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Hi folks. I've got some fairly lengthy thoughts about Christmas music I'm planning on subjecting you to eventually, but this post is going to be a little more targeted.

Here's the thing. Amazon's currently unloading a crap load of holiday cheer dirt cheap. I don't expect these prices to last past the end of the month, so I wanted to draw your attention to a handful of Christmas MP3 albums that are actually worth listening to before the prices go back to normal in a few days.

Full disclosure: This site is an Amazon affiliate, so, yeah, if you use the links below and proceed to buy something, Amazon gives us a 2 cent kickback or something. Woo - conflict of interest. However, believe it or not, I'm NOT writing this post in the hopes of generating enough revenue to buy a pack of Smartees. No, I'm doing this because I truly believe that Christmas music spreads pain, and I'm a horrible, horrible person. 

Without further ado, here are seven albums that are getting us through the holidays this year, all five bucks a piece:

Nightmare Before Christmas Special Edition: In addition to the movie soundtrack, this has a number of alternate and new recordings. You're getting 29 tracks in all: highly recommended for fans of the movie.

The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs: This is a really cool little collection of Christmas songs done by various artists. There are a few weak tracks, but several of the songs are becoming favorites. At the very least, listen to the sample of Meiko's "Maybe Next Year I'll be Good."

The Jethro Tull Christmas Album: My single favorite Christmas album, period.

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones: Jingle All the Way: I just picked this up this year, and I'm loving it. This has some extremely original takes on classic Christmas songs.

Merry Christmas From Sesame Street: The real deal - the classic 1975 Sesame Street Christmas album. You know you need it.

Melissa Etheridge: A New Thought For Christmas: Another one I recently bought and am loving.

Straight No Chaser: Holiday Spirits: Lindsay would be pissed if I omitted this a cappella album. She adores it; I like it.

In addition, if you're looking to beef up your collection of classic Christmas music, Amazon's currently unloading an album containing 100 Classic Christmas Songs for $5.99. I won't swear to the quality of every one of those songs, but at six cents a track, it's a hell of a deal.