There comes a time during every holiday season where you break. Unlike Mean Girls, the limit for listening to Bing Crosby sing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" exists and eventually you'll snap. (Best you do it alone and away from the decorations.)
So save yourself from yourself by expanding your holiday horizons. You could either train Pandora's Christmas radio to play songs other than the classics—a time-consuming endeavor, but one that's worth it. (I did it this year, and it's paid off) Or, you can hit play on the following 10 non-traditional holiday albums. They put the "merry" and "bright" in "may your days be merry and bright." Just don't forget that Sufjan Stevens' Songs For Christmas is the best holiday album, ever. For a delightfully absurd holiday time, turn up to that. For others... well, see for yourself.
For a melancholy time spent daydreaming you're in an Urban Outfitters fantasy, listen to... This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday, Vol. 1.
For a sad indie moment, listen to... The Hotel Café presents... Winter Songs.
For a celebration of independent women and a holiday that's jumpin', jumpin', get you an album that can do both and listen to... Destiny's Child's 8 Days of Christmas.
For a good holiday turn-up time, listen to... Cee Lo Green's Cee Lo's Magic Moment.
For an alternative time spent in your New Order band tee and a fuzzy reindeer antler headband, listen to... New Wave Xmas: Just Can't Get Enough.
For a lit holiday, listen to... Jacob Miller & Inner Circle's Natty Christmas. Don't knock it until you try it.
For a holiday spent wondering why the world just doesn't go the way you want it to and why you're even here, listen to... Weezer's Christmas with Weezer.
For a good, well-rounded time that spans from wintry pop-punk angst to jazzy ballads, listen to... Gift Wrapped. There's a gift for everyone here.
For a straight-up emo time, listen to... The Maine's ...& A Happy New Year.
For a spiritual time basking in the greatness and wonderment of Brandon Flowers, listen to... The Killers' (Red) Christmas EP.