There are so many Christmas Songs that I doubt I could ever pick just one.
I recently came across a YouTube.com video entitled “Snoopy vs. The Red Baron (Snoopy’s Christmas).” I hadn’t even thought of the song for at least 22 years. Nevertheless, I knew every single word. I wasn’t able to find this on CD so I’m including a link to the YouTube version with the Royal Guardsman singing while you watch Snoopy dogfight. It’s a great feat of digital editing. And now I have to have it set to auto-replay right through Christmas.
Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” became my three-year-old niece’s favorite carol. Even though she was barely speaking English, her native tongue, boy, could she belt out that Spanish. Who could blame her? It’s catchy tune fairly screams “Sing Me, Sing Me. And Sing Me A LOT!” And I will, I promise.
I picked up my friend Colleen to go out right around Christmas and joked to her that her mom was not skipping Bingo because she wanted a rest. She couldn’t fool us that easily. I said if we waited outside, we’d see her just like Macaulay Culkin “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree.” We watched for a little bit but as hard as we tried to catch her in the act, we never did see her dance. If I had an alter ego I’d be a lounge singer and songs like this by Brenda Lee would be ones that brought my fans to their feet dancing.
“Carol of the Bells” I had to look very hard to find a version I liked I was in the Handbell Choir when I was growing up and loved it dearly. Carol of the Bells remains one of my favorites. I get goosebumps just hearing it. In my mind’s eye, I have those white cotton gloves on and am holing the bells firmly yet gently. You can find a great version on The Philhamonic Ochestra Handbell Christmas Favorites, Volume 1.
Another that can still give me goosebumps is Oh Holy Night! It’s solemn reverence make it a song that is only dung during Christmas Mass. It, to me, seems irreverent to sing it along with Frosty the Snowman, and Little Saint Nick. As much as I cannot stand her, even Celine Dion cannot ruin this song for me.
Two years ago I got my dad, my sister and her family, my brother and his family, and me a copy of John Denver & The Muppets: A Christmas Together. It went over well, to say the least. My nieces and nephew were still too young to appreciate the older Muppets (read, no Elmo) but the rest of us happily listened just like we did in decades ago when we first borrowed the LP from the library. Don’t put this one in the CD player if you want some nice, peaceful ambient music. Remember Animal? Well, he rocks in “Little Saint Nick.”
My sister’s family got one of the coolest gifts a few years ago from her sister-in-law, Melanie. Melanie found out each of the family’s favorite Christmas carol, put them all on CDs, and gave each family a CD. The songs ranged from Elizabeth’s Feliz Navidad to Nana favorite Polish Christmas Carol. She had 17 songs for the 17 members of the family. Though Nana died this year, we can all listen to her favorite Christmas Carol in its native Polish. I would bet good money that my brother-in-law has a Bing Crosby favorite, but I wouldn’t know if it were “White Christmas” or “Silver Bells.”
Now look what’s happened. I have to update my iPod with Christmas merriment.