By Mandi Bierly
Updated November 08, 2007 at 09:12 PM EST
Credit: Serge Thomann/

What are your must-hear holiday tracks, and how soon will you start listening to them? Here’s why I’m asking: I already am.

Normally, I would hate me, too. Until this year, I’d always been a day-after-Thanksgiving girl. I’d be home in Happy Valley visiting my family, and that’s when my mother would break out Aaron Neville’s Soulful Christmas, I’d try again to steal her copy of Elvis’ If Every Day was Like Christmas (because “Santa Claus is Back in Town” is the sexiest Christmas song ever), and my sister would pretend that she wasn’t happy to hear the return of Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics. (Am I the only one who’s touched by the South Park boys’ rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”?)

But this year, Josh Groban (pictured) had to go and release his album Noel in October, which meant I had to snag it off the office giveaway table for my mother. I don’t know about you, but I’m powerless to resist any version of “Ave Maria” because of a compulsive need I have to rank it. (Much like “O Holy Night,” which, by the way, Celine Dion sings the holy bejesus out of). Ever since I broke the Noel seal, I’ve been pausing on the Traditional Holiday Music channel on my television when I’m working the high end of the dial, and sitting through some Kenny Loggins/Olivia Newton-John duet in hopes of hearing some old dreamy version of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” (The last two holidays were less than ideal for me, so that’s why I’m especially vulnerable this year.)

So, now that I’ve cruelly snapped some of you into the holiday spirit — still resisting? maybe the “All I Want for Christmas is You” scene from Love Actually will help — tell me what songs you can’t wait to hear.

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