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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 12/24/2010

♪♫ The Christmas music mixtape: This ain't your Grandma's Jingle Bells

By Melissa Bell

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Jill Yutan's Christmas trees won the Post's craft contest. (Deb Lindsey/The Washington Post)

For the last 20 days, give or take, every time I've walked into a coffee shop, a clothing store, a commercial establishment of any kind, I've been subjected to that ear-grating tradition of the endless "Jingle Bells" played on repeat.

So, it is a Christmas miracle that my brother introduced me to a Christmas mixtape that I want to play on repeat for the next 12 months. A Los Angeles graphic designer who calls herself SparkiePop whipped up this little playlist to soothe carol-weary ears.

Her rundown:

Belle & Sebastian - Santa Claus
Elastica - I Wanna Be A King Of Orient-Ah
The Jackson 5 - Up On The House Top
The Sonics - Don't Believe In Christmas
Augie Rios - ¿Donde Esta Santa Claus?
The Magnetic Fields - Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree
The Kinks - Father Christmas
The Jackson 5 - Someday At Christmas
Blur - The Wassailing Song
Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?

Also, fair warning: there will likely be no non-Christmas posts today. It's another half day here and, well, I'm going wild with the tinsel. Sorry...

By Melissa Bell  | December 24, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
 
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