Christmas Songs

A couple of years ago I did a little series sharing my favorite traditional Christmas hymns. A lot of people seemed to like it so I made a Songza playlist featuring most of the songs, plus a few extra. (Let me know how you like it if you use Songza!) Ever since then I’ve been meaning to share some of my favorite secular songs of the season, so here goes!

Please share some of your favorites in the comments!

In no particular order:

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1. Jingle Bell Rock
In 4th grade I danced around on stage to this song and it’s held a special place in my heart ever since.

2. All I Want For Christmas Is You
This is arguably my favorite Christmas song of all time, at least the longest standing favorite for many, many years. I was pretty young when Mariah Carey first came out with this song and I loved it from the first moment I heard it. Because I was about 10 years old and dreamed of falling in love. Le sigh. HuffPo ran an article yesterday on the best covers of this song. I don’t care for all the versions they posted — my current favorite is the Lady Antebellum cover. It has a sorta of sweetness to it that I like. For another fun one, I challenge you to listen to the one My Chemical Romance did and not dance around, in your chair at the very least.

3. Hard Candy Christmas
Suitable for Christmas or your average breakup anytime of the year — I love it.

4. I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
I love it because it comes from Oklahoma. Like a lot of the best things :)

5. River
Not really a Christmas song, but I count it anyway. Man, a lot of these are sad songs.

6. Song For a Winter’s Night
My current favorite and has been for a few years. The lyrics get me.

I read again between the lines upon the page
The words of love you sent me

If I could know within my heart
That you were lonely too
I would be happy just to hold the hands I love
Upon this winter night with you

If I could only have you near
To breathe a sigh or two
I would be happy just to hold the hands I love
And to be once again with with you

Lamps, cold nights, old love letters…it’s good stuff, y’all. I like the original, but Sarah McLachlan’s rendition is my favorite.

7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
It brings back memories of riding home from church with Granny and Paw Paw on Wednesday nights, Paw Paw hosting a sing-a-long from the front seat.

8. Silver Bells
Because of this song I always dreamed of experiencing Christmas in The City. I’m not rural anymore, but I’m pretty suburban. While my heart feels most at home in the hills and plains of the country, I’d still like to experience Christmas in a bustling metropolitan area. Maybe somewhere that’s foreign to me.

9. Blue Christmas
Another one that’s good if you’re all broken up or missing someone, but good all around no matter what. Looove the lonesome sound Nicole Atkins has.

10. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
This one always makes me feel a little sad…I’ve always been home for Christmas, but the desperate longing of the singer to be with people he/she loves is a relatable emotion.

11. Marshmallow World
Had to end on a happy note. It’s cute, it’s sweet, it makes me happy. A few days ago when I finished up some Christmas shopping I was humming right along to it — things were on sale!

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5 Responses to Christmas Songs

  1. Sarah says:

    I love “I’ll be home for Christmas” – one of my favorites!
    I DON’T like “Do you hear what I hear?” – I don’t know why, but ever since I was little, the song creeps me out.

    • Elizabeth says:

      You should look up the story behind “Do You Hear What I Hear?” I didn’t know where it came from until a few weeks ago. I have never cared for it either.

  2. Melissa says:

    My favorite Christmas song is “O Holy Night,” specifically as sung by Johnny Mathis… my dad played his record (yes, RECORD! heh) during my childhood and that song is just so beautiful. I never feel like it’s truly Christmastime until I hear it–although it’s on cd now. ;)

  3. jolene says:

    I think one of my favorites is the Bing Crosby-David Bowie duet “Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth”

  4. Kimby says:

    Elizabeth, I love all Christmas songs (well, maybe with the exception of Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer…) and it’s a delight to play them for folks (even the “Grandma” song) because they hold memory or meaning or humor or “le sigh” love for each person. Loved your stories behind the songs!

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