Friday, December 7, 2012

Five Things on Friday - Christmas Music that Won't Drive You Insane

Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, I switch all my radios over to the all-holiday-music-all-the-time channels. No more rock, pop or country until December 31. Except...

This year, I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I had the awfullest time. And I'm not the only one. A whole bunch of us were just commiserating on Facebook about how not "Christmassy" we were feeling. I've made a brave show for the smalls, but as soon as they've gotten out of the car, the channel, she has flipped.

It doesn't help that Maren has decided that her favorite song is "Christmas Shoes" and Brynna's is "Last Christmas." Just tell me what have I done to deserve a schmaltzy wonder and a Wham! fan as children?

In any case, I've found some songs that have officially punted me into the season and didn't make me want to claw out my own eardrums in the process.

Five Christmas Songs that Make Me Merry

1. "Baby, It's Cold Outside," by Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone.

This has been one of my favorite holiday songs for years. And this version, from the Elf soundtrack is one of my favorites. I truly love Zooey Deschanel, though and this is sort of the best of her quirky, yet sultry voice.

2."Oh, Holy Night," by Weezer

Again, I've always loved this one, but it does drag a bit, right. Not when Weezer's at the mic.

3. "Shake it Santa," by Zendaya

So, I can't say that I really "like" this song, but I really love how much my kids light up when I play it. And Christmas is for the kids, I guess.

4. "Merry Christmas, Here's to Many More," by Reliant K

I love how this starts out sad and ends jubilant. And it hits the nail on the head about why I love Christmas so much. Everyone you love gathered around you.

5. "Sleigh Ride," by She and Him

I think we need one more Zooey number. "Sleigh Ride," always make me cheery. Happy Birthday, Farmer Gray.

Have you been short on holiday spirit? What's helped you get out of the doldrums?


Suze said...

Shake it Santa is pretty bad!

I do love me some Bela Fleck Christmas tunes. He gets all funky on the banjo with jingle bells!

Jessi said...

I'll have to check that out Suze. And yes, Zendaya is mostly terrible.