The process of crafting a holiday music playlist can be perilous. For decades, the act of entertaining a mixed group of adults and children during the holiday season was as simple as dusting off an old LP of A Charlie Brown Christmas, turning on your preferred local holiday radio station, or grabbing a handy mix CD of yuletide favorites. The introduction of streaming music platforms, which promise a super-sized back catalog of choices, puts more pressure on the Santa-hat-sporting DJ to deliver an enjoyable, eclectic list of jams. You don't want to give your friends and family the musical equivalent of an ugly Christmas sweater.
Sure, companies like Spotify want to help you out by offering up all sorts of "official" holiday playlists, ranging across genres and time periods, but selecting one of those pre-packaged ones is like bringing store-bought cookies instead of baking your own. It's a tacky move. People will be able to tell. They'll talk. What's the best way to stop that gossip before it starts? Build your own playlist to show it comes from the heart.
Below, I've constructed a playlist along with some instructions for creating your own. I'm not saying this is a perfect Christmas playlist -- as anyone who was sent a fruitcake this year can attest, there's no accounting for taste -- but it does have "Dipset X-mas Time" on it and it doesn't include Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime." So, obviously, it's great! Yours will likely be very different. But that's the beauty of the holiday season.