Try alternative holiday music this year

Along with Christmas trees, eggnog and presents, music has been a traditional part of the holiday season. Many people feel obligated to listen to Christmas carols at this time of the year. The question is, however, is this really what you want to hear?

Seasonal favorites like “White Christmas” and “Jingle Bell Rock” may be nice, but after a while they can become repetitive and annoying. This year, you may want to consider some alternative holiday music.

Green Day’s International Superhits! does exactly what any standard Christmas CD would do. It offers hope, insight, and 21 songs you will never get tired of hearing.

On “Hitchin’ A Ride,” sarcastic lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong adds a touch of humor when he asks a stranger, “Are you in a hurry?/ I need a lift to happy hour.” This is sound advice for relieving a little holiday stress.

The album is uplifting even when it deals with the serious themes of death (“J.A.R.”), drug use (“Geek Stink Breath”) and poverty (“Welcome To Paradise”). That said, Green Day does not take itself too seriously and International Superhits! is a great way to get you through the holidays.

Cross Road by Bon Jovi is another option for nontraditional Christmas music.

One appeal of Christmas carols is that everyone knows the words and can sing along. The same could be said for many of Bon Jovi’s songs.

Cross Road features 14 of the group’s biggest hits, including “Keep The Faith,” “Wanted Dead Or Alive” and “I’ll Be There For You.”

Instead of walking around the neighborhood and singing the predictable “Jingle Bells,” maybe carolers should try “You Give Love A Bad Name” for something a little different this year.

While Green Day and Bon Jovi aren’t known for their Christmas classics, they are fun nonetheless. So when the sound of “The Little Drummer Boy” becomes unbearable, don’t be afraid to try something new this season. After a little eggnog, you won’t be able to tell the difference anyway.

Happy holidays.

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