Yup, it's getting to be that time of year. Here are some of my favorite holiday tunes: "I Believe in Father Christmas" by Emerson, Lake & Palmer - a nice little tale of a man's disillusionment with the yule tide season. Not exactly the most uplifting song ever recorded, but I love the final line - "Halleujah, Noel, be it heaven or hell, the Christmas we get, we deserve." "Sleigh Ride" as performed by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops - a classic, plain and simple. I find the music so much more enjoyable without the lyrics. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" as performed by Bing Crosby - old-fashioned, yes, but I like it. "Holly Jolly Christmas" by Burl Ives - ditto. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" as performed by Bob and Doug McKenzie - the ONLY recording of this song worth listening to. "And a beer... in a tree!" "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses - pretty much sums up how I feel every year. "Snoopy's Christmas" by The Royal Guardsmen - yeah okay, so I never totally grew up. Sue me. Some that I can't STAND: "Hard Candy Christmas" by Dolly Parton - just plain God-awful. How anyone in their right mind could have heard this and said, "This will make a great record" is beyond me. "Winter Wonderland" as performed by Eurythmics - I hate this recording of the song so much that for a time I couldn't stand to listen to it done by anyone. Plus the radio station my dad works at (and thus was usually the station we listened to at my house) played the damn thing 80 times a day around Christmas when I was a kid. Hideous. "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" - I can't stand this song period, whether by Bruce Springsteen, the Ronettes, or anyone. It sucks. "Run Run Rudolph" by Chuck Berry - another one that my dad's radio station played incessantly when I was a kid, for reasons known only to the DJs and Satan. "Santa Baby" - Yuck. Another one that's terrible no matter who sings it. Discuss.