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Songs of the Season: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I don’t know if it is “beginning to look a lot like Christmas” where you are—or even what exactly that might mean for you. In Australia, Christmas is in mid-summer. In San Francisco, we almost never get snow—and when we do it’s a dusting that is gone in a moment—so a “white Christmas” is always out of the question. There are still the lights, though —in the windows of houses, in shops, and in public spaces—gift wrapping the buildings of Embarcadero Center or strung in trees and across streets. And there’s the early darkness, and the crisp twinkle that the cold night air gives to things…

Since it is finally December, though, it is at least beginning to look like Christmas on our calendars, and so I thought of this song… Another of the more modern staples of the Christmas season – and even though it is a fairly recent version, not dating from my childhood, again it’s the Johnny Mathis version of which I am particularly fond. I just love his voice, like aural egg nog.

Johnny Mathis, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”—from Johnny Mathis Gold: A 50th Anniversary Christmas Celebration

Mathis included it on his 1986 album, Christmas Eve with Johnny Mathis, and it subsequently featured in Home Alone 2: Lost in New Yorkthe one where Kevin ends up alone in a hotel at Christmas time. The other obvious version is

Bing Crosby, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”—from White Christmas

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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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