Christmas Tunes, Favorite and Non

New game: every Monday or so I’ll do one of these posts where I tell you my favorite something-or-other and then ask yours. I will get more comments (for one day) and be pleased with myself, you will get to opine, and we’ll all enjoy each other’s faves.

Today: Christmas songs. While they’re still fresh in your head, name your favorite and least favorite, in two categories: Religious and secular. (For a total of four songs.)

My list:

  • Favorite religious: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
  • Least favorite religious: Away in a Manger.” It’s sentimental, not worshipful. Also, baby Jesus cried, folks. Also, I don’t have a cradle, so I don’t know how Jesus is supposed to stand by it all night.
  • Favorite secular: Merry Christmas Baby,” Otis Redding. (Close runner-up is “Please Come Home for Christmas,” of which Willie Nelson has a nice version in addition to the more familiar Eagles one.)
  • Least favorite secular: The Christmas Song” (“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” etc.)
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Comments

  1. FR: “o come, o come emmanuel”- rosie thomas released a fantastically delicate version this year. it gives me chills. i love the lyrics are has rich and historical, clearly pleading for the first coming of Christ in Jesus, but can still be our cry today.

    LFR: “mary, did you know?” i am scarred by 5+ consecutive christmas eve liturgical dances to this song by awkward teenagers. besides that, may i remind you, an angel of the LORD visited mary…and she got the message. and it’s propensity of this song to be covered by the likes of clay aiken and reba further substantiate my ranking.

    FS: “christmas song” dave matthews. is this secular? sure. if not, “river” by joni mitchell.

    LFS: “jingle bells”. campy. i can’t stand it. make it stop.

    honorable mention: my absolute favorite christmas song growing up was “once upon a christmas” by kenny & dolly. we played it on the record player repeatedly and christmas eve culminated in a very serious interpretive dance, choreographed by yours truly.

  2. (The above comment is making me laugh…”mary did you know?”…if I had thought of it, that could have been mine. Awkward teenagers…hah!! And yeah…she did know.)

    FR: “O Holy Night”, but that is a given. This year it was “What Child Is This?” – a total different experience to go through my first Christmas as a mom. We were two lines into it before the tears came. But I must confess, I am just not mature enough to sing the line…”where ox and ass are feeee-ding” with a straight face :)

    LFR: “Do You Hear What I Hear” – it just sounds silly.

    FS: “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey – oh, somebody stop me!! I can’t help it – I love that song! I can be in the most somber of moods, but as soon as that catchy jingle comes on, my feet start tapping and my head starts bobbing.

    LFS: “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” – shut up.

  3. FR: Joy To The World
    LFR: Silent Night (at least the first verse is a little too idealic for me – I mean, come on all is calm, silent… loud praising and worship, as well as death and mourning, started pretty soon after Jesus’ birth…) [close second: I agree with Kristi, “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, little cheesy]
    FS: Sarejevo 12/24 (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
    LFS: Feliz Navidad (drives me crazy and can’t get it out of my head)

  4. –Angels We Have Heard on High: I’ve always loved it, and now Sam sings it too (“Oh-eee-oh-eee-oh-eee-oh…”)
    –O Holy Night (sorry, Kristi): I just think, like the National Anthem, EVERYONE thinks they can sing it well, so EVERYONE tries

    –All I Want for Christmas Is You (we’re still friends, Kristi!): Maybe not the best secular ever, but awfully wonderful to have been introduced in our lifetime
    –My Grown-Up Christmas List: NO WAY.

  5. Marty Altman says:

    Still to this day I can’t hear “Feliz Navidad” without wondering who is having a birthday. Ah, college memories.

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