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My favorite Christmas songs

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine told me that her mom gets annoyed with her because she starts listening to Christmas music.

I said I could understand her mom’s point. I really can’t stand to listen to Christmas music until Thanksgiving.

She answered that listening to Christmas music becomes “stressful” at Thanksgiving because “you only have a month left."

I was a little confused by this statement and asked when she starts listening to Christmas music.

Her response: August.

Way too early for me. I love Christmas music. I really do, but not before Thanksgiving or after New Years.

And now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, I’ve decided to compile a list of a few of my favorite Christmas songs.

1) "Feliz Navidad" by Jose Feliciano -- I don’t even understand Spanish, but I adore this song. It’s just fun and upbeat, with a festive Christmas theme.

2) The entire Charlie Brown Christmas album by the Vince Guaraldi Trio -- I wrote last year that the Charlie Brown Christmas is far and above my favorite Christmas special and the soundtrack is fabulous with its jazzy tunes. It’s quiet but gets me in the Christmas mood.

3) "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses -- You probably know this song as the “Merry Christmas/Merry Christmas” song. If you actually listen to the lyrics it's adorable. It tells the story of a woman who decided to spend Christmas Eve alone this year. The Christmas Eve the year before she met a guy at a party, they spent the year attempting to get together with no avail. Yet on Christmas Eve, she runs out to pick up cranberry sauce, and who does she see in line also buying cranberry sauce, but Mr. Perfect ...

4) "Elf’s Lament" by the Barenaked Ladies -- You would only know this song if you own Barenaked for the Holidays, the Barenaked Ladies’ really fun holiday album. The song is from the point of view of one of Santa’s elves, considering striking. It’s pretty funny.

I could continue on and on, but I’d rather know what your favorites are. Leave a comment.

A few other notes…

If you’re curious, I did indeed finish the Troy Turkey Trot. Apparently, I’m much faster on a treadmill than I am on a real road. I added about 13 minutes from my fastest treadmill time, but I finished it and that’s all I cared about. My turkey tasted extra delicious after finishing that race.
Finally, I want to congratulate my cousin Catherine Foley, who is the kid of the week on B95 and Capital News 9 this week. Catherine, who is 10, saved our aunt when she had a horrific allergic reaction one night. She kept her cool and called 911. We’re all really grateful and proud! Congrats Catherine!

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November 30, 2009
7:14 p.m.

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"Elf's Lament" is a good one. So's anything from "Emmett Otter," or anything from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." I have a weakness for the ones from my childhood, too, like "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and even "Wonderful Christmastime."

How 'bout a post on the holiday songs you most hate? I bet that'd draw some comments. :)

December 1, 2009
10:50 a.m.

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I like "The Little Drummer Boy" partly because of its interesting history which you can read about at Songfacts -

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