Christmas music is something people seem to love or hate. They either turn it on as soon as the radio stations begin playing it in November or whine about how much they hate the beautiful music that floats on the airwaves during one month (OK 1 1/2 months) of the year.
If you couldn’t tell, I’m the former. I love Christmas music, all of it. I love singing it to myself in the car and it’s a secret wish to carol or sing with a group (well, not secret anymore). That will have to be sometime in the distant future because I’m scared to sing in public because my voice is not even a little good, and also because my schedule is hectic and I can’t commit to practicing. But that’s neither here nor there.
I can’t think of a single Christmas song I hate.
That got me thinking about the songs I love the most. And that, in turn, got me wondering what songs other people love and why. So I turned to Facebook and got a really diverse selection of music, some of which I haven’t ever heard, and really great reasons why people love them. I’ll get to that later.
I realized that my favorite songs aren’t because of the words or the meaning, but because of the memories they evoke.
The first is Carol of the Bells. I don’t even know the words, but every time the tune plays, I’m transported back to middle school band, where we played that song one year. I played the flute and I’m pretty sure we had the melody. It was so sweet sounding and satisfying to play. Also, I was really bad at reading sheet music, so I memorized the notes. While the song is playing I’m humming the notes repeatedly in my head.
I also really, really love flute and violin music and the song sounds amazing in either.
The second is Nat King Cole’s “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” (The Christmas Song). The reason for this one is because I’ll never forget that this was the first song my son’s class sang at Little Rascals Preschool when he was preschool age.
I’m telling you, there is nothing sweeter than 4- and 5-year-olds singing “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, And folks dressed up like Eskimos.” They sang all of the verses and it was heart-melting.
On a side note, Little Rascals always has adorable concerts.
Those have to be my top two, though when my friends responded to my Facebook question, I couldn’t help thinking ‘oh yeah! I love that one!’ and ‘That’s a good one!’ to many of them.
I’m going to share a few responses with some editing:
“I love a good story of an underdog, so mine is ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.’ ”
“ ‘Cool Yule’ by Louis Armstrong. I love Louis and it’s a fun bop about my favorite holiday!”
“ ‘A Happy Christmas’ by John Lennon. This song makes me feel the holiday spirit every time.”
“ ‘Dominick the Italian Donkey!’ It just puts a smile on my face and makes me giggle! Hehaw!”
“ ‘Oh Holy Night.’ The melody and blended harmony is very worshipful and the lyrics tell of the true gift of Christmas!”
“Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ because it reminds me of spending the holidays with my grandma watching the film and swooning over Bing’s crooner voice.”
“Trans Siberian Orchestra’s ‘Christmas in Sarajevo.’ You MUST blast it as loud as you can get it. No other song can put me in a Christmas mood like that one song.”
“ ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’ But has to be Judy Garland’s version! It’s just the best. It’s in the movie the ‘Family Stone,’ which is a Christmas movie my family and I watch every year.”
“ ‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day’ sung by Casting Crowns. It is moving and I love the sound of all the instruments and the choir in the background. It is a song of hope and peace.”
“ ‘So This Is Christmas’ by John Lennon. It always makes me reflect on what has happened in the current year, if I’ve lived how I want to live and what changes I need to make in the upcoming year to ensure that it is better.”
“ ‘How the Grinch stole Christmas (You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch).’ Deep Down, the Grinch has a good heart. I think the same goes for people, they just sometimes have a harder time of showing it.”
There are several more answers, but at risk of this getting too long and my editors thinking I’m just filling space, I’ll cut it right here.
I hope whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year is filled with love and joy and the spirit of the season.
Happy holidays to all!