Holiday Playlist

Submitted by OWB Blogger of the Month, Heather Davis

Dec Mix TapeEvery single day. That’s how often I could listen to Christmas music: Every. Single. Day. Of. The. Year.

I love it! I love it all! So, my playlist is a little long today—it has 4,267 songs on it and lasts 513,528 minutes.

I jest—just a little bit. Today, for you, though, I’ll try to contain it to about a dozen of my favorite Christmas songs.

  1. Merry Christmas From The Family. I prefer the version sung by the Dixie Chicks with Rosie O’Donnell. (There was a time where I reminded my friends of Rosie O’Donnell. Now? Not so much.) For me—not including the birth baby Jesus—this song sums up Christmas. It’s all about family, dysfunctional as any family can be, Christmas is about family coming together and bonding over such things as AA, cans of spray snow, and dreaded yet loved family pictures.
  2. Merry Christmas, Baby. When I was a freshman in high school, I loved Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. When Bruce sang “Merry Christmas, Baby,” I would pretend he was singing to me ‘cause I sure do treat him right. Don’t tell anyone, but I still kinda pretend he sings to me.
  3. Merry Christmas, Darling. Boy, did Karen Carpenter have a set of vocal chords on her skinny, little body, right? In high school, our choir sang this and to this day, I can still sing the alto parts of this song. I can also sing the alto part of “The Hallelujah Chorus” and proudly do so every holiday season with the symphony. I am usually asked to leave after my performance, but whatevs. I can still kick tail with my low voice.
  4. Little Town. Amy Grant’s version of “O Little Town Of Bethlehem” is one of my favorites to belt out when I’m driving alone. When I was a kid, I used to not like the song “O Little Town of Bethlehem” because it was boring. Little Town is a very pretty, very sing-along-able song.
  5. Santa Baby. I don’t think there’s a bad version of this song. Personally, this is our Christmas Eve song. Once the girls are in bed and the presents are laid out. I slip into something red and slinky and snuggle up next to my hubby as this song plays. TMI? Yeah, well. That’s what I’m known for.
  6. Silent Night. Absolutely no Christmas playlist would be complete without this song on the list. Not only are the legends and the history of this song tender and fascinating (All the soldiers in the fox holes stood up and put down their weapons to sing together during WWII, y’all!), but it’s a beautiful song. And when Stevie Nicks sings this song? It’s like being wrapped in love.
  7. Christmas in Hollis. Run DMC bridges the gap between the urban youth and the suburban mom with this holiday hit. Who doesn’t celebrate Christmas with collard greens and macaroni and cheese? (If it’s you, don’t even mail my invitation—I’m not coming.)
  8. Christmas Wrapping. I know this song has a lot of haters, but it gets nothing but love from me. I have no idea what The Waitresses are saying or what it all means, but I do love this little song. I challenge you to listen to it without moving.
  9. Good Christian Men Rejoice. This song makes me very happy because when I was a little girl and we’d sing this at church, I got to say ass without getting into trouble. We had to wait until the verse was over, though, before we started giggling. Sing it with me, y’all, Good Christian Men Rejoooooiiice with heart and soul and voooooiice. Give ye heed to what we say, Jesus Christ was born today. Ox and ass before him bow and he is in the manger now. Christ is born todaaaaaay! Christ is born today. {Snicker, snicker, snicker}
  10. On This Winter’s Night. Lady Antebellum is my younger daughter’s favorite group. She loves “Downtown,” “Hey Bartender,” and “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” and can belt them out like she’s a member of the band. When she sings “On This Winter’s Night,” my heart just completely melts.
  11. White Christmas. My husband is such a funny guy. He rolls his eyes when he catches me listening to Christmas music anytime before Halloween and after the new year—which is practically every day. BUT, when he’s just standing around or sitting around or doing nothing in particular, he belts out “White Christmas.” In his defense, he probably thinks it’s foreplay. And, he’s right. I love a deep voiced man singing Christmas songs; what can I say?
  12. O Come All Ye Faithful. If there’s a holiday song that truly sums up the entire season for me, it’s this one. I know I said that about “Merry Christmas From The Family,” but “O Come All Ye Faithful” does a beautiful song of what we need to do with ourselves during Christmas. This season is not for me to just sit back and enjoy the season and the love and grace that’s given to me; this season is to also call others to come and partake of same love and grace. My favorite versions are by Darius Rucker, Weezer, Rend Collective and Patty Loveless. How’s that for eclectic? Just like our wonderful world. Just like this wonderful season.

Oklahoma Women Blogger members Mari Farthing & Marisa Mohi host a Mix Tape Shuffle each month at their own blogs, with a linkup to share posts. Do you want to play along with the shuffle? Post a link to your playlist below! We’ll keep the link up open through the month so visit back often to see new playlists posted.

10708675_10204374847624605_1087156169693591547_oHeather Davis is a momma, a writer and the ham in her generational sandwich. She & her husband have two daughters and a seventy-six year old momma, all living under the same roof. She is the award-winning author of the TMI Mom book series and blogs at www.Minivan-Momma.com.

 



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