Christmas can never be truly celebrated without plenty of music. From the tunes which drift out of stores on sidewalks to the hum of carols playing in malls, cafes and sometimes blaring out of neighbours’ homes, or even groups of carollers who sing so angelically (and sometimes quite drunkenly) at your doorstep and at church events, music is a constant and massive part of Christmas everywhere.
The tunes at home here begin playing early. The huz isn’t one to leave the stereo off on most days, especially weekends, and come November end, the Christmas carols/songs make an appearance in quite a big way. From religious ones to the more contemporary, he’s not choosy.
I light a lot of wintry scented candles around the house, dim the lights and hum along, letting the nostalgic and warm feelings take over. And, I also sometimes ignore his suggestive looks, because dim lights as I often tell him, don’t always have lead to something.
That little conversation is usually followed by the incessant playing and replaying of Christmas songs featuring lost love and heartbreak, brooding and sulking looks, and the occasional attempt to still cop a feel while a gingerbread scented candle is being lit.
I stay with him because he has good taste in music.
And, because he buys me gingerbread scented candles.
He has his favourite songs, and I have mine, and we share a few favourites too. The kids currently adore the more noisy and upbeat songs, although right now they’re at the age where quick-witted self-made versions of Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg… are considered to be true Christmas music as well as lyrical genius.
I enjoy all seasonal music, depending on my mood. But, the old greats and classics will always be great, and for me they add a beautiful touch to the season that other music somehow can’t begin to compare to.
So, I have the start of a Christmas song list today, and am adding in a few songs which are ones you’d hear playing in my home if you ever dropped by around Christmas time. It’s a mix of some of my husband’s and my favourites for a variety of reasons.
Silver Bells usually heads my list of favourites all through the season. It’s among the first songs I play to kick start the flow of music at home when the season is upon us, and has been high on my list of most loved Christmas songs since I was a kid.
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s
A feeling of Christmas
Meeting smile after smile
And on every
Street corner you’ll hear
How is that not magical, right?
The love for Blue Christmas is equally shared between my husband and me (and often played during mock brooding and sulking moments in an effort to gain sympathy).
It’s such a sweetly sad song, and tugs so wonderfully at the heartstrings. The rendition by Jim Reeves is worth listening to, but we also love the Elvis version (because the king will always be king) and also the one sung by Jon Bon Jovi (but naturally).
Best lyrics in the song:
You’ll be doing all right, with your Christmas of white,
But I’ll have a blue, blue Christmas
Old Christmas Card is hands down one of the most sentimental seasonal song of all time, and an absolute favourite of mine. The lyrics are simple but moving, the music mellow and engaging, and the sentiment underlying the entire song is brilliantly held together all through. If you’re a true romantic at heart, you’ll probably love this bittersweet Christmas love song.
There’s an old Christmas card in an old dusty trunk
And it brings back sweet memories dear to me
‘Tho it’s faded and worn, it’s as precious as the morn
When I found it ‘neath our first Christmas tree.
I thrill with every word, every line
Guess I’m always sentimental ’round this time
Pardon me if a tear, falls among my Christmas cheer
It’s the memory of an old Christmas card.
Makes me tear up, everytime.
I’m adding a few more songs to the list, and will add in more as the days go on. If you have a favourite Christmas song/carol or even more than one, let me know and I’ll gladly put it on the list.
Till then, enjoy the music!