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Your Fav Christmas/Holiday Songs

Ahhh... the Holidaze! Every other commercial on the radio or TV is about one sale or another complete with Christmas theme and the sound of bells jingling in the background. Then there's the radio stations that feel the need to play Christmas songs and nothing but Christmas songs 24/7 from T-giving until New Years Day. Hell, I walked into a Subway this past week and they even had the 24/7 music going on. Every where you go, you're bombarded by in-your-face, we'll-beat-any-price, shove it down your throat Christmas stuff. And, of course, Wal-Mart has to be the one to get the whole train-a-rollin' by putting out their all-chinese made Christmas crap starting the 2nd week of September! By the time Dec. 25th rolls around, you're so sick of it and sincerely happy it's finally over.

When I was a kid, (and Blaine and will back me up on this) there was a holiday tradition. It was almost an unwritten rule of sorts. The kickoff to the Christmas season didn't start until Santa pulled up the rear of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. That's what everyone abided by and it worked.

Anyway, that's not the topic of this thread, that was just me getting up on my soap box for a minute. I'm fine now.

So, with Christmas songs blasting from nearly every speaker in public places nearly constantly at the moment, I'm sure that like me, you get kinda tired of it as well. That said, there's a few songs that you hold near and dear that you never get tired of hearing and that's what this thread is about. I'll list mine, then you do the same.

When my girls were little, we would schedule a couple of nights driving around looking at holiday light displays. There are some incredibly well done displays here in the desert southwest both private and commercial. One of the best in the country is just a few miles up the road at the Mesa Mormon Temple. 2.5 million lights! It's a spectacular sight to behold, indeed.
Anyway, for those nights of driving around, I made a mix tape (CD) with various songs the family all liked. Two of those songs were suggested by my girls and I still get goosebumps and a lump in my throat whenever I hear them because of the great memories the conjure up. Technically, neither was written as a "Christmas" song. However, both have fallen into that category.

The Eyes of a Child by Air Supply

Angels Among Us by Alabama



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Modern. Modern? what is that turny round thing? Analog audio device with ALL the classic hiss, pops and crackles.

Classic

We need to celebrate life in every moment.... Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays Friends
I wish you happy and peaceful Holidays...


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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, performed by Perry Como and the Fonteyn sisters is the definitive version of that song. For cheerfulness and liveliness it has it all over every other performance. What a take! You can almost hear the smile in their voices throughout the song.

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Christ is Born, O Holy Night, and Ave Maria sung by Karen Carpenter on their Christmas album just raise goosebumps when I hear them. There haven't been very many better female voices in my lifetime.

I could go on and on with my favs that I have among the 800+ Christmas songs on my iPod, including much sacred Christmas music.

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We need to celebrate life in every moment.... Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays Friends
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Man, I love Pentatonix! My first exposure to them was 2 years ago when I heard/saw the video for Little Drummer Boy.... Dayumm!

Hiss, pop, crack.... I still have my Denon turntable and about 50 albums or so left of my once expansive collection, all neatly stored in Peaches record crates!
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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, performed by Perry Como and the Fonteyn sisters is the definitive version of that song. For cheerfulness and liveliness it has it all over every other performance. What a take! You can almost hear the smile in their voices throughout the song.
Oh, hell yeah! And you're right, his version is the definitive version, just like The Christmas song (Chestnuts Roasting...) belongs to Nat King Cole. Many have tried but no one will ever take that one away from him.

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Nat's brother, Ike, is the happy hour/dinner entertainment at 2 of the hotels here in PHX. He sounds exactly like Nat and is a really sweet and funny guy. He's been a fixture here in the Valley of the Sun for almost 30 years.

As for The Carpenters, I'm not sure there's EVER been a more perfect, natural voice than Karen's. Barbara... maybe. Carrie Underwood... doesn't measure up. Charlotte Church..... close but nowhere near the warmth and natural delivery. I mean, Karen didn't even have to try. I remember Richard saying on a docu I watched years ago, that a song he had written which the band was rehearsing to add to their in-concert [playlist, was just too difficult in the key he had written it in for some of the band's members so he basically rewrote it in a different register sorta on the fly, and Karen didn't even need to adjust or rehearse it in the new key. She nailed it on the first try. Yeah, she was something special.
Another Christmas fav that's definitely in my top 5 is Merry Christmas Darling.
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Oh, hell yeah! And you're right, his version is the definitive version, just like The Christmas song (Chestnuts Roasting...) belongs to Nat King Cole. Many have tried but no one will ever take that one away from him.

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Nat's brother, Ike, is the happy hour/dinner entertainment at 2 of the hotels here in PHX. He sounds exactly like Nat and is a really sweet and funny guy. He's been a fixture here in the Valley of the Sun for almost 30 years.

As for The Carpenters, I'm not sure there's EVER been a more perfect, natural voice than Karen's. Barbara... maybe. Carrie Underwood... doesn't measure up. Charlotte Church..... close but nowhere near the warmth and natural delivery. I mean, Karen didn't even have to try. I remember Richard saying on a docu I watched years ago, that a song he had written which the band was rehearsing to add to their in-concert [playlist, was just too difficult in the key he had written it in for some of the band's members so he basically rewrote it in a different register sorta on the fly, and Karen didn't even need to adjust or rehearse it in the new key. She nailed it on the first try. Yeah, she was something special.
Another Christmas fav that's definitely in my top 5 is Merry Christmas Darling.
Yep. I have Babs and Karen versions of Ave Maria. Babs has to strain to get the high notes, whereas Karen just reels it off effortlessly.

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This is from my era. Turn the sound up and listen to his voice.........there's nothing else like it.

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It's funny, my mother is a really big Beatles fan, but she loathes this song. Not sure why. Just an observation lol.

I'm not Christian so I don't get all warm and fuzzy from the more traditional ones. But that's not to say they don't have their place or aren't good songs, they just get played a lot, and I think that makes them lose some of their meaning.

I do like Mele Kalikimaka, the version by Bing and the Andrews Sisters. See Christmas Vacation clip below.

I love lots of Christmas movies
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Try this. Definitely one of my favorites:

Even better with a decent pair of headphones.
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Try this. Definitely one of my favorites:

Even better with a decent pair of headphones.
Several years ago, Yo Yo Ma played O Holy Night accompanied by just a piano and it was outstanding. I can't remember what show it was on and I've never been able to find video of it. When it comes to classical music, I love the duet of piano and cello. It's so soothing and beautiful.

Some great submissions, keep em coming.

Sticking with the Bing theme, this one's another in my top 10.
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