Wow, I love saying that.
It is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and now I don’t sound completely bananas when I say it to, well, everyone.
(plus now I have even more of a girl crush on her since she loves Christmas, Broadway and the Carpenters)
*Happy Peppermint Sighs*
Kir’s Christmas Mix:
Even without the lyrics this song is the holiday season to me, it’s wonderful and deliciously seasonal.
Plus, the morning John asked me to marry him…on November 21st…he put this song on as background music to his proposal because he knew how much I’ve loved the song since childhood.
Sleigh Ride- The Boston Pops
Remember a few weeks ago when I talked about how in another life I am a soulful, beautiful black woman?
Well when it comes to my Christmas songs, only the rich, soulful, choir-like voices of those amazing women will do for me. Vanessa Williams, Aretha Franklin, and the gone-to-soon Miss Whitney.
I cry when I listen to this song. As a survivor of infertility, when I look at my children I am always blown away that they are even HERE, in my life, in my arms. So as a parent, if you don’t listen to this song and think of Mary, holding baby Jesus and thinking, “who would imagine you’d be a KING? The KING? Our Savior?” then listen to it again.
Who Would Imagine a King- Whitney Houston
I couldn’t decide, because Whitney’s voice is one of my favorite in the whole world.
Do You Hear What I Hear is in my top 3 of Christmas Favorites, the whole story of Christmas being given to the world by the night sky, a sheep, a shepherd, a boy, a king.
Listen, with your hearts, Listen.
Do You Hear What I Hear? – Whitney Houston
Take me right back to 38 Spring Street or Morgan Street on Christmas Eve and there is Mr. Cole singing me into a fish stick and pierogi coma (as Polish Catholics, we fasted from meat on Christmas Eve) while my dad reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas” after dinner.
It’s not called “THE CHRISTMAS SONG” for nothing.
The Christmas Song: Nat King Cole
My “reminds me of my dad” song for the mix.
He listened to NPR and came home with Anita Baker, Kenny G, Sade and one Christmas he came home with this CD. Music would move me to tears in the backseat of the car and I’d fall in love with instrumental music as much as lyrics and verses.
I saw Mannheim Steamroller in concert doing their Christmas music and all I can say is: my makeup application was a complete waste of time that evening, I was teary from beginning to end.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Mannheim Steamroller
Here in PA/NJ/NYC corridor there is a radio station that we listen to during work : WPLJ.
Every Christmas for as long as I’ve been working here PLJ does their last show before their Christmas break at
There are online auctions to benefit the children and families there, Live Music and every year I’ve listened Rob Thomas has been part of the performers who show up to offer their voices to the chorus. He wrote this song one year specifically for that show and the children of Blythedale.
Plus, anyone who knows me or spends any amount of time here in the Corner, knows that I LOVE, no ADORE, No…am SMITTEN with NYC.
There is nothing like the season of love in the Big Apple and his song captures it.
New York City Christmas- Rob Thomas
My mom sold Princess House as a side job while I was growing up. She was a nurse by trade (and then a lot of other things as she hung degrees on the wall) but she kept the big boxes with buckles on them that the china came in to store all our Christmas decorations. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving we would lug down from our three room attic and start to spread Christmas throughout our home. While we did, we had a stack of LPs on the turntable. Even later in my life when tapes and CDs became common, our decorating days were the one time we wanted to hear the scratchy memories of Christmas Past.
This song is so special to me for reasons I can’t even explain. I listened to him say “I’m not beautiful” and felt like every little girl growing up, unaware of what really makes you beautiful. When you hear him find out that he is special, it reminded me that even the most ordinary things are extraordinary if you take a second look. (Plus there is a Christmas Special “Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey” that is a particular favorite of mine.)
The Ballad of the Christmas Donkey- Ed Ames
I found this song in 2002 by accident.
We had just moved me into our new home (we would marry the next year and John would move in then) and I was cleaning the week after Thanksgiving, so we had the new music channels on our brandy new cable tv channels. We switched from the 70′s and 80′s to “Sounds of the Seasons”.
It came on and we had a new favorite Christmas song.
I know that I talk a lot about songs my dad would have loved that he never got to hear and I believe this one would be at the top of his list for Holiday songs. Not only is this sung by the voice behind “Fool if You Think It’s Over” (love that song) but it’s so contemporary, jazzy and sentimental all at once, how can you not love it?
Driving Home for Christmas -Chris Rea
I could add a dozen more songs to this tape but I think you see that I love Christmas, from the classic to the contemporary, and really, you have shopping, baking and wrapping to do.
So I’ll leave you with this list and wish each of you a beautiful, joyful, peaceful Christmas season.
Enjoy the Music of this incredible season!
(did you know that Santa lives with me??? )