The New Christmas Canon: “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” has grown from novelty song to holiday standard

In The New Christmas Canon, The A.V. Club looks beyond Rudolph’s nose and Zuzu’s petals to highlight entertainment from the ’90s, ’00s, and ’10s that has become a seasonal staple—or deserves to.

You don’t have to know how to play piano to have fun with a Casio keyboard, a fact that seemed especially true in the 1990s. This was the era when it appeared that every boy and girl in the United States received some variation of the instrument for Christmas, each one dotted with purple and green buttons that emitted a variety of stock beats when pressed. (Does anyone else remember the especially porny-sounding instrumental of “The House Of The Rising Sun”?) Even the most musically inept kid on the block could cobble together a composition that, if not technically impressive, was at least entertaining. If they were feeling especially adventurous, they might even …

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