Tuesday, December 22, 2009

holiday soundtrack

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

Christmas program.

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?


  1. Little Drummer Boy. I have no idea WHY - but I just sob every time I hear it and belt it out quite loudly. It's oddly embarrassing.

  2. Oh, this is so hard... I do love "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Dean Martin... then again, Kathy Mattea stops me in my tracks with her "Christmas Collage". I adore "Mary Did You Know?" by Kenny Rogers and Wynona Judd (and I can't say I'm a country fan). Last night, I listened to the soundtrack of "A Muppet Christmas Carol" which has some great songs on it. I guess variety is the spice of life. James Taylor's Christmas cd is awesome too. This is way too difficult! :o)


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