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Darren Criss is no stranger to performing Christmas music. The "Glee" star grew up playing holiday classics as a kid, and while in a band, called The Merry Gentleman in high school, he once attempted to play some Christmas tunes at a dance, a move he says "probably wasn't very welcome, but we didn't care." His classmates probably would have preferred to rock out to a DJ instead, Criss said.

But on Sunday, Criss put his music skills and Christmas song experience to good use in New York City -- all in the name of Toys for Tots.

New Yorkers came out in the rain to watch Criss perform a mix of holiday songs on guitar. The free outdoor show took place at the eBay Toy Box, a holiday pop-up shop where shoppers can give toys to children in need and also buy toys for their own kids.

"I messed up a lot of chords and a lot of words, but nobody noticed,"
Criss said laughing during an interview with CBSNews.com. His mash-up of holiday tunes included "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and Alvin & the Chipmunks' "Christmas Don't Be Late," which he considers one of his favorite Christmas songs.

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Our Lady Of Perpetual Repetition
10 December 2012 @ 08:34 pm

One of the stars blogs about it behind the cut---

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