Okay, so we watched a cheesy Hallmark film about Christmas, it’s been admitted. Even though we are Floridians who look out the window to see a gust of wind flutter the palm trees instead of a gust of wind ushering a sharp cold wind inviting one to layer in clothing that would almost match Michelin Man, we still want to feel Christmas-ey.
If that means pretending the white weeds around us are snow, so be it. Hot cocoa in hand with a portable fan blowing on our faces, this is our top ten Christmas songs for the season:
1. “It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas” sung by Michael Buble.’ we sing during Christmas time. We decorate in the anticipation of the special holiday, looking around at the decorations that seem to relate to the song, ahh yes, “It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas.”
2.“White Christmas” by Dean Martin- you just can’t go wrong with Dino. This one is a classic and for good reason. Dean Martin’s baritone voice croons the words of reminiscence. He’s dreaming of the past Christmases he used to know. Christmas time is a perfect time for remembering fond moments from the past.
3.”O Holy Night” sung by Celine Dion- Really, there are so many wonderful versions of this song it’s difficult to pick. There’s something majestic about the climatic line “fall on your knees and hear the angel voices.” Whether a choir is singing the song or a solo singer, the song is a quintessential Christmas classic. Josh Groban’s version is equally stunning.
4.“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland. Who can argue that Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz has a wonderful voice? Judy Garland’s rendition is nothing short of magnificent.
“Next year all our troubles will be out of sight…” Who doen’t love hearing that line?
5.“The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) sung by Nat King Cole- Something seems to exude warmth from this song. Who doesn’t love the line about being a kid, even at ninety-two?
6.“The Little Drummer Boy” sung by Bing Crosby. The “face of Christmas,” Bing Crosby had to make it on this list. The heart of the “little drummer boy” endears many. He had no gifts to bring the little baby Jesus- only the beat of his drum. The take-away, whatever we bring with a heart of humbleness is cherished by Christ.
7.“Noel” by Lauren Daigle- This is a different “Noel” than most of us are used to. It has to be youtubed to get the full effect. There’s something goosebump worthy when Daigle reaches the lines “Noel, noel come and see what God has done.” This is a new one that may perhaps become a classic.
8.”What Child is This?” played by Lindsey Stirling- Stirling has amazing skills with the violin which is evident with her viral videos on youtube. This video shows her dancing sways with her instrument in the majestic winter snow.
9.”Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms gives us a familiar upbeat tune. Anyone remember it on Home Alone?
10.”Angels We Have Heard on High”– sung by Josh Groban and Brian McKnight. Personally this song reminds us of one of the beginning scenes of Little Women, a classic family holiday film staring Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes, Christian Bale, among others.
11.“O Come O Come Emmanuel” sung by Enya- this rendition feels like meets Christmas carolers. Weird combo, but it has an ethereal quality that we haven’t seen in earlier versions. Lindsey Stirling (the super talented dancing violinist) also has a very moving instrumental rendition accompanied by a young pianist who has challenges, but shines with joy in this video.
We hope everyone reading this has a very, Merry Christmas with your loved ones. Does anyone have any other special favorite Christmas songs to add to the list?