There’s an intense, ongoing public debate over when it’s appropriate to start playing Christmas music. In our house, it’s year round whenever Brian’s iPod is on shuffle. But in terms of purposeful playing of holiday tunes, I start to integrate a few songs here and there starting in September and slide the favorites into more frequent rotation by mid-October. And by November? It’s Christmas, baby!
While Bing and Nat King Cole will forever be the voices of Christmas to me, and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, Handel’s “Hallelujah” Chorus, and Carol of the Bells my other cherished favorites, I’m always looking to expand my tastes which is why starting in about mid-November, my quest to compile the perfect Christmas playlist becomes all-consuming.
Lately, I’ve been really digging the Pentatonix 2016 Christmas Album. I recently watched their incredible cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” for the first time and was blown away. If you haven’t watched the video, take a moment and watch. It’s achingly perfect and I challenge you to only watch it once.
Actually, before I jump off this topic, some of you might be surprised to hear that I sang in various choirs growing up and through college. I don’t have a great voice at all (!!!) but playing violin from a young age meant I could read music and had a good ear to be able to hear if I sang flat, so I was selected for various special choirs in elementary and middle schools.
It’s also how I ended up as one of a few students who were chosen to perform as part of a special group honoring the first graduating class from my elementary school. We sang popular stuff like, Happy Days Are Here Again and Would You Like to Swing on a Star.
Anyways, I mention because I’ve always admired groups like Pentatonix and think what they can do together with their voices is absolutely magical. It makes me miss performing not just in a choir, but in an orchestra. It’s so fun to be part of an ensemble and to create something beautiful with others.
Anyways, I’ve totally digressed. I think what I’m trying to say is that music is incredibly important to me which is why I feel particularly strong about enjoying it at the holidays. Whether you sing or play or just like to listen, instilling a love of music into our daughter is something Brian and I feel really strongly about, and, paired with our favorite time of year, it seems fitting to make the quest for the perfect Christmas playlist a top priority!
The above playlist was created by one of my favorite bloggers, the talented Gabrielle of Design Muse and it’s one of my favorites to date. I’d love to hear what your favorite Christmas or holiday songs (new or old) are. Hope you enjoy.