Over the weekend, I finally started listening to Christmas music. Yep, really. I realized there was less than a week to go until the big day – that combined with baking some cookies for a holiday party/my coworkers finally warranted me actively seeking out Christmas tunes to fill my ears.
See, I’m not much of a Christmas music kinda gal. I adore this playlist of wintery tunes I put together last year. And in July, I’m all about getting a jump start on curating the perfect Halloween playlist. But Christmas music? I could never hear a note of it during the holiday season and be totally okay with that.
I’ll pause while you pick your jaw up off the floor and/or recover from the mild heart attack I just gave you with that blasphemous statement.
Why don’t I enjoy Christmas music? Because I’m of the opinion that most modern day holiday music is pure crap. I don’t believe the world needs yet another rendition of “The Christmas Song” or “Jingle Bells”. And I don’t believe most artists or bands who claim they love Christmas and wanted to record some of their favorite songs. I think most Christmas albums by top 40 bands are just an excuse to make boatloads of money for their record label. And I think they over-produce the hell out of some beautiful songs just to make them sound new and exciting.
Yikes, that got a little angry and ranty, didn’t it? I’m sounding like a South Pole Elf. I could write a whole post on why I hate most modern Christmas music, but that wasn’t my point of sharing something with you today.
I wanted to share the Christmas tunes I DO enjoy because, believe it or not, I do have some favorites. They’re what I call my Christmas Classics – my little list of songs that get me in the holiday spirit. They make me want to bake cookies, wrap gifts, admire Christmas lights and deck the halls. Most of them are the Christmas standards, and you know what? I get by just fine listening to these classics once a year. I don’t need anything more than these songs to make my spirits bright.
Here’s what I’m listening to this – and every – holiday season:
What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?
Don’t let my Grinchy-ness scare you away. I do want to know your favorite songs – share them with me on Twitter.
After today, the blog will probably be pretty quiet until early January. I’m headed off to the winter wonderland that is Wisconsin…and when I get back to blogging, I’ll have a little surprise for you.
But until then, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends full of lots of good music.