"Not This Year" is a Christmas song written by Aly & AJ. It was featured as the closing track on the album, Acoustic Hearts of Winter. This song was not released as a single and is one of the only two songs originally written by Aly & AJ with the other being "Greatest Time of Year" from their 2006 Christmas album.
"Not This Year" is a mid-tempo song about not feeling jolly during the holiday season.
- It's not snow, It's rain coming down
- And the lights are cool,
- But they burn out
- And I can't pull off the cheer
- Not this year
Aly & AJ said in their lyric book that this song was dedicated to their grandmother Carmen who died on Christmas Eve in 2004.
This song is the alter ego of their single, "Greatest Time of Year". "Greatest Time of Year" is a happy, cheerful, and dancy Christmas song, while "Not This Year" is a sad, reflectful, and expresses what a non-greatest Christmas is like.