Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Song Confessions

Christmas music is omnipresent in December, so I thought I would share my Christmas song confessions with you.

I hate listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving.

I wish radio stations would continue to play Christmas music after Christmas, until New Year's Eve. I find the transition back to the regular radio formats immediately after Christmas is jarring.

It is not enough for me to like a particular Christmas also matters to me who is singing it. There are some versions of songs that I cannot abide.

I don't understand why "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music gets played as a Christmas song.

I like Mannheim Steamroller's  "Deck the Halls" and "Stille Nacht."

I can take "funny" Christmas songs in very small doses, like "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" or "The Twelve Pains of Christmas."

There are some songs I look forward to every Christmas. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:

1.    O Holy Night - Nat King Cole or Josh Groban

2.  Little Drummer Boy - but only the Bob Seger OR Bing Crosby/David Bowie versions
3.  Santa Claus is Coming To Town - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

4.  Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - U2
5.  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings - Barenaked Ladies & Sarah Mclachlan

6.  For Unto Us a Child is Born - from Handel's Messiah

And here are some of the Christmas songs I could do without!
  1. Christmas Shoes - Newsong
  2. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - anyone
  3. Happy Xmas (War is Over) - John Lennon
  4. Please Come Home for Christmas - the Eagles
  5. The Holly & The Ivy
Which Christmas songs are your favorites? Which ones are on your "worst" list?


  1. I like Gabriel's Message by Sting. I don't much care for " We Wish You A Merry Christmas".

    1. Good choices! What is figgy pudding, anyway?

  2. You mentioned two of my favs: Little Drummer Boy and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen...and I agree, it has to be those specific versions of those songs. I also love most any carol sung by Bing Crosby...that man could sing! Fun post! Thanks.

    1. I agree...Bing Crosby had such a great voice! I play his Christmas songs every year.

  3. I love the Hallelujah Chorus, and The Christmas Song. I also love Bring a Torch Jeanette, Isabella. And I love to sing along to Oh Holy Night and Ave Maria in my car, at the top of my lungs, like I'm a finalist on American Idol.

    You already know how I feel about Mary Did You Know, Do They Know it's Christmastime at all?, and Christmas Shoes.

    I also have a weird soft spot for Hanukkah music.

    1. I love the Hallelujah Chorus and The Christmas Song, too...especially Nat King Cole singing The Christmas Song. Great choices!

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