There are lots of lists of ‘favorites’ floating around the internet, and I don’t want to be totally predictable, so most of these won’t be the ones you commonly see on such lists. However, they are songs I like to hear year after year. It isn’t fully Christmas unless I get them on my listening list. In all cases I managed to track down a link that will let you hear them if they are not familiar to you.
We’ll start off with ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer’. Yep, in spite of my recent essay on this song, I do like it and listen to it each year. No, it’s not my top favorite, but since I did write about it recently, I thought I’d mention that upfront. I thought it was quite clever.
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer – Elmo & Patsy
The rest of these aren’t in a particular order either. They’re all just favorites, for varying reasons – the lyrics, the music, the sentiment. You might want to check them out if you haven’t heard them. It’s possible you will like them too.
- I Believe in Santa’s Cause – The Statler Brothers
- Merry Christmas, Darling – The Carpenters
- I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (the version with Calkins music, not Johnny Marks – very hard to find)
This version mostly seems to appear in religious music. The 2nd one listed may be the easiest to hear.
(not as good; music/arrangement varies from original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VO2ETYEvrc)
- The Bells of Fraggle Rock – Fraggles
Yeah, okay, a Winter Solistice song, not Christmas, but I still like it! Hey, I put in a religious song, so this balances things by being non-religious.
Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!
Pine Cones & Holly Berries/It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – The Osmonds
Yeah, okay another one. What did you expect this time of year? I’m listening to Christmas music! I get a pass until Dec 31, then I’ll behave…maybe.
My Christmas Card to You – Partridge Family