Wednesday, December 21

A Few Christmas Favorites

First, a big congratulations to Carolyn McCutcheon ~ your name was drawn during a super-duper giveaway last week...and you get a prezzie from me! Just shoot me an email (kristina @ kristinaknightauthor.com) and I'll get your prize right out to you!

One with the regular post!

I talk about favorite things a lot - favorite foods, TV shows, movies, Christmas decorations...the list goes on. But we're in the middle of the Week Before Christmas, and that has me thinking about one specific set of favorites - my favorite Christmas songs, and yes, a few of them are from Christmas specials.

Y'all know by now that I adore Christmas music. I start listening to it sporadically around July and once Halloween is over, it's playing pretty much non-stop in my house and on my radio (SIRIUS/XM Holly is my favorite radio channel. Like, ever).

My favorite songs of the season vary by year and week and, sometimes, by the day. But as I'm writing this blog on Sunday night, after spending most of the day watching bebe swim and looking out the window to see a lot of snow and ice on the ground, these are the three that are giving me the most feels. So they're my (current) favorites:

Wham! "Last Christmas" -- this one has been re-done until it's almost overdone...and none of the new versions is as good as the first. At least, in my opinion. George Michael singing about holiday heartbreak is just...sighworthy. Here's the video:



Bing Crosby "White Christmas" -- I love the musical, which is probably why I really love this song. The melancholy of Bing's voice, though, just takes me away. And I'm right there with him, wishing for yesterday, hoping for...something, I'm not quite sure what. A close runner up to 'White Christmas' (naturally) is Judy Garland's version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". I just saw the movie 'Meet Me in St. Louis' a couple of years ago (I know, where have I been?!?), and that movie made me love this song even more. When she sings Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas to her sister, I just melt. I also love that these are two of the most-used Christmas Special songs - be those specials special holiday episodes of favorite shows or straight-up, music-only special events.

Josh Groban "Believe" -- I adore Josh Groban. I love the way his voice can hit the highs and just destroy those low notes, and I love that most of his music seems to have a message. Believe is my favorite of his songs, and that's partially because I also adore 'The Polar Express'. I think, especially these days, that the message of believing in and having faith in something that is bigger than we are is important. I also feel like part of the message of this song is about believing in ourselves, and who can't use a little more of that kind of belief?

Here's the video:



And then there is my favorite (at least this year) and it's from what is probably my favorite Christmas Special of my childhood: the Muppet's 12 Days of Christmas. I adored the Muppets when I was a kid, and their Christmas Specials were definitely must-see-TV. This one is filled with Fozzy being a little fuzzy on his part, and there is Piggy making a spectacle of herself and John Denver looking a little bit surprised through the whole thing. It's just perfect - as a Christmas Special and as a favorite song. Here's a little video (you knew I had to find one, didn't you?):



So, that's my list. A few of my favorite Christmas songs - and we didn't even get to the carols - "Silent Night" is a particular favorite, along with "The First Noel" and "O Holy Night". 

Do you have a favorite Christmas song? Share yours in the comments - I've got another fun giveaway this week..something holiday-ish could be coming your way...so get commenting!


~Kristina

10 comments:

  1. I adore the Muppet and John Denver soundtracks! We would play it on repeat for hours on end! Aside from every song on that tape, I also love the Hallelujah Chorus and Carol of the Bells (pretty much every dong I can't ever hope to sign with my off-key warbling! )

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  2. I also love the Muppets!! My favorite songs are a bit irreverent....Bob and Doug McKenzie's 12 Days of Christmas; Adam Sandler's Hannukah Song; Walking 'Round in Women's Underwear, and I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.

    But my all time favorite traditional Christmas Carol is O Holy Night.

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    1. Ha! I *love* the Hannukah Song - so silly!!

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  3. I think I love every single thing you mentioned. I'm a big fan of "Mary, Did you Know?" and "Hallelujah" (which I know isn't supposed to be Christmas but you can't tell my heart that).

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  4. Mary's Boy Child by Boney M and The Marvelous Toy by Peter, Paul, and Mary or John Denver, I'm not picky. To really get me in the Christmas mood, I listen to Dan Folgelberg's First Christmas Morning CD. It's like Christmas meets renaissance fair. Oh, and Same Old Lang Syne--love that one. It's like a romance novel wrapped up in a song.

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    1. RadioMan's favorite is Same Old Lang Syne!! Love some Fogelberg!

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  5. I love so much Christmas music, it is hard to choose a favorite. I love all of the ones you mentioned. Teh Pentatonix version of Mary, Did You Know is definitely one of my top three.

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    1. Pentatonix is a new favorite of ours (bebe requests them all the time!)!

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