I own a vast selection of holiday music, everything from Vince Guaraldi to
Ella Fitzgerald to James Taylor to Dean Martin to Eartha Kitt to Nat King
Cole. I love holiday music, and since I work from home, I have the luxury of
being able to listen to it 24 hours a day, if I really want to.
Springsteen singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" helps pep me up
during a long afternoon at my desk, Doris Day singing "I'll be Home for
Christmas" brings a tear to my eye. Dean Martin's "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
is almost as good as James Taylor's/Natalie Cole's update.
This year, I have been listening, almost exclusively, to "Holiday Traditions"
on Sirius XM radio, through our TV. I love the assortment, I hear songs I
imagine my Grandma Betty singing to while she made party mix, or that I
remember my mom listening to while she ironed our clothes for our church's
Rosemary Clooney and Burl Ives always stop by for a song, Ediye Gorme &
Steve Lawrence add their holiday wishes. There are little snippets of
classic holiday bits, everything from Bob Hope entertaining the troops, to
James Stewart calling for Mary in "It's a Wonderful Life". And it seems
when I am feeling sorriest for myself, that I won't get to be with my family
for Christmas, there will be a message from a soldier far away, letting his
loved ones know how much he misses them, and looks forward to being with
them again someday.
And then I end my little pity party, and look at my pretty tree, and listen to
Charlie beg for the 500th time to open a gift, and look at all of the beautiful
cards we have received from family and friends, and remind myself how
very lucky I am.
What is YOUR favorite holiday song, and why?