With Thanksgiving out of the way, it’s now time to fully get into the holiday spirit. Trim your trees, hang your stockings, but most importantly, start playing your Christmas music. I currently have Justin Bieber’s Under The Mistletoe and the new Glee Christmas album on heavy rotation with a little Michael Bublé thrown in. Now, I’m excited to add this new holiday track from OneRepublic into my Christmas playlist.

The new song is titled Christmas Without You and is currently available on iTunes. Straying away from the classic Drummer Boys and Stocking Stuffers, OneRepublic took a more melancholy approach to the Christmas tune. The album artwork (seen above) shows you what I mean. But, how did this stick figure drawing become the cover? The band explained via Twitter:

“The xmas cover was drawn by [Ryan Tedder] in about 60 seconds as an ‘idea’ of what we might use, but there was something so cool & sad about it….we tried to re-do it better- but the original drawing had something special about it- it was real..not over-thought. so we used it.” I think it’s quite whimsical personally. Give a listen to their new Christmas track below.

OneRepublic – “Christmas Without You”