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There's nothing like having family around at Christmas time. The reconnects, the laughter, the warmth, the love, the sibling rivalry, the photos, the big family meals, the one too many servings of egg nog, the inappropriate comments, the misunderstandings, the snits, the feuds, the clock watching, the diviing up of the leftovers, the opening of presents, the swap of gift receipts, the rounding up of the noisy kids, and the drive home.

Ahhh, there's no place like home for the holidays...

This album is from The Mom & Dads, a Spokane, Washington music group that specialized in Western styled dance music - polkas and waltzes mainly. I first came across this album in an impulse book I purchased last year at Barnes & Noble called "Horrifically Bad Album Covers". The author of the book is Nick DiFonzo who runs the aptly named Bizarre Records website - some real gems over there!

As soon as I saw the cover, I immediately began searching online and found a copy via eBay. The back cover is just as bad (purple vests are never in fashion) while the music (all instrumental) is oddly catchy. A few of the tracks contain the clippity-clop of horses which adds to the fun!

Stay clear of the 5:11 version of "Auld Lang Syne". It's a gas for about 1:30, then utterly and ultimately deadly.

Polka on down for yourself:

The Mom & Dads - Merry Christmas With

Happy listening...