The Sounds of Christmas

Well, I managed to wait until AFTER Thanksgiving before I cranked up the sounds of Christmas. I was very tempted a few months ago to pop in a few of my favorite Christmas CD’s but it was only October and we hadn’t given proper homage to Thanksgiving. Hey! Thanksgiving deserves respect! It got it and I was and still am very thankful for family, friends, good food, and Christmas music. Now, it’s time to crank it up!

My likes are all over the place. Alvin and the Chipmunks’ ‘Christmas Don’t be Late’ still makes me smile and ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,’ totally cracks me up. Now that there are grandmothers in the picture (my mommy and Darling D’s mommy), I guess that song shouldn’t make me laugh as much, but (hee, hee) it does. They wouldn’t be “walking home on Christmas Eve” anyway (maybe Christmas Day, but not Christmas Eve), so I can laugh.

I remember hearing Amy Grant’s Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song) many years ago one Christmas. I was sitting in a room full of people and we all just sat in silence as we listened to “Mary” tell her story. Nobody said a word. It took me quite a few years later before I remembered the title and was able to find the song. I own the CD now that also has ‘My Grown-Up Christmas List’, which I also love, along with a few other favorites.

When I listen to ‘The Christmas Shoes’ song, I always try to see how far into the song I can go before I get that lump in my throat that eventually leads to a tear stained face one tear falling down my face. Before you watch the video or listen to the song, GRAB THE TISSUES!

If you thought white boys can jump, then you’ll also believe that they’ve got a little bit of soul in ‘em too after listening to ‘Don’t Save it All’ by Avalon. ‘Silent Night’ also sounds so much better when sung by the Temptations. I can’t tell you how many times I made my family listen to Karen Carpenter sing ‘Merry Christmas Darling‘ on a family road trip we took when I was younger. Imagine being stuck in the car from Tahoe to the Bay Area listening to my homemade cassette tape of favorite songs.

I get to cheat a little through the year because Judy Garland sings Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘, which is featured in the movie Meet Me in St. Louis. This movie can get special play anytime in the year, but we usually watch it around the Christmas season. Recently, in the past few years, one of my favorite groups sings ‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day‘. This is such a beautiful song.

Because I am close to you all, I am going to share something special about me. I don’t know how it happened, but I remember where I was when I first heard his voice and “he does write the songs!” I’m a Barry Manilow fan so, of course, I have to put in one of his Christmas CD’s. Because I’m not a one man woman – only in song, I swoon (just a little) when I hear Nat sing ‘The Christmas Song‘ and it is then that I really know it’s Christmas.

I could go on for days, but my list is getting rather long. When do you officially allow Christmas music to be played in your home? What are some of your all-time, or new, favorites?

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2 Responses to “The Sounds of Christmas”

  • Comment from Dee

    I actually started before Thanksgiving this year. We went to an early Christmas parade and that really put me in a holiday mood. I love anything sung by Ella Fitzgerald and I really like the Elf soundtrack. I have so many favorites though!

    Wow! You started early. I was sooo tempted. I’m going to check out some Ella Fitzgerald Christmas. The kids and I just finished studying the state of VA and we learned about Ella. We watched some of her music videos and I “taught” the kids how to scat. I’ve never seen ELF, but heard it is quite funny.

  • Comment from Barb

    My faves are all of the old Andy Williams Christmas songs! DS11 loves listening to Steven Curtis Chapman’s cd where Shaoey was on it. Michael Buble and Perry Como are faves, too. Mariah Carey, TransSiberian Orchestra , and Mannheim Steamroller get played on my ipod!

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