The weird, wonderful world of Spotify's many Christmas playlists


An Ode to... is a weekly column where we share the stuff we're really into in hopes that you'll be really into it, too. It's the most wonderful time of the year, and, if you're like me, a time to bathe in the cascade of Christmas songs, Grinches and Scrooges be damned. For a solid month between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, it is wall-to-wall Christmas music, flooding out of every speaker, radio, and PA system you come across. This may sound like hell to some people but, reader, those people are wrong. Making things even more fun, streaming platforms have revolutionized the way we can consume Christmas music: no ads, access to just about every possible version of every possible Christmas song, and, most importantly, the curated playlist.

Police Say Suspicious Package at Frankfurt Christmas Market Harmless

U.S. News

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A suspicious package that prompted an evacuation of a Christmas market in Frankfurt has turned out to be harmless, the city's police said on Twitter.

Rome's Mangy Christmas Tree to Be Carved up Into Souvenirs

U.S. News

In giving the downtrodden tree a new life, Rome's cabinet moved to close an embarrassing chapter in which the holiday decoration came to symbolize the city's degradation and dysfunction under its 5-Star mayor, Virginia Raggi, and the years of neglect and corruption before her.

In pictures: World celebrates Christmas

BBC News

Services are being held around the world as Christians mark the birth of Christ. Here is our selection of some of the best images so far. All photographs belong to the copyright holders as marked.

Putin joins Orthodox Christmas Mass

BBC News

The presidents of Russia and Egypt joined worshippers during celebrations of Christmas in the Orthodox Church.