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    Those of you who celebrate Christmas – or simply work in an office with one or two coworkers perpetually drunk on holiday cheer – have probably heard of “Secret Santa” (or “Secret Snowman” if your office maintains a culturally diverse workforce).

    Well, we here at Volume One are no exception. We began our own Secret Santa Experiment a few days ago. While we were drawing names and discussing some ground rules, one coworker (obviously infused with holiday spirit) declared, “OK, I ain’t MAKING you guys anything.”

    Which reminded me that almost everyone I’ve ever met, outside of a few über-jolly relatives, absolutely hates “homemade Christmas.” Why is this? Are people too lazy to conceive and create a suitable gift? Is it a Midwestern thing? Are we making ourselves too vulnerable by bestowing upon friends and family an intimate part of ourselves, exposing our creative talents or lack thereof?

    Usually, the homemade-haters far outnumber the homemade-lovers, and fistfights rarely breakout between the two groups. At any rate, the Volume One staff is not required to make their Secret Santa gifts, which is probably a good thing, because we’d all just make each other mix CDs anyway.

Volume One

“Some Area Kids Playing Without Hats and Mittens”

Water Street Reads

Anywhere from Here

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is championing the Chippewa Valley with every climbing step.

BON IVER: Back Tracks

the albums before the album

BON IVER: A Timeline

a For Emma timeline from there to here

VIDEO: Volume One's Big Week, Dec. 8

VIDEO: Accordion Jingle Bell Bus

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