Christmas will be here in another 2 weeks. No longer is Christmas special for me. I was brought up to enjoy Christmas as a time to receive gifts, send greeting cards, decorate Christmas tree. I even participated in caroling for my school choir. Christmas was the most eventful public holiday after Lunar New Year, even though I am not religiously affiliated.

Now, Christmas is just another holiday. No more greeting cards, no more wishing for gifts, no more shopping and gift-wrapping (save for a few special loved ones). It’s kindda sad to realise that Christmas has lost its magic to me, as if Peter Pan lost his childhood. The only reason why it meant something more is because my birthday was just next to Christmas.

On another note, I’d like to recommend these unconventional Christmas album favourites that entertained me for the past decade:

Jingle Cats – A Meowy Christmas
Imagine a group of real cats singing carols. I discovered this album in Taipei 1995 and was amused by the novelty. A few years later though, I came to realise that the ‘singing’ cats were easily manipulated by audio samples The trick, however, is that each real cat is assigned with a pitch, so for each tone, a different cat voice is heard. It never fails to put a smile on my face when I listen to it.

South Park: Mr. Hanky’s Christmas Classics
How many vulgar albums can you think of t hat is related to a festive season? None, except for this one. It was absolutely ingenious for the makers of South Park to create a cartoon episode in MTV style followed by the sales of the soundtrack. Uncouth as it seems, there are also comedic numbers (Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel) as well as touching renditions (Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas). If you are still interested, Amazon is selling it.


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