On the other side of that coin, WHY do they stop playing it altogether at noon on Christmas day? It is CHRISTMAS DAY. Maybe if you hadn't been sitting in your little DJ booth listening to it 24-7 for the past 65 and one half days you'd be a little more tolerant of it on this day of our Savior's birth. You know, the ONE DAY we've been working up to all this time?
ANYWAY...Kim over at The Fordeville Diaries who always (as in ALWAYS) makes me laugh, comprised a short list of her favorite holiday tunes and invited other bloggers to join in. At least I think she invited other bloggers to join in. In any case, I know you've all been pining the days away wondering, "What are her favorite Christmas songs? I simply must know!" Well, wait no more because here they are...
5. Carol of the Bells.
I have loved this song ever since the day I first saw 'Home Alone' a LONG time ago. I saw it when it was in theaters. This song is beautiful and a little bit haunting and it makes me want to run home and booby trap my house. Not really. But it does channel my Christmas spirit.
4. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire).
More specifically, the version sung by the great Nat King Cole. Besides the fact that this song is a classic, it also reminds me of my childhood. I remember playing this CASSETTE TAPE on the JAM BOX (see how I dated myself there?) while helping decorate the Christmas tree. This song also makes me picture a scene with people walking along snow-covered sidewalks with packages and shopping bags, smiling and laughing and just plain giddy over their purchases ("as shoppers rush home with their treasures"). And what a lovely scene that is. Of course, having lived somewhere that it snows, I know that snow-covered sidewalks are a bitch and people are neither laughing OR smiling about that mess. Nevertheless, that's the scene in my head.
3. Baby It's Cold Outside by Dean Martin.
I don't feel like this one requires much of an explanation because ELF and also because it is chocked full of musical awesomeness. What with the his and her back-and-forth duet and the subtle "let's get it on" undertones. If this diddy doesn't make you want to grab your sweetie and run through the seven levels of the candy cane forest, then I don't know what will.
2. Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan.
Because sometimes during the holidays I want to sit in an oversized chair and weep into my coffee (or wine...you know, depending on time of day). I admit it. This song is depressing. But it is also beautiful. Once you get over the fact that Sarah has ruined everyone in America's life with those damn Humane Society commercials, maybe you can learn to love this one too.
1. Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton.
I'm not sure why I love this song so. Neither do I remember when I first heard it. I am from Texas, so I was kind of destined to like country music. I know there are some Texans out there that don't but I'm not clear on how that could have happened. Anyway, I hope the fact that I adore this song doesn't subconsciously say something about me. Because it is kind of whack. And I cannot for the life of me figure out what hard candy has to do with Christmas. Is there a hidden meaning I don't know about?
Actual Lines from song:
Hey, maybe I'll learn to sew
Maybe I'll just lie low
Maybe I'll hit the bars
Maybe I'll count the stars
Until the dawn
I'll be just fine and dandy
Lord it's like a hard candy Christmas.
Earlier in the song she talked about getting drunk on apple wine, so that could explain the confusing turn these lyrics have taken. I think you've had enough, Dolly. But I got nothin' but love for ya.