By Annie Dineen
Volume 68, Issue II
It’s pretty obvious that Christmas festivities come earlier and earlier every year. This means that you probably heard “Jingle Bells” on the radio before you hear “The Monster Mash”. I myself am a strong believer of holiday festivities starting after Thanksgiving. Don’t get me wrong, right after I eat my turkey I am pretty much decking the halls, and if you’re like me and you need some tunes to get you in the jolly spirit, then here are some suggestions.
First of all, you might want to divide your songs into categories, or you can shuf e them all together, it’s up to you. My suggested categories are classics, newer songs, love-related, extra special, snow songs, and feelin’ jolly (you could also add a Hanukkah section).
Classics: These are sure to remind you of your classic traditions around the holidays, whether it’s around family or friends. You will most likely hear these from carolers or in old movies.
Here are some of my favorites:
O Holy Night
O Christmas Tree
Joy to the World Silent Night
Newer: By “Newer” I mean that the songs were made by current popular artists or songs that haven’t been constantly covered. Although they’re not the classics, they can still make the holidays special. Here are some of my favorites:
All I want for Christmas is You Santa, Tell me
A Waitresses Christmas Mistletoe
Love-related: Having a special someone around the holidays is nice (or so I would imagine given I have zero experience). These songs have a warm feeling that will make you want to curl up with your signi cant other. Here are some of my favorites:
Baby it’s Cold Outside Santa Baby
Let it Snow
Frosty the Snowman Sleigh ride
Jolly Feeling: These are de nitely my all-time favorites because they truly get me in a jolly mood. I love screaming these at the top of my lungs while in the shower or in the car or when I’m in the middle of aisle ve at Target. No matter what, these will make me smile, and hopefully the same happens to you. Here are some of my favorites:
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Santa Claus is Coming to Town Jingle Bells
Jingle Bell Rock
Holly Jolly Christmas
Deck the Halls
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Extra Special: Now this may not be a real category but it is always fun to add some hilarious songs to your playlist so I recommend the following: Phoebe Buffay’s Christmas song: If you are a fan of the show “Friends” then you know how the character Phoebe has a classical charm and creativity that is infectious. In the episode called “The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie” Phoebe does a parody of her hit song “Smelly Cat”. Although the original is amazing, her Christmas version is as jolly as you can get. Throughout the entire episode she struggles to piece it together but when her masterpiece is revealed, it re ects how much she really cares about her friends.
Feliz Navidad: Puerto Rican singer Jose Feliciano blessed our ears with the Spanish version of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” This is one of my favorites that can be heard on the radio all throughout December! Get ready for a holiday fiesta!