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    By Daniel Margolis

    If you hate Christmas music, we understand why. Every year around Thanksgiving (and the starting point keeps getting earlier and earlier), the same 100 or so songs take over every store, school, coffee shop, lobby, waiting room, and everywhere else people congregate. It’s inescapable – to where the idea of voluntarily listening to Christmas music seems insane to some. But there is cool Christmas music; it’s just off the beaten path or subversive enough that it hasn’t taken hold in popular culture at large. So here we present Christmas music worth seeking out rather than studiously avoiding.