So it's down to that time when Christmas is coming, but not nearly soon enough -- and that's not because you're anticipating it with anything like eagerness, but if you hear one more sanctified, treacly version of "The Little Drummer Boy," you're going to scream. Nevertheless, I'm here to tell you that the next nine days and nights have some cool and offbeat holiday options that you might actually enjoy, in terms of events as well as last-minute gift suggestions. For more, read on.
Christmas options: Not the same ol' Yule
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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.