Friday, December 7, 2012

Five Favorites on Friday: Christmas Songs

As a child I had an on going battle with my dad.  He probably doesn't even remember it, but to me it was a big deal.  When can I start listening to Christmas music???  (This was before the days of iPods and I certainly didn't have my own CD player, I had to listen on the stereo in the living room so it did affect the whole family)  And I felt like every year the answer changed.  Sometimes it was after Halloween, sometimes I had to wait until Thanksgiving.  One year I wised up.  I asked my dad and the answer that day was after Halloween.  So I wrote a quick contract and had him sign it.  I hope its still around.  I hope I can find it someday.  So funny.

I love all the classics and the religious Christmas songs, but these are the songs I like to jam to on my way to work.  Today I'm counting backwards, bottom to top.  Favorite to favoritest.

5. Mavis Staples: Christmas Vacation.  I loved this song before I ever saw this movie. 

4. Paul McCartney: Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime. I don't know why this song gets so much hate, but I love it (synthesizers and all!)  If you've never seen the video, the angels with sunglasses singing in space it worth a watch, even if you hate this song.  I heart Paul forever!!!

3. The Waitresses: Christmas Wrapping.  Once I had a roommate who told me this song did not feel like a Christmas song.  I said "Maybe not this year, but wait until next year.  You'll learn to love it and when you hear it again it will bring back awesome Christmas memories."  A year later she facebooked me to tell me I was right!  (PS the video to this song is pretty weird, but it was better than the one that just had the lyrics.  LAME)

2. Tran Siberian Orchestra: Carol of the Bells.  This is not the whole song, but I seriously love this montage from The Office, because that's what this song feels like to me: CHRISTMAS!!!!

1. Bing Crosby and David Bowie: The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth.  This song is just so beautiful, and the intro is just cute and touching.  Plus I just love David Bowie. 

And for fun, some of the worst Christmas songs off all time: 

Elton John: Step into Christmas.  I will change the station.  I love me some Elton, but this just went so wrong.

Band Aid: Do They Know its Christmas.  Pretty sure snow in Africa has nothing to do with poverty and every thing to do with climate.

New Song: Christmas Shoes.  If I was dying I would not want my child running around town buying shoes, just sayin'.

What songs do you love or hate?  I'm sure I've forgotten some good/awful ones!


  1. How did I live with you for so many years and I only know three of those songs!?

    I remember David Bowie and Bing Crosby (one of my all time favorites as well), Siberian Orchestra's "Carol of the Bells," which I also love, and I also remember you loving "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time," which I could never understand. I don't think I'll ever get on board with that one ;)

    One song I don't hate, but it's not my favorite, yet everyone seems to LOVE it is John Lennon's "So This is Christmas."

    1. Yeah John Lennon just reminds me of Christmas radio because I feel like they play it every other song! I don't hate it either, but I could take it or leave it.

  2. Um, it's kind of embarrassing to admit, but "All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey is one of my favorites. I worked at KB Toys briefly at Christmas time, and they played the STUPIDEST songs. Stuff about things like emailing Santa by every teen bopper imaginable. Ughhhh

    1. I should have done an honorable mention to that song. I love it too!

    2. I worked at k b toys too during the chrismas season! There was this song sleigh ride but I don't know who sang it that I'm dying to find out

  3. I loved your post about Christmas songs. My blog has a posting about the Twelve Days of Christmas. Check it out.


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