What are your favorite Christmas songs? I know one of my least favorite is It Never Snows in LA by the Osmond Brothers featuring Jimmy Osmond. I know it may be number one on some people’s list but for me, well, it just does not do it. (You know there’s a song that says it never rains in Southern California. Must be a pretty boring place.)
But on to my list (in no particular order):
1) The Christmas Song. How can it be anyone other than Nat King Cole? (Sorry about the commercial.)
2) Sleigh Ride. I know it’s instrumental and it’s more a winter song than a Christmas song but it puts me in the mood.
Gotta be John Williams and the Boston Pops? Love the trumpet ‘neigh’ at the end.
3) Let It Snow. Another winter song. Romantic. I started dating my wife in the fall of 1971. Christmas time has always been special to us.
I have chosen a delightful utube of Dean Martin played over a Bambi segment.
4) Moonlight in Vermont. Another winter song(???) Amazing imagery. Anybody heard of Mel Torme? Rich, smooth voice. Sadly overlooked.
5) What Child Is This? The Christ child. Bout time isn’t it? I’ll have to say Silent Night dosn’t do it for me anymore. A little monotonous. But this one soars. It worships. Let’s listen to Charlotte Church.
6) Do You Hear What I Hear? For some reason this one really gets to me. Always has. It sounds like a children’s Christmas song. Lambs, a shepherd boy. ‘Do you know what I know?’ But there’s more to it than that. “A child shivers in the cold.’ ‘He will bring us goodness and light.’ It says what we all should be thinking about at Christmas. A beginning. A beginning of something beyond belief. The beginning of an outpouring of love and grace from our Heavenly Father that is almost more than we can imagine. Don’t get me started.
Who else can it be but Andy Williams?
7) Oh Holy Night. This is just kind of a shoot from the hip list. If I made another list tomorrow I might include others. But for me this one trumps all the others. Pure worship.
You can find lots of utubes of lots of different people singing this song (including South Park. Can’t imagine what that is.) But let’s listen to Susan Boyle because I think she represents the pure, out of the blue, unexpected gift of God that Jesus is.