Saturday, December 01, 2007


Growing up, I was partial to the traditional Christmas songs, since that's all the radio stations would play. But after I bought Mariah Carey's Christmas album, I realized there were many more songs to celebrate the season than what my mom and the radio station played. Over the years, I have found some pretty good Christmas songs that are a little out of the box (read: not by Burl Ives, Mannheim Steamroller or Band Aid).

Maybe you've already heard of them all, but I still want to share:

Alvin and the Chipmunks - 12 Days of Christmas and Christmas Time Is Here (I used to play this tape so much, my mom hid it from me one Christmas)
Britney Spears - My Only Wish This Year
Carrie Underwood - Do You Hear What I Hear (new addition; current favorite)
Chris Rice - Welcome To Our World
Christina Aguilera - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Clay Aiken - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve (what a wonderful Christmas show... wish he'd take it on tour again)
Colbie Caillat - Mistletoe
Dave Mathews Band - Christmas Song
Home Alone 2 - Christmas Tree (the song the children's choir sings while Buzz is mocking Kevin)
Jessica Simpson - What Child Is This and Little Drummer Boy (even Ashlee sings well on this one!)
Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel - Baby It's Cold Outside
Mariah Carey - Jesus, Born on This Day (because All I Want for Christmas Is You is overdone)
Martina McBride - What Child Is This, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and O Holy Night
Matt Wertz - What Child Is This
Matchbox 20 - New York City Christmas
Mindy Smith - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
N'Sync - O Holy Night and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
Ron Sexsmith - Maybe This Christmas
Whitney Houston - Who Would Imagine A King

Of course there are plenty more (almost 90 more, actually) in my Chirstmas playlist, but those are the ones I have been listening to the most. The rest are wonderful songs though, most with specific memories. Mannheim Steamroller is what we would put on while we decorated the tree. My grandmother wouldn't let us open presents until I had sung "Bring a Torch, Jannette Isabella." My sister and I used to make up a dance each year to "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree." "Worship the King" was a staple in the minivan.

What are you listening to this holiday season?


  1. That was Jingle Bell Rock that we would make up dances to. We had 3 giant, inflatable tree ornaments that we used as "props." Haha.

  2. The Zooey Deschanel version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" is definitely my favorite version. Alvin and the Chipmunks' "Christmas Time is Here" is probably the most annoying song that I listen to every Christmas. It's so annoying, but so good. Gotta throw in a little Trans-Siberian Orchestra for me.

  3. Chanukah song ... Sandler ... maybe not Christmas but definitely a holiday time favorite

  4. You forgot a Christmas classic, which is made even better when our dear Jon David sings along with it.....Christina Aguilera's "Merry Christmas, Baby".

    Good to see you the other night!!! As you can see, I'm catching up on all the blog I've missed in the past weeks :)



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