Departing from the TV/movie theme, here are a few more customarily neglected items to enhance any holiday celebration.
“Christmas All Over Again” - Some have told me that they rarely hear this should-be holiday staple. Others claim to hear it frequently if not constantly throughout the season. Since I’ve yet to hear it in a shopping mall, grocery store, or on an all-Christmas radio station, I’ll side with the former and say this is a neglected classic that needs to be rescued from the moth balls to which it has been tragically consigned. And unlike Springsteen, who insists on micromanaging the Christmas lists for his bandmates (Did Clarence really want a new saxophone? Don’t you think he could use a new tambourine one of these years?), Petty goes for the guts and asks Santa for a Rickenbacker all his own. Heck, I even played this song once (even though it was not entirely of my own accord).
cherry candy canes - While the traditional peppermint version has swirled through the spotlight for years, its less appreciated cherry cousin has become the secret weapon of the cane-shaped candy world. Candy canes are now available in any number of flavors and colors, from Spree and Jolly Rancher fruit flavors to the dodgy Chocolate Mint canes foisted upon us by Hershey’s lo all these years. Cherry are still the best (though they can be overwhelming and do not tend to have the durability of good old peppermint).
“Christmas Time (Is Here Again)” - From 1963 through 1969, The Beatles issued Christmas messages on flexidisc to Beatles fan club members. This lost Beatles classic is a heavily edited version of the 1967 edition and was included on the “Free As A Bird” CD single issued in 1995. Of the rest of The Beatles’ canon, this “song” most closely resembles “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number),” except far less annoying. Yes, Ringo: o-u-t does spell “out”.