The other evening, as we drove to my dad’s for dinner, my sister suddenly exclaimed, “No … no, no, oh no!” I nearly drove off the road looking for the police car, near collision, or body along side the road. Alas, it was none other than Last Christmas playing on the radio.
I feel her pain.
Said radio station began playing Christmas music a week before Thanksgiving. Yes, you read that correctly. A week … before Thanksgiving. Needless to say, if I hear “Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer”one more time, someone is going down. And let’s face it–there are better places to spend your holidays than a jail cell.
Perhaps it best I stick with a few favorites; songs like …
It is His Birthday | The Oak Ridge Boys–The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas was a staple growing up. To this day, I can’t hear It is His Birthday without feeling a mite giddy …
Worship the King | Sandy Patti–the same goes for Sandy Patti; the first time I heard this song I imagined it what the angels and shepherds sang on that night so long ago
White Christms | Bing Crosby–please; this one goes without saying …
The First Noel | Al Green–oh how I love me some Al Green. sigh.
Music Box Christmas–as a teenager, my aunt and uncle owned the most magical Christmas store; one of the CDs they played was A Music Box Christmas; now, whenever I hear one of the songs I swear I smell the scent of pine and cinnamon, and glimpse the twinkling of lights, the intricate natvity displays and the festive trees
The Twelve Days of Christmas | John Denver & The Muppets–one word: Beeker
Sleigh Ride | Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops–the next best thing to actually taking a sleigh ride … and you stay warm!
Peace on Earth/Silent Night | Dean Martin–personally, I believe you cannot go wrong with the rat pack … and this one is a favorite
Santa Baby | Eartha Kitt–I cannot believe anyone would even attempt to re-record this song. Please.
Away in a Manager | Orla Fallon–I’ve always felt this song one more for children … until I heard this
Silent Night | Enya–a version that actually puts the peace back in the season …
Might you have a few favorites; or do you prefer the sound of silence to any sort of Christmas music?