I have decided to start a new series for this month: Holiday Loves and Quirks. Posts documenting my unique take on Christmas will show up on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is a way for me to share the spirit of the holiday with all of you! And don’t worry; I am in full marathon reading mode so you will still have plenty of book reviews to peruse!
Today’s post is about Christmas music. I loved Christmas music as a kid and still couldn’t wait to start rocking out to my Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas CD during my first round of college. Then I worked in retail…and I never wanted to hear Christmas music ever again. All day. Everyday. For two months. There is only so many times you can listen to Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer before you lose it! I spent years refusing to listen to Christmas music.
Then I heard Nat King Cole’s Christmas Song. That was all it took to get over my Christmas music hiatus. That song always induces happy tears. It was one of my grandpa’s favorites and a can see my Daddy Bill’s smiling face every time I hear it. How could I not listen to music that brings such wonderful, happy memories?
So now I’m back to listening to Christmas music, but I am still quite a picky connoisseur. I prefer Judy Garland’s Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and my Christmas playlist includes Elvis, Dolly Parton, and Nat King Cole. I just can’t get in to the new pop versions of songs that insist on adding two-three syllables to each word! But I’m not completely archaic 😀 I do have some Kelly Clarkson and classic N’SYNC on that playlist, as well as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Now I sing along at the top of my lungs!
So here is some music to brighten your day and I have included my favorite, Carol of the Bells. What is your favorite Christmas song? What happy memories do they hold for you?