A downloadable mix of Christmas music to add some wonder to your holiday; also, holiday drums and the Royal Sonesta lights its balconies tonight.

Screen grab from SCTV's "The Great White North"

Yesterday, I explained away much of the hostility some have for Christmas music in 10 paragraphs or less (though I respect the stance of Erin McKeown, who recorded the excellent F*ck That, her album of anti-Christmas songs). I'm pro-Christmas music in most of its incarnations. I want it nostalgic, ironic, sincere, cynical, beautiful, shabby, contemporary, antique and all points in-between because they all touch in one way or another on some aspect of the holiday. With that in mind, here's a downloadable Christmas mixtape, an hour and a half that I hope illustrates why and how I love Christmas music. My favorite find in this mix is "Santa Claus Hides in the Phonograph," a track recorded on a wax cylinder by Ernest Hare when the idea of sounds and voices coming out of a machine was a miracle. 

1. The Three Stooges

2. Rudolph's Trumpet - People Like Us

3. Christmas Chopsticks - The Mike Sammes Singers

4. Christmas Love - Rotary Connection

5. Christmas Day - Detroit Junior

6. Promenade en Traineau - Herman Apple

7. Christmas with the Superfools - The Superfools

8. Every Christmas We Know - Lois Lynn

9. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Lew Charles and the NBC Pipe Organ

10. Santa Will Find You - Mindy Smith

11. Party This Christmas - Rockin' Sidney

12. Joy to the World - The Roller Disco Orchestra

13. The Mistletoe Kiss - Margaret Whiting

14. Drummer Boy Phonic - Gypsyphonic Disko

15. Groovy Christmas and a Happy New Year - Pee Pee Dynamite

16. Santa's Factoree - Line Material Co.

17. Deck the Kremlin - Doctor Octoroc

18. Santa Claus is Comin' to Town - Andre Kostelanetz

19. Escuchad Los Angeles Canta - Waldo de los Rios

20. O Tannenbaum - 11 Acorn Lane

21. Space Age Santa Claus - Gus De Wert Trio

22. Senor Santa - Y La Bamba

23. Tis the Season - Dam-Funk

24. Santa Claus Hides in the Phonograph - Ernest Hare

25. Hark the Herald Angels Sing - Mistletoe Disco Band

26. Santa's Got a Bag of Soul - The Soul Saints Orchestra

27. Love for Christmas - The Gems

28. Christmas Time is Here Again - The Flirtations

29. Donde Esta Santa Claus - Toni Stante

30. Away in a Manger - Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra

31. Ain't No Chimneys in the Ghetto - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

32. Soul Christmas - Count Sidney and His Dukes

33. We Three Kings - The Gaylads

34. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Machine Man Band

35. Christmas Tree - Lady GaGa

36. The Great White North

Thanks to those out there who are in the process of digitizing Christmas Past. This year's framing sound bites come from Check the Cool Wax

In other Christmas news, tonight Tonight at 6 p.m., The Royal Sonesta will light its balconies in a "Motown Christmas" with live music, tours, Saintsations and more. And at Tulane's Dixon Hall, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South presents "Rump-a-pum-pum: A Holiday Drum Summit" featuring Shannon Powell, Johnny Vidacovich, pianist Larry Sieberth and Cuban percussionist Alexey Marti. They'll filter sounds of the holiday through the musical traditions of New Orleans and Cuba, and the show is free.