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Songs of the Season: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Now it’s the most wonderful time of the year…

A (relatively) modern addition to the Christmas canon, written in 1963 and popularized by Andy Williams on his Christmas Album, released that year. Another popular version – and my favorite – was recorded by Johnny Mathis for Christmas Eve with Johnny Mathis (1986). Here’s Mathis performing (lip-syncing) it on a TV show from 1993:

For me, it’s a bit too poppy and fast-paced to really be a classic, to really have that Christmas feel, but while it wouldn’t be what I’d want for decorating the tree or sipping egg nog around the fire, it’s fine for a song to get you in the mood for present shopping – or that office party you don’t really want to go to. And I do have a soft spot for Johnny Mathis doing Christmas tunes. Here are a couple of other versions:

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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