I firmly believe every holiday deserves its due celebration time and recovery time (hello, Thanksgiving-food coma), so I have never been one to eat my Thanksgiving meal alongside my already decorated Christmas tree. Instead, I dutifully wait until December 1st before I begin lighting pine-scented candles and listening to my steadfast holiday playlist.
Well, it’s officially December, so for many of us, it’s time to start the Christmas countdown (and for others of us, to unfortunately suffer through it). Even as someone who loves Christmas, I can admit that the music selections thrust upon all public spaces get to be a bit repetitive. Between the continuously looped renditions of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Jingle Bells,” sometimes all I want is to walk around wearing earplugs for the entirety of the month.
However, some songs make the overplayed ones worth it. In no particular order, here are my five favorite Christmas tracks:
5) “White Christmas” – Bing Crosby
Christmas is a holiday known for its nostalgia. Warm cups of cocoa, sitting by the fire, snuggling up with loved ones on cold winter days… Bing Crosby’s voice has an ethereal, lullaby-like quality that, somehow, always induces said nostalgia within me. The deep tones of Crosby’s voice instantly calm, and I feel warmer and cozier every time I take a listen.
4) “All I Want for Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey
Overplayed? Maybe. Am I tired of it? Absolutely not. As a big Love Actually fan, this song always transports me to the sweet feeling of seeing cute little Sam backing Joanna’s vocals on his juuuust slightly-too-big-for-him drum set. It’s a fun song — a pop-Christmas staple!
3) “Sleigh Ride” – The Ronettes
This is one of my go-to songs to play while decorating the Christmas tree or wrapping presents. It makes me want to dance and always puts me in a good sing-along mood. Plus, who doesn’t love a little girl power?
2) “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer
Originally sung by Frank Loesser and his wife at the end of a party in the 1940s, most people think the vocals on this track are by Doris Day and Bing Crosby. Well, contrary to that belief, they’re not! I actually can’t find a version that is sung by them together. Nevertheless, I love this recorded classic for its flirtatiously playful charm. It always puts a smile on my face!
1) “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – Frank Sinatra
You know that lullaby quality I was talking about earlier with Bing Crosby’s voice? Similar to Crosby’s, Sinatra’s voice never gets old. It instantly gives me the warm and fuzzies, just like Christmas does. In fact, every time I hear Sinatra, I think of Christmas. This is the song that always ends my Christmas playlist. It cozily and bittersweetly bids me “goodnight,” the perfect ending.