Sweet Secret Peace

A Christmas mixtape

Jessica Lee McMillan
The Riff
Published in
5 min readDec 3, 2020

Christmas songs that seemed simple in my youth now carry inflections of complex feelings many of us experience during the Christmas season: nostalgia and contentment, longing and melancholy. The best songs reflect this complexity, or, at least, compliment each other in a carefully-crafted playlist that tries.