I 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:
- Joy to the World
- Come, All Ye Faithful
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- Angels We Have Heard on High
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
- The First Noel
- Silent Night
- What Child Is This
As for secular Christmas songs, I truly enjoy:
- The Christmas Song
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- Let it Snow (favorite – from Glee soundtrack)
- All I Want for Christmas is You (favorite – Mariah Carey)
- Winter Wonderland
- I’ll be Home for Christmas
- O Christmas Tree
- White Christmas
I could do without these songs:
- The Chipmunks Song
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
- Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer
- The Grinch
- Santa, Baby
- 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:
- Carol of the Bells
- Christmas Canon
- Christmastime is Here (favorite – Vince Guaraldi Trio)
- 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?