Holidays songs, that is!
I know I’ve spent a lot of time talking about the songs I hate. Well, you’re probably wondering what songs I actually LOVE. Or maybe you’re not wondering, but I’m going to tell you anyway.
I really can’t number these in order, except for my top two, so I’m just going to give you all 10!
Theo’s Favorite: Linus and Lucy (aka The Snoopy Song)
This song rocks all the way around. The whole A Charlie Brown Christmas album rocks too, but this song is just the best. We are big Snoopy fans over here, not in small part because our pups are beagles and so is Snoopy. And actually Theo’s bedroom is decorated in Snoopy. Which is so weird since Snoopy is the mascot of Knott’s Berry Farm and this is a Disney blog, but…deal. We are such Snoopy fans and fans of this song that at our wedding, we had our friend escort our beagle, Scout, to us so we could use this song as the recessional for our ceremony!
Thank You Santa Claus (Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites)
I have completely fallen in love with a cartoon on the Disney channel called Phineas and Ferb. It’s about two stepbrothers (Phineas and Ferb, strangely enough), who spend every day of their summer vacation building these amazing things (rollercoaster across the city, rocket ship to the moon, time machine) and go on adventures. The B plot surrounds their pet platypus, Perry, who unbeknownst to them is actually a secret agent battling the goofy evil scientist Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Okay, I’ve gone on long enough except to say that there is a lot of humor for the adults, and none of the characters are mean to each other. Even the bully is still their friend. Anyway, they have an awesome Christmas episode and this song runs over the final credits. The tune is so catchy!
Song For A Winter’s Night (Sarah McLachlan)
Departing from the kid music, I love Sarah McLachlan’s holiday album, Wintersong. I particularly like her version of this song. It’s not actually about Christmas, but it’s awesome.
The Christians and the Pagans (Dar Williams)
Okay, this one will tickle your funny bone while it leaves your toes tapping. What happens when a pagan niece decides to stop by her Christian uncle’s house on Christmas Eve? Here ya go.
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Tchaikovsky–The Nutcracker Suite)
Christmas isn’t Christmas without the Nutcracker Suite. Most versions are good, so I picked one at random for you. You’ll have to turn up your volume:
Carol of the Bells
At heart, I’m a traditionalist. I particularly love orchestras and choirs. I think this one is a great song for a choir. For this one, we’re going with the Boston Pops Orchestra:
And while we’re hanging out with the Boston Pops, how can I leave out Sleigh Ride??? This version of Sleigh Ride will forever in my mind be the gold standard and true classic.
For Unto Us a Child is Born (Handel: Messiah)
Man, I love these choirs. This is the London Symphony Orchestra.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
This is my 2nd favorite song, and I’ve never heard a traditional arrangement I didn’t love. This one is the choir of Clare College in Cambridge.
And my favorite Christmas song of all time?
O Holy Night
So many versions of this song to love. Here’s the Mormon Tabernacle Choir:
Feel free to share your favorites in the comments.