I LOVE CHRISTMAS SONGS!!! I do not love listening to them before Thanksgiving. The day after Thanksgiving, I listen to 90% Christmas music until the new year. Here are some of my favorite versions of some of my favorite Christmas songs.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland.
Most of my Christmases growing up were a bit sad. It was just my parents and me, and they were usually doing their own thing. Other than opening presents, I was alone. My grandfather passed away right before Christmas when I was finally old enough to earn money to buy him a Christmas gift. I’ve spent many a Christmas day completely alone, with no family or friends. Anytime I have been lucky enough to spend Christmas with my loved ones, I truly appreciate the time because I know how precious it is. This song completely sums up all of my emotions about Christmas. It is my absolute favorite Christmas song.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings – Bare Naked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan
These were always solid Christmas songs, but it wasn’t until I heard this version of them that I really fell in love with them.
Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me – Elvis Presley
Elvis. Christmas. What’s not to love? This song is just da jam and makes me wanna sing and dance. It really gets me into a celebratory mood.
Carol of the Bells – Straight No Chaser
I was trying to figure out which version I should put on here because I also love the Vienna Boys Choir performing this. Straight No Chaser does such a clean and pure version, though. Since the song was originally meant to be acapella, it seemed like the best choice for this list.
That’s What Christmas Means to Me – Stevie Wonder
Have you ever worked retail at Christmastime? It’s not fun. Mostly, it’s the Christmas songs that drive you crazy, even if you love Christmas songs as much as I do, because they play the same 10 songs while being open longer hours than usual. I have had to work retail at Christmastime with this song on the playlist and it was the only song that I was happy to hear every single time it blared in the store.
Blue Christmas – Porky Pig