The only Christmas music guide you’ll need

Sure, there are about a million Christmas songs, but what are the ones you should go out of your way to listen to?

My blog buddy Renata of Buffalo Sauce Everywhere and the Overrated/Underrated podcast have you covered.

We had been kicking around the idea of doing a joint blog entry for a while, and since it’s the Christmas season, we decided to join forces to share with you, our readers, the very best Christmas music.

The 10 songs below, five from her and five from me, are ones you should rejoice in when you hear them between now and Dec. 25.

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Having, and getting, a ball

Given that minor league baseball has been in the news lately — I’m a Yankees fan, but they’d better not mess with the Lowell Spinners — plus the wintry mix we’ve had around here lately, I figured I’d pull out this one from May 8, 2016.

It was a harmless foul ball into the left field corner of Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, where I was watching the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Reading Fightin’ Phils.

The left fielder picked up the ball, tossing it aimlessly in the general direction of third base. The ball stopped next to the tarp, about 30 feet from where I was sitting, and the umpire picked it up.

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Bam-booze-led by a gift

I’ve been to two Yankee Swap parties in my life.

The first was a work party several years ago. I had an early number, grabbed the gift I wanted — a hot chocolate set and mugs — and then watched everyone do what I knew they would do, which was spend the rest of the party swapping the booze among themselves.

There may have also been one other gift that was passed around a lot.

And that was fine with me, since I don’t drink.

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The week gone by — Dec. 15

Sasha got a cat bed a few weeks ago.

Suzi’s parents had an extra one, so they washed it and gave it to us.

At first, she didn’t want much to do with it, but then Suzi moved it to our TV room, and soon she spent 48 hours in it, basically only coming out to eat.

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To anyone getting a Christmas gift from me, I apologize

I’m the worst gift-wrapper in the world, and I brook no arguments.

However, being a guy with fumble fingers and inability to operate tape, scissors and paper to create some sort of coherent result is usually something I have a laugh at.

Until I don’t.

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Festive Falmouth at Christmas

Falmouth, Massachusetts, is not the easiest place in the world to get to.

It’s neither especially close to the main highway on Cape Cod nor either of the bridges that run across the Cape Cod Canal, so there’s no convenient route from on or off the Cape.

But it’s a really nice town once you get there.

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Having to learn to write again

Originally posted Dec. 18, 2016. We haven’t done this year’s cards yet, but pretty soon.

I write, as in write things by hand, very little. Most of what I do at work and at home is typing, and when I do write by hand, it’s kind of a hybrid where I don’t write in cursive but connect my letters like I do.

It’s kind of lazy, actually.

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