Holiday Playlist, Track Six

Coastal Book Gal

Some of you may be wondering how we get into the holiday spirit on the Central Coast, considering that we lack the built-in cultural signifiers (read: snow) present in other places. It’s simple: we’ve learned to embrace the incongruity of a warm(ish) Christmas. The nearby city of Capitola heralds the season each year with the arrival of Surfin’ Santa on his outrigger canoe, for instance. Then there are songs such as “A Surfer’s Christmas List,” released in 1963 by the Surfaris of “Wipe Out” fame. (Sure, the Surfaris hail from Glendora in SoCal, but the tune is still appropriate…)

I first heard “A Surfer’s Christmas List” on the very first mix tape I received; I must have been 17. My brother’s high school buddy Marta was in town for a visit, and she gave me a Christmas tape (yes, an actual cassette!) entitled Ho There!  There were highlights strewn…

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