Favorite classic Christmas tunes – 2015 edition

Christmas is racing up to us and, besides lights on houses and anticipation of traditional favorites at the dinner table, I love, love, love Christmas music.

From traditional choirs singing “All we like sheep” from Handel’s Messiah through Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas, and even a dose of Alvin and the Chipmunks (only once though), I want to hear it all.

I’ve been on a classic Christmas tune kick lately and here are my favorites.

vintage Santa and his wife

This couple has been in the family since at least the 1970s.

Hilary’s Classic Favorites

Go tell it on the mountain sung by Nana, oh my Nana Mouskouri from Christmas With Nana Mouskouri, 1972

  • This song will always be at the top of my list. Christmas does not happen until this song is played. It brings back memories of decorating the Christmas tree with my sister and singing slightly out of tune to our favorite Christmas record.

White Christmas sung by The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter and Bill Pinckney, 1954

  • love this groovy arrangement!

Jingle Bells played by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra; 1950s?

  • another fun version of this Christmas staple but without lyrics

Jing-A-Ling, Jing-A-Ling sung by The Andrews Sisters; 1940s or 1950s?

  • upbeat and great to dance along to in the kitchen

Christmas Bells sung by Patti Page from Christmas with Patti Page, 1955

  • adore her rich, smooth voice
penguin toe socks

Penguin-chan says Happy Holidays!

Our toddler’s top tunes

Our little one has a couple of favorites on permanent request this year.

Jingle Bell Rock sung by Bobby Helms, 1957

  • This track has a gentle bounce that carries you with it.

Silent Night sung by Harry Belafonte from To Wish You a Merry Christmas, 1958

  • Harry’s voice is pristine. I love listening to our wee one hum and sing along.
lovely floating angels from Finland

straw angel mobile from Finland, circa 1996

Hitoshi’s Christmas Memories

While Hitoshi did not celebrate Christmas until he met me, Christmas in an adapted form is alive and well in japan.

Hitoshi’s favorite Christmas track is Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence by Ryuichi Sakamoto from the soundtrack of the movie with the same name, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983). The track is gorgeous, gentle and melancholic.

snowman sculpture with a lightpost

Our snowman friend, Frosty

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Do you have a favorite holiday tune?

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21 thoughts on “Favorite classic Christmas tunes – 2015 edition

  1. What a great idea! One of my favourite christmas songs are sung by Nena (you may know her song “99 red ballons”). She recorded a Christmassong Medley in 1997 (https://vimeo.com/113190311). What’s about your favourite christmas film? I wish you wonderfull holidays!

    • Hi Inga! Thanks for your email! I’ll get back to you soon. 🙂 Thanks for the link! It was fun to see the flashback moments and especially those amazing mountains! Hmmm… favorite Christmas film… The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and there was another one… I can’t recall the name but it was sort of claymation and it was some sort of Christmas story with Santa Claus, Rudolph and something bad that happens. It was really cute! How about you? Frohliche Weinachten und uh…. Ich vergesse… Frohes neues Jahr! (:D Had to look that one up!)

      • One of my favourites (and the one of my grandma) definitely ist Little Lord Fauntleroy which was done in 1980. And of course Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel (a czech interpretation of the Cinderella tale). Both films are running every day in german tv in december. Happy new year!

      • Nothing fancy really, we had some smoked salmon and other crustaceans as a starer, then some duck for main and lots of cheese, and a log cake 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful xmas

        • Sounds good! I’ve only had duck a couple of times but I’d like to try it again. Oooo… a log cake. Do you make it? My sis made one for Christmas dinner this year with coconut cream! Hope you had a great holiday time, too!

          • I’m not very good at pastry.. I have to be honest with you :p The only thing I can do is carrot cake and tiramisu 😀

            I had a great holiday but I was a bit sick, then my bf was a bit sick, then we had our garage flooded (don’t know if you’ve heard about the terrible flooding that happened in the UK this winter). Then i had some friends over from Belgium. It was very busy.

            • Carrot cake and tiramisu sound tough. 😀 Do you do a creamcheese icing with the carrot cake? Icing is really the best part.
              Oh no! Being sick, especially around the holidays, is no fun at all. And then your bf, too? And then your garage? Oh no! Oh no! Oh no! I saw a little bit about the flooding. Did you have a lot of damage on top of the messy cleanup?

              • Yes, I use soft cheese with a bit of icing sugar in it. Yes, icing is the best part I agree.

                Well, my bf was working a night shift so the car wasn’t in our garage at that time, thankfully. And we didn’t have to clean it ourselves thankfully, the building employees took care of it. but it was annoying to park somewhere else for a week. We were very lucky. But some people left their car in the parking and went to see their family abroad. I think their cars are completely destroyed

  2. I’m not a big fan of Christmas songs. I think it is because in Spain, all the Christmas carols are recorded by high pitched children voices and if you listen to more than 2 songs in a row you feel like killing someone hahaha.

    Merry Christmas, Hilary!

  3. My favourite is Little Drummer Boy, the version by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. I grew up with this song as my mum used to play it on the piano. It was her favourite Christmas song too.

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