It’s all around us.


Christmas music, that is.  Whether by choice or otherwise, we hear it on the radio, from the television and as ambient noise in retail or other service establishments.  Sounds of the season just can’t be avoided at this time of year.  A number of these tunes leave a lot to be desired.  Some are twisted mutations of otherwise perfectly lovely classics, studio produced into child-pop-star-who-makes-tweenage-girls-faint-while-I-barf-ballads or twangy-country-fied-Santa-got-ran-over-by-a-dogde-pick-up-yodels.  Others, more contemporary, with original lyrics, are for the most part unrecognizable as holiday music except that they air amidst all the rest of both the good and bad Christmas hymnals.  You could remain in the confines of your home from early-November to the end of December, or take charge of your holiday listening and load up your device with favourites of your own.  These are the ones on the playlist that keep my Christmas carol sanity:

Baby, It’s Cold Outside performed by Ella Fitzgerald

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas performed by Gayla Peevey

Santa Baby performed by Eartha Kitt

The Little Drummer Boy performed by Boney M

The Christmas Song performed by Nat King Cole

Silent Night performed by Norah Jones

Carol of the Bells performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Waltz of the Snowflakes (The Nutcracker) performed by the Russian State Symphony Orchestra

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker) performed by the London Symphony Orchestra

White Christmas performed by Irving Berlin

All I Want for Christmas is You performed by Mariah Carey

I Saw Three Ships performed by Sting

Children Go Where I Send Thee performed by Natalie Merchant

Ave Maria performed by Luciano Pavarotti

We Three Kings performed by Patti Smith

Blue Christmas performed by Elvis Presley

Christmas Day performed by Dido

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen performed by the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan

Do They Know It’s Christmas performed by Band Aid

So This is Christmas performed by John Lennon

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