I love Christmas music.
I usually start listening to it in October. Yes, I know, kind of crazy, but I love it. It always puts me in a great mood. I used to be in musical theater when I was younger and sang carols before the The Nutcracker in my town every year (8 performances each time!). We all had to have long curls (loved those pink sponge rollers) and dressed head to toe in Dickens caroling apparel—bonnet with a bow and all—and I loved every minute of it.
It was nearly impossible for me to pick my top 5 favorite songs. So after the first one, they aren't really in order...
1. "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby. Hands down, my favorite Christmas song. It's so sweet and festive...and that Bing was quite a stud. Those eyes and that voice. Wow. Though he kind of looked like my Grandpa when he was younger, so I guess that's weird for me to say.
2. "The Holly and The Ivy". I don't know why, but this song always gives me the chills. There's something about the melody that is so haunting and beautiful.
3. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". How could you not love this one?
4. "Oh Holy Night". I have to have one religious carol thrown in here and this would be it. I've always loved this song.
5. "Fairytale of New York" by the The Pogues. I first heard this song while I was studying abroad in Galway, Ireland. I came back to the States right before Christmas and listened to this song nonstop—especially during the flight home, crying the whole time (yeah I haven't even tapped into my love for Ireland yet on this blog yet). So every time I listen to this song, it's like I have a little piece of Ireland with me. Wow, I am such a sap!
And I also love:
•"All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey
•"Joy to the World"
•"Home Alone Theme/Somewhere in My Memory" by John Williams
•"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" by *NSYNC
•"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
•The entire Nutcracker soundtrack
My biggest pet peeve of the season is that "My Favorite Things" is NOT a Christmas song. Yes, it mentions "warm woolen mittens", but as a huge Sound of Music fan, I can only ever associate it with Maria hopping around her room, singing to the von Trapp children and wrapping herself in the curtains (which will later become the children's play clothes)