When I was much much MUCH younger, it seemed to take forever between Christmases. Now that I am older, MUCH older, my countdown to Christmas is much shorter and goes like this, based primarily on Target's retail focus:
February - Valentine's Day
May - School's Out/Summertime
August - Back To School
October - Halloween
Day After Halloween - CHRISTMAS!
Another way I've been enjoying counting down to Christmas since 2011 (when Spotify came ashore here in the States) is piling all the newly released or re-released Christmas songs and albums I can find into one big playlist which I have generally started listening to on the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year, your boy HERC got sick the day after getting his flu shot a few days before Turkey Day and stayed that way for just over two weeks - first a sinus infection, then a painfully sore throat - pushing all my Xmas plans back cause when I'm sick, I sleep and I watch TV. That's it. But now that I'm feeling better oh so much better, we got the house decorated, the shopping done and I am ready to listen to some Holiday music.
A few of my friends have mentioned playing WHAMAGEDDON this year and it sounds fun but I've yet to play along. Until now. Firing up iheartchristmas, Satan's (not a typo) unofficial Xmas Music station, at 1AM on a warm Wednesday evening, here's what I heard:
and I'm out not even five minutes in as those familiar opening notes begin...
Here are four 2017 covers of "Last Christmas" plus one I missed from 2016:
Listen to 3 song playlist (no E-girls) on YouTube
Listen to all four songs on Spotify