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’Tis the season for streaming holiday music from hoopla

Posted on December 2, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley

It’s a contentious and potentially divisive subject: When does the Christmas and holiday music season start? Is it okay to play holiday music before Thanksgiving? Before Halloween? In July!?

Personally, I find that my preference for holiday music depends upon the year. Sometimes I am fully ready to dive in as soon as November starts. Other years, I wait until well after Thanksgiving. This year, I was ready for good cheer and to put up lights, bake, and start listening to my favorite holiday songs very early.

Now that December is here, there’s no reason to hesitate! You can stream holiday music, day and night, through the library’s digital resource hoopla.

To access hoopla, just create an account at Then select Spokane County Library District as your library and enter your library card to borrow popular movies, music, audiobooks, eBooks, comics, and television shows that stream instantly to your computer or mobile devices. And returns are automatic.

Here’s my holiday music playlist on hoopla:

A Christmas Together by John Denver & The Muppets

Their version of “The 12 Days of Christmas” is definitive.

A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio

The Charlie Brown animated specials have been perennial favorites in our household.

Merry Christmas II You by Mariah Carey

Play it, and try not to dance. I dare you.

Bing Crosby – Christmas Classics by Bing Crosby

If this album is not on your holiday playlist, are you even from Spokane?

Christmas Portrait by The Carpenters

Mellow out with songs like “Merry Christmas, Darling.”

Warmer in Winter by Lindsey Stirling

Her violin instrumentals soar from classical to pop, from rock to electronic dance music.

A Fabulous Christmas by John Barrowman

This is for fans of “Torchwood” and “Doctor Who” and lush Broadway production styles.

Building a Christmas to Remember by The Singing Contractors

Bearded men in flannel with tool belts deliver homespun harmonies with plenty of cheese.

Home for the Holidays by Darius Rucker

The former front man of Hootie and the Blowfish has a holiday album. You’re welcome.

Llegó Navidad by Los Lobos

This 2019 release of Christmas music includes songs from Central America and South America, as well as an original song. Honestly, they just get better and better.

If these aren’t your holiday groove, I guarantee you’ll find even more choices once you start to explore. Whatever your holiday mood, hoopla has something to stream for everyone.

Gwendolyn Haley

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