Getting in the Holiday Spirit

I don’t like to go shopping under the best of circumstances and as a general rule I don’t like crowds, so hitting the stores on Black Friday, when everyone is in a turkey- and bargain-fueled frenzy, is totally not my scene. (Really, you’d have to put a solid effort into finding something I would enjoy less.) I prefer to ease into the holiday season, and this year did so by watching Love Actually. Twice.

I now have “All I Want for Christmas is You” stuck in my head, which – combined with the annual loading of holiday music onto my iPhone, another of today’s activities – has me thinking about what new festive tunes I need to add to my collection.

So, a question for all of you reading this: what’s your favorite holiday song/album – either classic or (preferably) new. Tell me in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “Getting in the Holiday Spirit

  1. Is my favorite holiday movie! I know there are better ones, and more traditional ones, but I watch Love Actuallyevery year.

    As for music, I am a sucker for Bing Crosby – any holiday song or Jewel’s O Holy Night. Right up there is Harry Connick Jr with Ave Maria and I Pray on Christmas.

  2. They’re not necessarily new, but contemporary. The three albums that get the heaviest rotation in my collection are: Sarah McLachlan’s “Wintersong,” Annie Lennox’s “A Christmas Cornucopia” and Aaron Neville’s “Soulful Christmas”.

  3. They’re not new, but are contemporary. The 3 albums in my playlist that get the heaviest rotation are: “Wintersong” by Sarah McLachlan, “A Christmas Cornucopia,” by Annie Lennox, and “A Soulful Christmas” by Aaron Neville.

  4. Admittedly, my disconnect with the religious origin of Christmas has me less enamored of the more church-related songs (I like the tunes and harmonies, but don’t relate to some of the pious messages). My favorites from the past few years tend to talk of the gathering of family and the simple secular joys of the season:

    – “Getting Ready For Christmas Day” – Paul Simon
    – “Christmas Day” – Emmy the Great and Tim Wheeler
    – much of the a’capella work on the two holiday albums by Straight No Chaser

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