In 2018, I decided to make the podcast I wanted to see in the world. It’s called Deck the Pod, and as you can probably infer from the name, it’s a podcast about Christmas music. As a devoted fan of Christmas music — even though I wasn’t raised Christian and am ethnically Jewish — I’ve observed that Christmas music rouses strong feelings from people. You either love it, or hate it.
If you love it, you start listening to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” way before it’s showing signs of snow, and if you hate it, you dread going to Rite Aid for fear of hearing Michael Bublé’s voice crooning a Christmas standard. I fall into the former category, but even among Xmas music fans, not all are alike. There are those who love pop holiday songs and rap covers and the purists who refuse to listen to seasonal songs by anyone but Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.