The Christmas season is upon us and among other things, that means “CHRISTMAS MUSIC, hooray!” Or, for all you Grinches, that means, “Christmas Music? Boo!” Regardless which reaction you experience, one thing is certain — your ears are fixin’ to be inundated with sounds of the season.

Of course each year we get our Christmas mainstays, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas,” the upbeat “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” from Brenda Lee, and those damn Barking Dogs doing “Jingle Bells.”

But we’re not about the “mainstays” here at Radio Texas, LIVE! This year we’re shaking it up a bit with our very first RTX Massive Christmas Music Melee. Through Dec. 24th we will pit eight of your favorite Texas and Red Dirt artists’ Christmas songs against each other. And come Christmas Eve there will be just one song left standing: The RTX Massive Christmas Music Melee Champion 2012.

We begin with eight songs that I chose myself. We then drew the pairings at random. Now, we need you to cast your vote in each match up to decide who moves on each week in the Melee.

Last week, Kevin Fowler’s “Santa Got Busted by the Border Patrol” was busted by Ali Dee’s “Santa Baby.” And Johnny Cooper’s “Please Come Home for Christmas” sent Cody Canada’s “Mele Kalikimaka” to the house.

The second half of the first round begins now -- as Kyle Park’s “Winter Wonderland” goes up against Eli Young Band’s “Wonderful Christmas Time” and Pat Green’s “Let it Snow” challenges Casey Donahew and Cody Johnson’s “When Santa Comes to Texas.”

Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. CST Saturday, Dec. 15.

Our two winners this week will join Ali Dee and Johnny Cooper in the semifinals beginning Dec. 17, culminating on Christmas Eve when we will crown our first-ever RTX Massive Christmas Music Melee Champion. Happy voting and Merry Christmas!

Kyle Park "Winter Wonderland"

Eli Young Band "Wonderful Christmas Time"

Pat Green "Let it Snow"

Casey Donahew and Cody Johnson "When Santa Comes to Texas"