Some people profess to hate Christmas music. But while there’s certainly no lack of terrible seasonal music assaulting our eardrums from November to January (“Christmas Shoes,” anyone?*), there are also treasures among the dross. This, the hippest version of “White Christmas” you will ever hear, is one of them. It was recorded in 1954 by the pre-Ben E. King version of the Drifters, featuring tenor Clyde McPhatter. The minimalist cartoon is pretty sweet as well.

*Do be sure to check out the link; don’t worry, it’s not the “Christmas Shoes” song itself.

Kathleen Geier

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee