Christmas All Over Again

26 Nov

You can do every one of these dances - admit it!

Now that Thanksgiving is over, you have my permission to listen to Christmas songs. You’re welcome.

Sure, WNIC may have been playing “The Christmas Shoes” since Halloween (perhaps because it’s the scariest yuletide tune EVER),  but in my opinion, hearing a holiday song before Black Friday should be just as forbidden as wearing white shoes between Labor Day and Easter. You don’t want the good cheer to wear thin because of too much airplay.

(That’s one of the downsides of this wired time that we live in. When you can relive any piece of your childhood via eBay or iTunes or YouTube, the experiences are no longer as rare and therefore, no longer as special. I remember how thrilled I was to get How The Grinch Stole Christmas when my older daughter was small. We could watch it when we wanted to — with no commercials! Then she wanted to watch it every day for a week … in March … and July.  Soon I was hoping the Grinch would let the sleigh tumble off  Mount Crumpit once and for all. Now we keep the DVD in a secure location until December.)

Finally cranking up your favorite holiday songs – after being good all year long – ought to be a once-a-year treat just as delightful as peppermint bark. The first song I want to hear?

“Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses.  Ah, the bubbly charm of those crazy kids from Akron starts the excitement for me.

(I’m no fan of having tons of crap on your lawn to celebrate the season, but you have to give these guys props for going all in …)

I have a huge list of songs that follow soon afterward, from 14th century German carols to Bing Crosby and Judy Garland to “Christmas in Hollis.” I bet you could give me a list of your favorites, too. In fact, how’s about you do that? What are your top 5 holiday songs?

As you mull that over – along with your cider – here’s another fave of mine which is also an annual favorite of David Letterman’s – 2010 will be Darlene Love’s 25th time performing the song on his show:

 See you on the flip side … and enjoy every note of the holiday season!


3 Responses to “Christmas All Over Again”

  1. Tom Doyle November 26, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    How about the Pogues “Fairytale of New York”?

    • lpon45 November 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

      I had forgotten about this one … kind of an antidote to the sappier holiday fare

  2. L.J. November 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Linus and Lucy”
    The Patridge Family, “My Christmas Card to You”
    John Denver, “Aspenglow”
    Band Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
    Nancy Lamott, “Just in Time for Christmas”

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