Thursday, December 9, 2010
I’m notorious in my family for hearing a Christmas song and saying “Oh, I love this song; it’s my favorite.” In fact, I have been given such grief over this statement that I finally had to make special note of which Christmas song truly is my favorite. Every year it’s a toss-up between Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)—doesn’t matter which rendition—but either way, I can’t choose just one.
My love for Christmas music is somewhere on the extreme end of the love spectrum. I have over 125 Christmas songs on my ipod (like 7 versions of versions of The Christmas Song) and I admit that if I have my ipod on shuffle during non-Christmas times of the year I won’t change the track if a Christmas song comes on.
Some of my friends think this is sacrilege and wonder how I don’t tired of Christmas songs, but there is something so incredibly magical about Christmas music. I am not a religious person, but I can’t help be moved by the spirit of the season—particularly through the music. Even yesterday I was listening to O Holy Night (Glee version) while Scott was driving us to dinner and tears were pouring down my cheeks.
It’s taken me weeks of listening to complete my list of favorite Christmas songs—drafted on paper in alternating red and green pen (not kidding)—and I’m sad about some of the great songs that didn’t quite make the cut, but I couldn’t include ALL of them or you’d think me ridiculous. These tend to be the more “abso-awful” songs (term coined by Paxton of Cavalcade of Awesome on his own Christmas Songs list)—such as Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton and Last Christmas by Wham! Also, while there are certain songs that I love no matter who sings them, these tend to surprise me--they're not the songs I would generally call my favorites but they are so fantastic I can't help loving them.
Stop talking Trish!
So…the list. In no particular order.
1. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
2. All I want for Christmas - Mariah Carey
3. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Josh Groban
4. O Holy Night – Mariah Carey
5. Please Come Home for Christmas – Jon Bon Jovi
6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Rascal Flatts
8. Christmas Waltz – The Carpenters
9. Happy X-Mas (The War is Over) – Celine Dion
10. This Christmas – Christina Aguilera
I wanted to include clips from YouTube but I haven't touched my home computer in over a week because of my studying and YouTube is blocked at work. Maybe one day I'll edit and include but my mom told me I need to stop talking about this post and just publish it already.
So, I will leave you with one of the "abso-awful" (or "aweso-awful") songs that I love but didn't make the list.
Merry Christmas Baby by Bruce Springsteen
It's been said many times, many ways...
Merry Christmas, to you.
What are YOUR favorite Christmas Songs??
[hoping to take test on Monday and then will be FREEEEEEEE!! This blogging break sucks.]