25 Christmas Things: Thing 15 – Bruce Springsteen’s Santa Claus is Coming to Town

There are few things better than Bruce Springsteen’s banter early in this live version of the classic Christmas song. The ultimate New Jersey-an, he begins with setting the scene, “It’s all cold down along the beach, the wind’s whipping down the boardwalk.” It’s not the typical “White Christmas” snow in the air type stuff. No, Bruce turns the classic into his own thing. He later asks if the band has been good and practicing “real hard.” He’s embracing his moniker right before ripping into a truly great cover. He’s The Boss indeed, maybe even a jolly one with a bowl full of jelly. The rest of the song proceeds as you’d expect. It’s half Christmas, half Bruce, and all awesome.

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