Remember that time when I told you that Christmasy things weren’t going to happen in my house until December first? How I was going to wait this year?
Well, I made it to November 19th. (which really is like an insane record for me as I have begun listening to Christmas music in August in past years. I like Christmas. Don’t judge.) And really, it wasn’t even really my fault. I had had a really crazy stressful week, felt like a terrible sister for bailing on a road trip I was supposed to go on and I needed a little Christmas to make things better. So, after a very, very long day I put in a Christmas CD in my car as I drove to my french class and oh… Christmas music makes evvvverything better!! By the time I reached my school it was like Bing Crosby and Gene Autry had melted away my stress. Love.
Obviously after I start listening it wouldn’t make any sense to stop (…uhm…) so I’ve been listening to it in small doses. And by in small doses I mean in my car, or for short periods of time.
Really, I’ve been quite good. (However, there are no promises once Tuesday gets here. Poor Hubster… I hope he’s ready for a non-stop dose of holiday tunes! WOO!)
So, now that I’ve caved and have been listening I’ve also been hunting for this year’s song. I have an …extensive… collection of holiday music (so much so that itunes tells me it would take me over a day to listen to all of it… ha) but for the past three years I’ve found one song that sticks out and becomes the song for that year. Let me explain:
In December of 2006 I was bored of my tiny collection of Christmas CDs and mixed tapes and wanted something new. We always listened to classics growing up–Bing Crosby, Gene Autry, Frank Sinatra, etc–and while I heart them with SO much hearting, I wanted something a little… stronger. One night, on a ride into the city, a song by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra came on the radio and I was hooked. I got absolutely everything I could get my hands on, and then I discovered THIS. This is quite possibly the greatest thing I’ve ever seen–the Griswold’s ain’t got nothin’ on this:
SERIOUSLY. Can you imagine if you lived across the street from that?! I can’t decide if I would sit there all night (every night) and be completely mesmerized by it, or if it would drive me absolutely insane.
Who am I kidding, I’d watch it forever! haha
The Christmas of 2006 passed quickly, and by the time 2007 came around I grew tired of listening to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra over and over (and over and over… the Hubs will attest. haha). I went back to my oldies, but I felt that my collection needed something a little more current to it to round it out a bit. Now, before I show you, let me be clear–I normally abhor remixes of Christmas songs… but I began searching through some more “modern” music and I found THIS. As soon as I heard it I knew it was the one… and it even became the theme song for our family Christmas movie that year. It’s absolutely infectious and I LOVE IT.
YEEEEEAH!!!!!! Let me hear you say: HO HO HO!
Ahem. Back to business. If you’ve been with me for a while, you’ll remember that Peeah (my oldest sister) got married at the beginning of December last year. The wedding was fabulous and consumed just about everything as the Christmas season kicked into high gear. Spart (older sister–I am the youngest of the three girls) was the fabulous dj for the wedding and I tried to help her find some Christmasy music for the reception and I found THIS. I love it so much it almost made me wish I had been a Christmas bride so I could have danced to it at MY wedding. (The Hubster and I just danced to it at Peeah’s instead. ha) Listen and love:
*siiiiiiiiiiigh* Isn’t that SUCH a good song? Love love love.
So that brings me to now… it’s less than a month to Christmas Eve and I haven’t found this year’s song yet! This year I am completely open to anything, so I thought, why not take to my favourite place and see what my fabulous readers have to say? I’d love to know what song you loved as a kid, or are loving right now!!
What is your favourite Christmas / Holiday song??
(Please tell me the name + artist as every version is different!!)
Okay that second song… omg too much fun! Is it available to download? How can that song NOT put you in a good mood?! :)
Third song is great too…. sweet. And that first video cracked me up when I first saw it.
Songs that I'm loving right now…. if you're a fan of Glee, I love their version of “Last Christmas”. Plus I love 3 songs that I loved last year: “Love Came Down At Christmas” by Jars of Clay, “Where Are You Christmas” by Faith Hill and “Our December” by Thriving Ivory.
But I always love “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey, have loved it since I was a child. And “My Only Wish (This Year)” by Britney Spears. I'm a cheeseball.
Wow that was a long post. Sorry!
Sufjan Stevens did a Christmas CD a while ago and I really loved it, I need to come up with an indie Christmas mix again this year- I'll let you know when it's posted!
Yay for Christmas music! I convinced my boss that we had to start playing it today, even though it's not quite December. I love Fairytale in New York by the Pogues. Mainly because of the memories it brings back of my first term at university.
Mk, I'm sure this will be nothing new, but you've put me in the Christmas spirit, so here goes!
1. “Merry Christmas, Baby!” Bruce Springsteen. hi – its killer. So are all his Christmas songs, but this one takes the cake.
2. “Blue Christmas” Elvis Presley. I've loved this one pretty much since I was born.
3. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Judy Garland. omggggg I want to cry everytime I hear this version.
Dude, I seriously cannot BELIEVE you're gonna miss DT Christmas party! urrrrrggggh!!!!
I absolutely LOVE Sinead O'Connors version of Silent Night. Beautiful! Have you heard it?
I have 2 absolute favourites…and although I LOVE all Christmas songs my 2 favourites are on a Christmas CD, but could easily be listened to all year round. They are “The Eyes of a Child” and “Love is All”…both by Air Supply (I know, I know, but I grew up on the stuff lol). They are on their Christmas Album. They are almost impossible to find online, but I got it on CD this year so I'd be happy to send them to you if you want to have a listen.
This post makes me so happy because I started listening to Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving. I try to hold off on all things Christmas-y until after Turkey Day, but it was tough this year.
I think my favorites are probably from the old Christmas movies. (Which are pretty much a staple in my house during this time of year.) Anything from “Holiday Inn” or “White Christmas” is fine by me!
I wish I was in the Christmas spirit this year. *sigh* maybe some of yours will rub off on me!
I love, LOVE nearly every song on the Mariah Carey Christmas album.
Judy Garland's The Christmas Song will always be my fave. I never get tired of Meet Me in St. Louis!
I COMPLETELY forgot about this song!! I love this movie too!!!!!
Oooh I have a bunch of her stuff–I love her version of O Holy Night!
And I'm sure the Christmas spirit will find you when you least expect it, it's sneaky like that. ;)
*sigh* Words cannot express how much I heart White Christmas… but I've never even heard of Holiday Inn!! I just googled it and I simply must remedy this immediately! It looks fabulous!
Believe it or not, I have 26 different versions of Silent Night in my possession (it's one of my absolute favourites) but I had never heard this one!
Verdict: I LOVE it. It's so… peaceful.
Actually, I found them both fairly easily, but thank you kindly for the offer! :)
They are such pretty songs… I really liked Love Is All!
Oh Rhi, you picked such good songs!!! I have / love them all! Have you heard Blue Christmas by the Platters? I love me some Elvis, but they kick his version outta the water. haha
And I know, I'm so sad that I have to miss the party… :(
Haha… this song TOTALLY sounds like a university song! I love it!
Okay. I have to admit that I hadn't heard of Sufjan Stevens until I read this comment… and I had NO IDEA what I was missing!!!!! I've listened to his version of Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (one of my ALL TIME favourite songs) like 10 times now. You are the best EVER for sharing this with me!!!!
Ahhh I'm so glad there is another person out there who loves Christmas music like I do! haha
I have absolutely no idea how I hadn't heard Glee's version of that song until now as I am a TOTAL Gleek, but I LOVE IT. I am also really liking this Jars of Clay song!!
Isn't it wonderful? I watched it the other night, and I feel so much more
uplifted and Christmas-y now that I did.
I'll be interested to hear what you think of Holiday Inn!
lol…I guess things have changed then… I looked for them a couple of years ago when our tape went missing, and all I could fin was 10 seconds here and 30 seconds there. Never the full song. Glad you were able to find them and enjoy them :)