Well, it is almost over. The barrage of lights, sales, advertisements (the ones for the mall jewelers have to be the worst), tacky yard displays, crowds and music. Would you be surprised to find that Maui does have a radio station that plays all Christmas music all the time? I was. It seems, I don't know, out of place somehow. But I love it. I love the Christmas music. I start listening on Thanksgiving and work hard at hearing all of my cds throughout the season. It was all I listened to on my flights last week, I listen to it at the gym and while running, I foresake all other music for the entire season. I'm sure that I am unlike some of you, feeling a little sad to have to put it away. I won't until about a week after New Year's Day, so if you still want a cuppa and some relaxing holiday sounds, my house is the place to be.
That is not to say that I love all holiday music without discretion. There are some songs that, truthfully? Never should have been written. Here are a few categories of holiday music. I am sure that some of you will agree with my choices and some will be shocked that a song I hate is their all-time favorite. Or one that I cannot get through the season without is one that makes you want to stick needles in your ear drums. I have limited the selections in my lists to a few, but it took some work. I'd love it if you would add some in the comments. Make my lists more complete.
Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Domenic the Donkey ( I mean. Really) Silent Night by Stevie Nicks Absolutely any holiday song by the Beach Boys Jingle Bell Rock Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Feliz Navidad Haul out the Holly Step Into Christmas-Elton John (the admission is free?!) A Christmas to Remember-Dolly Parton Wonderful Christmas Time-Paul McCartney (and he was a Beatle?) Last Christmas-Wham Please Come Home for Christmas-Eagles Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)-U2 Thank God It's Christmas-Queen Christmas All Over Again-Tom Petty Do They Know It's Christmas Time?-Band Aid Nuttin' For Christmas-Smash Mouth Twelve Days of Christmas-Relient K Run, Run Rudolph-the Muppets Merry Christmas Darling-Jane Monheit Baby It's Cold Outside-Jane Monheit and Steve Tyrell
- Barry Manilow
- Neil Diamond (who told him that was a good idea?)
- Gloria Estefan
- Celine Dion singing Feliz Navidad
Blue Christmas-Elvis Presley White Christmas-Bing Crosby White Christmas-The Platters Santa Baby-Eartha Kitt Holly Jolly Christmas-Burl Ives Baby It's Cold Outside-Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong The Christmas Song-Nat King Cole and The Christmas Song-Johnny Mathis (I love the bass in this one) Bing Crosby's album, Merry Christmas Johnny Mathis-all of it Ray Conniff Singers-all of it Manhattan Transfer-Christmas Album A Winter's Solstice-especially the fifth and sixth collections Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Vince Guiraldi-Charlie Brown Christmas
- The Grinch (Original Movie Soundtrack)-I listen to this one at the gym, some of the songs should appeal to the grinch in everyone.
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As I said, these are only partial lists. I usually add to my library of holiday music every year and this year I added the Josh Groban and Chris Botti albums. Both are wonderful. So, what are your favorites and hates of the season?
Gingerbread houses courtesy of the staff where we are staying. I love the frosted mini wheat bricks and the snowmen inside the ginger people's house. And of course the snow. I'd have had palm trees on mine.