Musical Advent Calendar, Day 1

A few years ago, my favorite columnist, Andy Ihnatko, began an annual tradition: the Musical Advent Calendar. Each day until Christmas he would feature one song and explain why he loves it. I like that idea so much that I thought I would finally steal it do it myself!

Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me

The Smithereens

The pride of Scotch Plains, NJ released a full Christmas album in 2007, and this song seemed like just the right one to kick off this calendar.

The song was originally recorded by Elvis Presley in 1957. Fifty years later, Pat DiNizio and the boys gave it a Jersy-style makeover. As they put it: "We’ve taken what we’ve learned from some of our favorite Christmas records and did our best to make these numbers our own". Yes fellas, you succeeded.