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The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform before the superpipe finals of the Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix on December 20, 2002 in Park City, Utah.

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Do you hear what I hear? Around this time of year, it could be sleigh bells or it could be the sound of a cash register. What is it that makes so many artists want to sing about Christmas? Why not other holidays, in other times of year? And after decades of holiday hits, is there anything new to do with the genre?

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