20141215_seoulbeats_chanyeol_Christmas is coming a little early for Exo-Ls this year. On December 15th, SM Entertainment surprised fans with announcement of a special Exo holiday track titled “December, 2014 (A Winter’s Tale)”.

The pop ballad was prepared by Exo as a “surprise gift to thank the fans” for their support and will showcase the vocals of D.OChen and Baekhyun. The digital single will be released through popular mobile game SuperStar SMTown.

As opposed to the solemn tone of “Miracles in December,” the new track will tell a more upbeat, magical story of love that is intended to warm the heart this winter season.

Alongside the announcement of the track, SM also promised a teaser later the same day. In true SM style, ten hours after the promised release time, the teaser starring Exo’s Chanyeol was uploaded.

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While production of the underwhelming teaser was obviously rushed (and Chanyeol appears less than enthused), the track itself sounds promising. With a steady R&B beat, the hints of Baekhyun’s falsetto and D.O’s intro vocals are sure to make fans anxious for the full track.

Fans were already anticipating an Exo comeback in early 2015, so news of the holiday single came as a welcomed surprise. The full ballad is expected to drop December 19th.

Readers, are you excited for the new holiday track? How do you feel about SM’s marketing ploy of releasing the song through Superstar SMTown?

(Osen, YouTube. Images via SM Entertainment.)