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The holiday season - the most dangerous time of year for music fans, when radio stations go on 24/7 Rudolph rotation, and malls and department stores flood your ears with saccharine yuletide melodies. It's enough to squash whatever holiday good cheer you may have had left in your system. But, fear not! You can combat the onslaught of overly merry tunes with these fun, alternative holiday songs: "Merry Something to You" by DEVO: Cynical and dripping with sarcasm, this tune is also hilarious and bouncy without being syrupy. It should be the anthem of those weary from all the merriness.

"Patrick Swayze Christmas" by Joel, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot: Silly, absurd and whole lot of fun, this little ditty by the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew is the perfect antidote for the cloying sincerity of overplayed Holiday tunes about roasting chestnuts and drum playing brats (because really, there's nothing more grating than a kid with a drum set).

"Light the Sky on Fire" by Jefferson Starship: Possibly the only redeeming element of the legendary embarrassment known as "The Star Wars Holiday Special" is the surreal performance by Jefferson Starship. Despite the weird Wookie Life Day-inspired lyrics, this is a pretty bangin' song. It's also the perfect lead in for...

"What Can You Get a Wookie for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb)?" from the Christmas in the Stars album: The title really says it all. From the Star Wars Christmas album, which tells the story of toy making Droids, this is a delightful and silly holiday tune that really should be played in more toys stores this time of year.

"How Do You Spell Channukkahh?" by The LeeVees: Propelled by clever lyrics and searing guitar riffs, this song asks the perennial question that make retailers and greeting card writers break out in a cold sweat: just how DO you spell the holiday also known as the Festival of Lights? While there may not be a definitive answer any time soon, you certainly can pump your fist as you spin the dreidel to this rockin' tune.

"A John Waters Christmas" by John Waters: Yes, THAT John Waters. The King of Bad Taste released this compilation album of bizarre, kitschy covers of some traditional Holiday songs by some decidedly untraditional musicians. Your holidays won't be complete without experiencing Tiny Tim's interpretation of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer." This is truly the Holiday album that only John Waters could produce. So, throw a Santa hat on your Pink Flamingo, don your gayest apparel, and indulge in this slice of tacky nirvana.

Do you have any alternative Holiday favorites? I'd love to give them a listen.

[author] [author_image timthumb='on']#[/author_image] [author_info]Rob is a Freelance Copywriter at House Party. His earliest childhood aspiration was to be a conductor for the Boston Pops but those dreams were crushed when he learned he had no musical talent. So, he turned to writing and became a journalist, where met some really amazing people, and won four New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists awards.In his spare time, he's a nerd. Or a geek. Take your pick. He likes to cook, watch movies, and put together needlessly elaborate costumes for New York Comic Con. He also likes the color green, Four Roses Bourbon, and "Doctor Who". Rob's party tip: When it comes to parties, it's not about how many people you invite, but who you invite. A small group of fun, like-minded people can be a blast![/author_info] [/author]

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