12 Days of Christmas To Knock Your Socks Off (Day 7)

So those of you who’ve been paying attention for a while might have picked up on my slightly Gothic streak.

This is quite lovely and soothing.

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12 Days of Christmas Music To Knock Your Socks Off (Day 6)

This song is a little less traditional. I know it from the Barenaked Ladies Christmas music album, but I only just discovered tonight that it was from the soundtrack to one of the live-action Grinch movies, probably the one with Jim Carrey. I didn’t remember it from seeing the movie back in the day. Ah well. I like the song, at any rate, and since we’re currently experiencing a slight warming trend here in Houston (kind of a bummer, not gonna lie), we’re going with it.

12 Days of Christmas Music To Knock Your Socks Off (Day 5)

This one is for all of you traditionalists out there.

I loved this song when I was a child and used to sing it all the time. The record my parents had with this song was a collection of carols sung by Johnny Mathis, but I recently heard Nat King Cole’s version on the radio and thought it was pretty special. So here you go.

12 Days of Christmas Music to Knock Your Socks Off (Day 2)

“Carol of the Bells” is one of my favorite songs, and I like most versions of it (aside from one in particular by I-have-no-idea-whom which changed all the lyrics to be really super religious). This one was relatively unknown to me before this year, oddly. I can’t say I’ve ever been a huge fan of John Tesh, but I do like the work of Ottmar Liebert and also of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, so I guess it makes sense I would like this one, too.

And look, no snow! (Because I live in a semi-tropical place and don’t get to see much snow, so.)

12 Days of Christmas Music to Knock Your Socks Off (Day 1)

It’s that time of year again! Time to escape the misery of the most tired and pitiful Christmas tunes being slogged across the Houston airwaves since the Friday before Thanksgiving — that’s right, this nonsense started on Houston’s Christmas Radio Station on November 16th — and enjoy some actual worthwhile holiday music here on my blog.

As has been the case since I first started this holiday tradition back in 2013, we’re kicking off the playlist with The Waitresses. It resonates because, let’s be honest, this feels like (and probably is actually) the busiest time of year if you’re a parent, a teacher, or a celebrator of the holidays. (I’m all of those. Gah.) So here’s to this timeless, jaunty anthem to our crazy-busy lives.

And if you want to check out the excellent playlists for the previous years, please click on the following links for each year’s Day 2:  2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Happy holidays, y’all.