Only one more week until Christmas Eve, y’all. I’ll be off to see MamaDork in just a few days, most of my shopping is done, I’ve been tearing it up in the kitchen, and our CD changer has been working overtime.
I have a very strict rule about waiting until after Thanksgiving before the Xmas music makes its appearance in my house. But when it’s time, I’m ready, and I always like re-discovering my favorites. We have quite an eclectic collection, ranging from the Robert Shaw Chorale to John Denver & the Muppets to El Vez to obscure blues tracks. We don’t have a lot of pop artists’ holiday albums, maybe because the Dude is scarred from listening to Christmas with Perry Como throughout his childhood, but we hear that stuff when we go shopping. (And man, the first time of the season I hear WHAM!’s “Last Christmas” is a special day.)
It’s hard to pick my favorites, but I grew up listening to a lot of old fashioned, sacred carols in big choral arrangements, and even though I’m a big old atheist, I love them, especially the melancholy ones. My favorites are probably “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “Coventry Carol” and then “My Dancing Day,” although I’m very particular about arrangements and couldn’t find my favorite for the latter on YouTube, so no link.
I like contemporary stuff, too, but do not play “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” in my presence if you want to keep all your limbs. Or “Jingle Bell Rock.” Stabby. I also don’t like Vince Guaraldi, but I know that’s possibly illegal.
So, this week is about your favorite–and least favorite–holiday songs. Sacred or secular, classical or pop. What can’t you wait to hear when the season rolls around? Which tunes make you want to pull our your Reindeer Slayer 2000?
Super bonus, even though Hanukkah is over: The Maccabeats, bein’ all cute and musical and Jewish-collegiate.