christmas music that is not christmas music

i like a nice christmas feeling but i despise christmas music. during christmastime i like to play music that feels like christmas around the house, but obviously without ever once playing a single christmas song.

anyways, i'm putting together a playlist of such music and thought it would be fun to collaborate on it for the holidays.

this is a christmas playlist with the rule **no christmas songs**, and if you aren't sure what a christmas song is then listen to _all_ of [this](https://youtu.be/dfTCObc5BuE) in one sitting before contributing.

***edit*** here is a less ambiguous rule:
the word christmas, in any language, can't be referred to in the name or the lyrics, directly or indirectly, yet even so, it gives you a christmas feeling. ***/edit***

supposedly, anyone with the following link can add to the playlist.

[let's-a go!](https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4NDTTkOXRtLFIwlcThP4f2aJVSJG8YSl&jct=xh7pWoF3--VrMz8srTpWyWI5enm4oA)

I basically only listen to it in December but I‘m a fan of what I’d call alternative Christmas music. Not the standard “deck the halls” type stuff, although that can be fun in moderation too. I have my own YouTube playlist that has at least a couple songs you might appreciate?

Not sure what exactly it means for a song to *feel* like Christmas while not still being a Christmas song, so I'd appreciate a couple examples of what counts before I start picking tracks!

come on it’s not even thanksgiving yet

Don‘t care, I’m in the mood too!!

I have been really into this piano jazz artist named Ryo Fukui for exactly this sort of thing. I have his record Scenery and it only comes out during the holiday season because it channels such a "cold day indoors with a sweater and a cup of tea" kind of vibe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrr3dp7zRQY

I'll post it here and add to the playlist too, because I'm so confident you'll agree with me. ;)

@“yeso”#p93521 i was going to wait until thanksgiving, but then i didn't.

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@“Nemoide”#p93519 Not sure what exactly it means for a song to feel like Christmas while not still being a Christmas song, so I’d appreciate a couple examples of what counts before I start picking tracks!

i added couple rules to the playlist description. instead of what feels like christmas without being a christmas song, i want you to decide what that means, and the following exclude a song:

  • - that it has the word christms (in any form and in any language) in its name
  • - that it mentions christmas in its lyrics, in any way
  • - while not forbidden, using sleigh bells as an instrument is a red flag.
  • but for an example, here's the first that pops into my head:

    https://youtu.be/qzObr-0Z-Kg

    why is this christmasy? my brain doesn't know, but my heart does.

    @“milo”#p93522 that‘s a good’un. jazz piano feels like christms for real.

    I like that you posted T-Square cause my other examples were all gonna be fusion jazz.

    For some reason, most Japanese fusion jazz has a wintery, Christmasy vibe to me.

    @“milo”#p93526 yeah, i get it, but i can't explain it.

    any Chicago IC forum users down to go Carolling with me this Advent Season? I'll go alone if I have to

    @“yeso”#p93521 I caught myself humming along to “Deck The Halls” at Walmart today and I was so ashamed.

    1) is “non-christmas christmas music” the same as “music for winter”?

    2) is christmas music in the context of the op only the commercial stuff or also the sacred stuff?

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    @“captain”#p93551 1) is “non-christmas christmas music” the same as “music for winter”?

    it could be, christmas is in winter and wintery music might put you in a christmas zone. last year i was playing ice level vgm in the house all through the week of christmas. other stuff can feel christmasy though.

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    2) is christmas music in the context of the op only the commercial stuff or also the sacred stuff?

    when i was in school i worked in fast food. the chistmas music i'm really talking about is the stuff i was forced to listen to while i worked. so, mostly the commercial stuff. as long as christmas is not mentioned directly or indirectly in the title or lyrics, it's probably 👌.

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    @“yeso”#p93534 any Chicago IC forum users down to go Carolling with me this Advent Season? I’ll go alone if I have to

    Just want to put it out there that money (in relationship to the relative-but-not-insurmountable-distance) is the only barrier to me taking you up on this

    Hmmmm, it sounds like quite the challenge to find Christmas music that doesn't reference Christmas, but I think I may be able to find a couple tracks by Xmas!

    Oh, I don't know if anyone is interested but in the meantime I so also have a [YouTube playlist of songs that I consider Thanksgiving music](https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbGLKj3D78wJhfoxVnYzb8RhILS2NNm5q). Mostly songs about food/eating or relating to being thankful. Featuring the likes of James Brown, Danny Elfman, Natalie Cole, and Gwar!

    oh god, @captain, i love tommib

    I‘m throwing on “Edge of the Edge” by Panda Bear and Sonic Boom. Definitely, not a Christmas song but has some cozy winter vibes. ( Note: The video, while awesome, absolutely disrupts and subverts those cozy vibes, so for the sake of this playlist, it’s better to listen and not watch, I think).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMNZuZe2OCY

    @“rearnakedwindow”#p93634 that's got a real christmas party vibe imho

    @“pasquinelli”#p93524 you got me bigtime into T-Square with that, you did. :santa:t2::christmas_tree::snowman_with_snow:

    @“connrrr”#p93640 fills me heart with christmas cheer, that does. (i don‘t know why i’m talking like that–probably the christmas cheer.)