I'm a sucker for holiday music—any and all holiday music: the cheesy stuff; the annoyingly happy stuff; the sad, thoughtful stuff; even the "I hate Christmas and I hate you" stuff. And, thankfully, there are a lot of local artists who also appear to love the holidays and all the jingle-bell-ridden music that goes along with them. In fact, some of my annual favorites come from right here in the Pacific Northwest.

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A couple of the greatest holiday songs, despite how you feel about holiday music in general, come from the good ol' Murder City Devils—their "Dead by Christmas" and "364 Days" are so great that I actually listen to them year-round. While "Dead by Christmas" is a punk-rock romp about, well, dying before Christmas and giving away all your shit, "364 Days" is more somber—a drunken love letter to a lonely Santa Claus.

Harvey Danger also take the lonely, not-completely-sober approach with "Sometimes You Have to Work on Christmas (Sometimes)," which tells the story of a sad sap stuck working at "a repertory movie house" on December 25, with only snow and vodka to keep him warm.

Super Deluxe's "All I Wanted Was a Skateboard" is a bratty anthem about getting socks instead of a skateboard, while Death Cab for Cutie have a more downtrodden version of one of my all-time favorites, "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" by Darlene Love. Last year, Rosie Thomas celebrated the holidays on her Christmas record, which includes what is perhaps the happiest and most infectious Christmas tune to date: "Why Can't It Be Christmastime All Year." And if Christmas isn't your bag, Schoolyard Heroes represent Hanukkah with the blistering "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel!"

There's more—a lot more. In fact, I have a whole CD's worth, and the first 15 people to e-mail me at megan@thestranger.com with their mailing address (by December 18) will get a copy of this mix, along with a few other holiday goodies (namely candy, because candy is delicious). Happy holidays!

Recommended All-Ages Shows

Fri Dec 11: Benefit for the Vera Project: Altin Jimbiz, Hi-Fi Reset, Natalie Wouldn't at Studio Seven, 7 pm, $12 adv/$15 DOS.

Fri Dec 11: 3 Inches of Blood, Heiress, Red Fang, H.M.P. at El Corazón, 8 pm, $15.

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Sat Dec 12: Swap It. Spin It. Bring It. Screen It. (DIY craft fair): the Foghorns, 1985 at the Vera Project, 11 am–5 pm, free.

Tues Dec 15: Deck the Hall Ball: Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars, Metric, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend at WaMu Theater, 5 pm, $44.50 adv/$49.50 DOS.