Blogmas, Marriage, Mental Health

Blogmas 12: Favorite Christmas Music

2017-1210 blogmas 10 music notesI love music. For the majority of my teenage years, I was a firm believer in the sentiment Music=Life. I still cherish music and its healing properties. Listening to, performing, or writing music is a great coping mechanism for me.

I wanted to be a singer at one point in my life, and decided that I would release a Christmas album (because that’s what all my favorite artists did. Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Colbie Calliat, etc.)

I recorded songs a capella in my dad’s apartment because he owned a tape player with a Record button. I dragged my mom’s hymn book to his apartment when we visited, and in the background you can hear the TV and my dad talking to my brother.

When I worked retail, Christmas music was piped in from Black Friday until Christmas Eve when we closed early. The songs were all the same: there were multiple versions of “Santa Baby”, which I loathed, and I heard “Christmas Wrapping” for the first time (and the next hundred times after that.)

I didn’t like the retail radio for that month. Despite my love and obsession with Christmas music, and my desire to make it my own, I much preferred hymns over the whiny, materialistic secular tunes I heard at the store.

One of my absolute favorite Christmas traditions is church on Christmas Eve, and I love it in large part because of the songs I get to sing. My absolute favorite songs to sing on that day include, in order:

  1. Joy to the World
  2. Come, All Ye Faithful
  3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  4. Angels We Have Heard on High
  5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
  6. The First Noel
  7. Silent Night
  8. What Child Is This

As for secular Christmas songs, I truly enjoy:

  1. The Christmas Song
  2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  3. Let it Snow (favorite – from Glee soundtrack)
  4. All I Want for Christmas is You (favorite – Mariah Carey)
  5. Winter Wonderland
  6. I’ll be Home for Christmas
  7. O Christmas Tree
  8. White Christmas

I could do without these songs:

  1. The Chipmunks Song
  2. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  3. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer
  4. The Grinch
  5. Santa, Baby
  6. Little Drummer Boy

My husband loves Mannheim Steamroller, and I don’t care for it as much, because it’s instrumental and I love to sing. It’s pretty, but it’s not my favorite. That said, I prefer these songs without lyrics:

  1. Carol of the Bells
  2. Christmas Canon
  3. Christmastime is Here (favorite – Vince Guaraldi Trio)
  4. Linus and Lucy

I also want to mention that I LOVE Auld Lang Syne (the New Year’s Eve classic!).

What are your favorite Christmas songs?

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