I’ve not quite gotten into the Christmas spirit yet, but I believe that I am well on my way. One of the things that I have been doing in an attempt to feel more festive, is listening to Christmas music.
Now, I’m one of those people who refuses to listen to Christmas music until it is December. I mean, for heck’s sake, if we are still winding down from Halloween, then we shouldn’t be screaming carols at the top of our lungs.
However, now that it is December, I am okay with some Christmas music. In fact, I have a few favorites.
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O Holy Night – I love this song (especially this version by Josh Groban) because the lyrics perfectly capture the feeling of utter awe that the shepherds and wise-men must have felt when they got to meet the baby Jesus. Paired with Josh Groban’s amazing vocals, the song never fails to send shivers down my spine.
Mary Did You Know? – This song describes the questions I would want to ask if I ever got the chance to meet the virgin Mary. Did she ever really fathom what her son would grow up to do? I don’t think I ever would have imagined it if I were her.
Carol of The Bells (Instrumental Only) – Don’t shoot me, but I’ve never really liked any of the vocal versions of this song. While beautiful, they just don’t hold any effect for me. I like for this to be played on, well, bells. The Trans-Siberian orchestra manages to effortlessly blend a symphony with rock music in a way that simply makes me feel happy.
Do You Hear What I Hear? – My God, I love this song. I love everything about it. And Carrie Underwood sings it beautifully. I am envious.
Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy (Bing Crosby and David Bowie) – These two legends blend these two songs together seamlessly in a way that simply gives me goosebumps. I will never not love this beautiful rendition.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – I swear, Pentatonix makes the prettiest Christmas music!
White Christmas – Bing Crosby appears on this list again in a lovely song about reminiscing. I love this song so much, especially this year while I’ve been struggling to feel happy about Christmas. When I was little, I always had amazing Christmases, sometimes it would even snow! What I wouldn’t give to feel that again.
Silent Night – Jackie Evancho, just… SHE WAS TEN WHEN SHE SANG THIS. What a voice.
12 Days of Christmas – This version of the song by Relient K really gets be pumped and manages to make me giggle at the same time. Definitely the most extra Christmas song on this list.
Angels We Have Heard On High – The Piano Guys (also, Peter Hollens) in general are breathtaking, but this version of Angels We Have Heard On High takes my breath away. More than a thousand people came together to form a choir, and if that isn’t Christmas fellowship, then I don’t know what is.
The First Noel – Celtic Woman’s version of this song is my absolute favorite. Nothing can top the sheer beauty of this rendition. It is soft without losing the emotion and inflection that the song calls for.
So yeah, my music tastes definitely aren’t the most “mainstream”, you could say. While I can tolerate more pop varieties of carols, I much prefer classic hymnal carols. They are far more soothing to me, and I’m more liable to enjoy something if I feel comfortable with it. These songs make me comfortable during the Christmas season.
What are some of your favorite Christmas carols? Do you tend to lean towards the more pop or classical side of things? Or are you in the middle? Do we share any favorites?