It is not a secret that I love Christmas carols. In fact, those I live/work with would probably protest that I like them a little too much. Be that as it may, I thought I would take a moment to list my absolute favourites. For no other reason than to give me something to post about, which is tough at the moment because I am so busy that I have nothing to actually talk about!
My very favourite religious Christmas song is “Oh, Holy Night”. There are many ways this song can be sung however I happen to appreciate a candlelit church at midnight on Christmas Eve. Perhaps tied with “Silent Night”.
My favourite traditional Christmas carol is “Good King Wenceslas”. This must be sung with gusto and fervour. The best version is by The Cleveland Orchestra, although if you are willing to channel the spirit of Bean Bunny from The Muppet Christmas Carol then be my guest (at about 3:45 on this video).
My favourite religious popular culture Christmas song is “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”, which will forever remind me of Mickey Rooney in the film of the same name. Fabulous.
My favourite non-religious popular culture Christmas song is “Fairytale of New York” by the Pogues I probably hear this song upwards of 100 times a season, but it still gives me goose bumps. If you have never heard it before then go and listen right away. Be warned, though, it’s not safe for work!
The saddest Christmas song of all time is “Christmas Shoes”. I think I may only have heard it once, but much like Marley’s ghost, it haunts me to the core. Whose idea was it to write such an awful, depressing song for Christmas? Sheesh!
My favourite comedic Christmas song is “A Christmas Carol” by Tom Lehrer. “It doesn’t matter how sincere it is, nor how heart-felt the spirit, sentiment will not endear it, what’s important is The PRICE!”
My favourite parody is “The Twelve Pains of Christmas” by Bob Rivers – “One light goes out they ALL go out!!!” Cracks me up.
And, of course, I would be crazy to end a post about Christmas songs without mentioning my love of “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” (The Irish Rovers, please) and, the most annoying Christmas song that somehow doesn’t annoy me, “I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas”.
So, let’s have it, then. Which songs get you humming along? Which tunes get your toes tapping? Is there a carol that causes you to lunge for the radio to switch stations the second it comes on? Do you feel your holiday season is incomplete without listening to any one particular song?
Here’s wishing you a melodious holiday season!