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The Second Best Christmas Song Ever – Steve Shook & The Elftones at the Christmas Cavalcade

ORLEANS – We have a new second favorite Christmas song of all time, after “Jingle Bells,” or “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” or something else. Actually, we have one million potential favorite Christmas songs of all time.

This song by Steve Shook and the Elftones is definitely our second favorite Christmas song of all time. And it’s not even close. This song is that good.

Of the exactly one million Christmas songs in contention for the best Christmas song ever – as awarded by Cape Cod Wave – only one is our favorite Christmas song of all time. We’re not telling which one.

But this song, “This is no time for fun (this is Christmas),” by Steve Shook & the Elftones, as performed at the Cavalcade for the Homeless at the Jailhouse Tavern on Sunday, is now our second favorite Christmas song ever.

Plus, it features the greatest backup group of singers since The Pips – The Elftones. All other Christmas songs, other than our secret number 1, are not worthy of being in the same sentence as this bouncy ode to Here we go again by Steve Shook & The Elftones.

When we heard this song, we were entranced. A Top Two song on any list has gravitas, as you know.

Just as “White Christmas” captured the zeitgeist of a super familiar yet utterly fictional time in America, this fun song captures the stress-essence of why this is no time for fun, this is Christmas!


(The Christmas Cavalcade raises money for the NOAH homeless shelter. Please donate to the NOAH Shelter here.)

STORY & SLIDESHOW – Cavalcade – Jolly Humbug Christmas

Other VIDEOS from this year’s Cavalcade

Fred Boak sings “Toyland”

Sarah Swain Twinkles at the Cavalcade

Chandler Travis Philharmonic – “Yes, Yes, Mais Oui Noelle”


From last year’s Cavalcade:

“A Christmas Cavalcade of Musical Goodwill” with a  slideshow.

Also, videos:

Rikki Bates sings “Blue Christmas”

The Rip-It-Ups perform, “Walking In A Winter Wonderland”

Zoe Lewis sings, “Peking Duck For Christmas”

Playwright Gip Hoppe’s humorous version of The Christmas Story, much of which takes place at a Wal-Mart.


If you liked all of that, you really are interested in the Cape Cod music scene! So check Cape Cod Music And The Joy Of Being Originally Alive, a Cape Cod Wave long-form story.


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— Brian Tarcy


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Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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