8 Christmas songs to remind me why I love this holiday

by Ginger on December 22, 2008

in Entertain Me

Well, Christmas is almost here, which means N.C and I are one day closer to “vacation”. The time off is helping my holiday spirit greatly!

I’ve been working to improve my bah-humbuggyness in general, so today I’m making a point to listen to Christmas music. On the way to work, on iTunes, at home, etc. It definitely is starting to thaw my two sizes too small heart, as music has a way of doing. Of course, it also reminds me that there are certain holiday songs that I loathe and make my ears bleed. But that’s back to bah-humbug, so I’m going to focus on the positive instead by listing some of my favorite Christmas songs.

  1. Greensleeves/What Child is This. This song elicits an almost gut reaction. My mom used to sing this to me when she was pregnant with me, and when I was a baby, Christmas time or no. It’s practically in my blood.
  2. Silent Night. I’ve always loved the quiet, peaceful nature of this song.
  3. Carol of the Bells. With or without words, this song is beautiful and somehow very powerful.
  4. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. Hmmm, I’m seeing a theme here with instrumental, quiet, peaceful songs that can transcend the season.
  5. The Christmas Song. This is one I love from singers like Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole. Mmmmm, a singer with a chocolaty voice can make this very yummy.
  6. I’ll Be Home for Christmas. After years of having to shuffle around the country for Christmas, this song has always resonated with me. I usually want nothing more for Christmas than to be home. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way, as the song acknowledges.
  7. Linus & Lucy. Otherwise known as “The Charlie Brown Song”, this song just screams Christmas to me. It’s just somehow entirely Christmasy, even though I know it’s really the theme song.
  8. Christmas Time is Here. Another quiet peaceful one. Although I like the version with words as well, I’m such a sucker for instrumentals.

Ok, obviously I have a thing for piano, classical guitar, and other instrumentals that help remind me of how peaceful the holidays can be. Don’t let this fool you though, I’ve also got a full rotation of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Harry Connick Jr., pop songs by Mariah Carey and Paul McCartney and Christina Aguilera and the like. This list of songs though…I don’t know if it’s just how manic I usually get around the holidays, but these songs in particular help me remember why I love this holiday. But enough about me…what Christmas songs speak to you?

Oh, and don’t forget to stop by Anna’s place for more lists!

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Katherine December 22, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Paul McCartney! No! No! No! No! By far that Wings hack job is quite possibly the worst excuse for a Christmas song ever. Blink blink blink blink….ack!

Ginger December 22, 2008 at 6:36 pm

I will admit freely that the Paul McCartney song is annoying as hell. But, it is on two of my Christmas compilation cd’s so unfortunately it makes it into the rotation.

Jessica December 22, 2008 at 7:13 pm

O Holy Night is my favorite, but I love all of these. I like U2’s version of Baby Please Come Home. I don’t mind the contemporary versions but I love the classics 🙂

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Keely December 23, 2008 at 6:38 am

My mom used to sing me What Child is This too 🙂

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Kim December 23, 2008 at 8:04 am

Carol of the Bells used to be my damn jam when I was a kid.

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