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WINTER WONDERLAND

December 2010

 

Growing up in New England, nearly all of my early Christmases were white, but good holiday music still puts me in the Christmas spirit even when it's 80 degrees outside! This collection includes a little something for everyone, from rockers Tommy Tutone ("Santa, I Got Your Number") and Dwight Twilley ("Snowman Magic") to the tropical tones of Ricky Martin ("Ay, Ay, Ay, It's Christmas") and Lucky Luck, whose version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" replaces the traditional lords-a- leaping, maids-a-milking and French hens with flowered leis, hula lessons and poi. There's even three numbers for the Republican set, including a secretly recorded phone conversation in which Richard Nixon and Nelson Rockefeller exchange holiday greetings. Guess which one of them taped it?