Mannheim Steamroller, an electronic Christmas

Here is Mannheim Steamroller playing “Pat A Pan” from its 1995 album, “Christmas in the Aire.” This was the third Christmas album released by the group. You might be surprised to learn that while it’s best known for the Christmas albums, there have been 22 or 23 other CDs as well. In fact, there were five albums released before the first Christmas album came out in 1984.

For all the snowy sufferers on the Mainland

Here’s Slim Whitman singing “White Christmas” from his 1980 album “Christmas with Slim Whitman”.

Whitman’s career lasted from the late 1940s to the mid-1990s. He toured almost continuously through the 1990s and he released his last album in 2010 at the age of 87. He was more famous in the UK than in his home country, but he had several bursts of fame in the US, first through direct television marketing in the 1980s and again when his music was featured in films like “Mars Attacks!” The 1996 film features Whitman’s rendition of “Indian Love Call” as a weapon against alien invaders.

Christmas music is about to take over this blog

Be forewarned! On December 1 I will begin my annual 3+ weeks of finding Christmas songs by old artists and new and posting them here. Never fear, though; I expect to be provoked by our President-elect nearly daily, and I’ll have a go at him pretty often too.

Billboard has a fine summation of new albums from all manner of artists, from Pentatonix to Kacey Musgraves to Amy Grant to Jennifer Nettles to Neil Diamond to Frankie Valli to Loretta Lynn to Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, whose marriage now lends itself to duets, apparently.

While you’re waiting for my selections, look at these:

The 25 Best Christmas Songs Ever

The 25 Best Alternative Christmas Songs Ever