The day after Thanksgiving I set my radio dial to the 24 hour Christmas station. I bring up all my CDs up from the Christmas decoration box. And we go into full Christmas music rotation. I love Christmas music and can’t get enough of it. It was difficult narrowing it down to just ten favorites, but here is my best attempt.
- The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole): My pastor’s wife spoke at MOPS last week and told us that without this song, Christmas hasn’t started. I tend to agree. We had this record (RECORD) growing up and I used to love listening to it. This man’s voice is butter. BUTTAH!!!
- White Christmas (Bing Crosby): Since we are talking classics, we MUST talk Bing Crosby. Love the movie, love the song, love the voice. Anything Christmas-y is just better when Bing Crosby sings it. Nuff said.
- All I Want for Christmas is You (Mariah Carey): I consider this a classic. You can’t help but sing and dance along when it comes on. And it makes me extra happy because it reminds of the movie “Love Actually” which is one of my Christmas favorites.
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/ We Three Kings (Barenaked Ladies-Sarah McLachlan): Is there anything more fun than this song??? Seriously, it is so much fun that sometimes I just put it on repeat. Of course I pretend I am Sarah and sing her part. And last year at church we performed it and I got to be her. Sigh. It was the best Christmas present ever.
- Silent Night (Manheim Steamroller): I think you either love or hate Manheim Steamroller. My hubby happens to be in the later category. But my parents loved them and so they were a part of every Christmas when I was growing up. I used to lay under our Christmas tree at night with all the lights off and only the glow of the tree and listen to this song. To me it is just magical.
- All is Well (Point of Grace): Typically I despise anything by Point of Grace, much to the dismay of my BFF Courtney. But maybe because it is her birthday, or maybe it is because I love this song in general, or maybe because they actually sound decent on this song. All kidding aside, this song is so beautiful and I love this version. Don’t tell anyone I said that.
- O Holy Night (Josh Groban or Kelly Clarkson): Hands down, this is my favorite Christmas song. But I haven’t found the perfect version. Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson come the closest. Celine Dion is pretty amazing as well. Actually the version on the new Glee CD would be my favorite, but they managed to not do some of the lyrics about Christ being Lord. Someone forgot to tell them that it is a pretty impossible song to take the Christian out of. But they obviously gave it their best shot.
- Breathe of Heaven (Amy Grant): Christmas isn’t Christmas without Amy Grant. I own all of her Christmas albums. Growing up I sang “Heirlooms” every year on Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember. One year I tried to switch it up and sang “O Holy Night”. People rebelled and asked for a refund. I kid, my church didn’t charge admission. But finally one year I switched to “Breathe of Heaven” and people seemed to be OK with that. So apparently as long as it was Amy Grant people were OK with that. This song is haunting and beautiful and an absolute favorite.
- You’re Here (Francesca Battistelli): I heard this on the radio a few weeks ago for the first time and found myself weeping. I have found that since becoming a mom the Christmas story just takes on a whole new level and I found myself totally drawn to Mary’s story. Which is why I love Breathe of Heaven so much. But this song is written from Mary’s perspective as she holds her newborn son. Please tell me I am not the only one who needs a tissue when they hear it.
- Welcome To Our World (Chris Rice): To me this song has some of the most beautiful descriptions of what the Christmas story really is. So I will leave you with the last verse, which is my favorite.
Fragile finger sent to heal us
Tender brow prepared for thorn
Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us is born
Unto us is born
So wrap our injured flesh around You
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sin and make us holy
Perfect Son of God
Perfect Son of God
Welcome to our world
This post is linked up to Top Ten Tuesday at Oh Amanda.