 1 - Miko: Beta Radio again with their 3rd annual EP The Song the Season Brings Vol. 3
    Dec 3 - theora55: Santastic7
    Dec 6 - bearwife: Carol of the Bells (Ukrainian Carol), Seattle Girls Choir; Oh Chanukah, Oh Chanukah!, Tzlil V’zemer Children’s Choir
    Dec 7 - arse_hat: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Darlene Love
    Dec 8 - Initapplette: Glory to God in the Highest, composed by Giovanni Batista Pergolesi
    Dec 11 - Initapplette:
    Dec 14 - arse_hat: Joseph, Who Understood, The New Pornographers; Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis, Neko Case
    Dec 17 - ufez:
    Dec 18 - Initapplette:
    Dec 21 - Danf: Cry of a Tiny Babe, Bruce Cockburn
    Dec 23 - bluesapphires: You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch: (1) Thurl Ravenscroft, (2) The Brian Setzer Orchestra, (3) Deanna Kirk, (4) Rockapella, (5) Rebecca Shrimpton and Eric Hotbauer
    Dec 30 - bluesapphires: O Holy Night: (1) Martina McBride, (2) Pentatonix

    Jan 1 - arse_hat: