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.
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
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.
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.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Do you have a favorite holiday tune?