Given the sheer abundance of Christmas songs in existence, it might seem as if all conceivable yuletide themes have been exhausted. However, Dale Watson covers new ground in an amusing manner, sharing a cell with a down-on-his-luck Saint Nick, loaning Santa his semi, and proving Christmas-morning anticipation isn't just for present-craving kids by delivering a tune about a lover who postpones her affections until the holiday officially begins. In addition to his inspired originals, Watson gives the honky-tonk treatment to "Silver Bells" and "The Christmas Song," both of which showcase his growling guitar licks and appealingly gruff vocals. His upbeat numbers, peppered with infectious boogie-woogie piano, are among the few holiday-themed tunes capable of inspiring spirited dancing. For those reading this on Wednesday, December 20, Watson performs tonight at The Hurricane.