So, to avoid sounding like Scrooge by only posting my dislikes, I will now list holiday songs I DO enjoy. Feel free to disagree-- Jesus gave everyone their own likes and dislikes. But don't rain on my parade too much. I have some weird tastes. I won't apologize.
(Disclaimer: These songs are listed in no particular order. They are numbered merely for my benefit.)
Christmas Songs I Enjoy (Or that make me happy)
- Last Christmas (Wham)
Yes, I know this song isn't about Jesus... But it makes me laugh. It's so horribly cheesy. My favorite part just may be the music video. I really DO love the 80's...
- All I Want For Christmas is You (Mariah Carey)
I don't know why I like this song... The more I have listened to it, the more it's grown on me. I guess I just like how it's upbeat.
- Christmas Waltz
There are a lot of versions of this song out there. I just attached Frank's because it seems to be the original(?). I like this song mostly because it doesn't get stuck in my head for endless hours and it's easy to sing along with it.
- Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it snow! (Michael Buble)
A classic, no doubt. But I really prefer the jazzy Michael Buble version. It makes me happy.
- Sleigh Ride (Instrumental version)
I prefer Sleigh Ride to be only instrumental. I'm not against the words, but in this particular case I enjoy the melody more than the lyrics.
- Carol of the Bells (Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
Does this song remind anyone else of Home Alone? Or was it Home Alone 2? Hm... My high school choir used to sing this around Christmas. A lot. I still know the alto part.
- What Child is This? (The Hymnal)
A classic. Greensleeves? Whatever. I like minor keys.
- O Come, O Come Emmanuel (The Hymnal)
I had a lot of songs to choose from in the Hymnal... I guess I really like the lyrics and melody of this song.
- Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (The Hymnal)
I know churches hardly ever do this song-- but I think it's really beautiful and sadly under-appreciated. Is that a word? It is now.
- I'll Be Home For Christmas (Michael Buble)
So, I think this song can definitely be overplayed. But I love the Michael Buble version. He can come to my home for Christmas any day. As long as he doesn't sing his version of "Grown-Up Christmas List. Ew.
- It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas (Harry Connick Jr.)
I think I have a thing for guys who sing in the crooner-style voices. Anyway, I like his version of this song. I'm sure the original is great too.
- What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? (Ella Fitzgerald)
I like jazz songs. This one-- does it count as a Christmas song?-- makes me happy inside. Thus it makes the list.
And there you have it. What makes me sad is that secular Christmas radio stations don't play very many songs that talk about Jesus. Maybe that's why I get tired of "regular" Christmas songs? Please feel free to share your favorites with me!