Almost every year since we’ve been married, S and I have collected Christmas songs. Our collection is HUGE now and S keeps adding to it. It’s kind of like living inside the Pandora Christmas channel around here.
We have the standards, the ones that you hear constantly on the radio.* I don’t know what Christmas would be like without hearing Andy Williams, Burl Ives and Bing Crosby, to name a few.
My husband delights in finding new and different songs for the season. This year, S’s favorite (I think) is “Getting Ready for Christmas Day” by Paul Simon. He also really likes “Mary Had a Baby” by Bruce Cockburn, although even he will admit that after you’ve listened to it for a couple times, it’s a smidge repetitive and a bit too long.
The kids like the silly (and at times, gross) songs of Bob Rivers’ “More Twisted Christmas.” Predictably, songs like “Yellow Snow” (yes, that’s exactly what you think it’s about) and “Didn’t I Get This Last Year?” get airtime whenever the kids are in control of the tunes. If pressed, I’ll admit that I enjoy his song, “It’s the Most Fattening Time of the Year” which features a frantic Richard Simmons begging you “Put down that roll — I’m watching!” Good stuff.
For my part, I keep listening to the same CD over and over.
If you’ve never heard of Straight No Chaser, you’ve got to give them a listen. They are an a cappella group that got together at Indiana University back in the 90s, and their songs include great harmonies, funny lyrics and in particular, a cute version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (which you can still see on YouTube. So. Funny.).
C’s favorite song of theirs is “Who Spiked the Egg Nog?” The fact that our 8-year-old not only understands what spiking the egg nog means but also requests it by its track number every time I put on the CD probably means we’re failing as parents on a whole new level. Oh well.
Any particular songs you have to hear in order to make it feel like it’s Christmas? What’s your holiday soundtrack like?
*We don’t do depressing songs that some of the radio stations seem to play every 10 minutes. I can’t listen to “Christmas Shoes” or “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The holidays can be a tough time of year anyway for a lot of people, so I prefer my music uplifting or upbeat. Just can’t do melancholy. How about you?