MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! I am a holiday enthusiast. Any and all holidays. Especially ones occurring between October and February when the weather in Illinois can be particularly uninviting. The obvious gem of the holiday season is Christmas. People need something to look forward to when the weather gets cold. They need it so bad that they decorate their entire homes in tinsel, lights, and intricate mantle displays. So bad they created a genre of music and radio stations deviate from their regularly scheduled programming to play 1000 versions of the same 20 songs. And this all starts up to two months before the actual day. I’m not complaining- I cover this mess in royal icing and eat it for breakfast.
As for my personal celebration, the X-mas tunes come out in November, decorations in December, and sugar intake reaches an all time high around the December 24. This year I’ve managed to stay on schedule but I’m feeling a bit quieter about it than usual. I feel more like cuddling up with a hot drink and watching the lake freeze than I do embracing the chaos that is…anywhere that sells anything.
Coming home is what really makes it feel like Christmas for me. I love the smell of the tree and that there’s always a neighborhood or family get together that requires making some homemade treats. I baked with my dad all morning today. He made 2 epic apple pies and I made chocolate fudge, toffee-chocolate chip shortbread, and an apple thyme cake for Christmas morning. Sugarsugarsugar. Of course, the Christmas vibe wouldn’t be complete without some holiday tunes. Here’s a mix of some of my favorites. Yes, a few songs are on their more than once but repetition is a hallmark of Christmas music.
Holiday Party Mix (click HERE to listen to it as a playlist)
- Christmas is All Around– Billy Mack
- Merry Christmas Baby– Otis Redding
- The Christmas Song– Nat King Cole
- Stay a Little Longer– Shemekia Copeland
- Baby It’s Cold Outside– Ray Charles
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas– Lou Rawls
- Santa Baby– Madonna
- Cool Yule– Louis Armstrong
- What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve– Nancy Wilson
- White Christmas– The Drifters
- Merry Christmas, Baby– Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra
- I Want You for Christmas– Dick Robertson
- Christmas Fais Do Do– Marcia Ball
- Boogie Woogie Santa Claus– Patti Page
- Happy Christmas (War is Over)– John Lennon
- Baby It’s Cold Outside– Leon Redbone and Zoey Deschanel
- White Christmas– Otis Redding
- Happy New Year, Baby– Johnny Otis and His Orchestra
- Zat You, Santa Claus?– Louis Armstrong and The Commanders
- Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!– Les Brown and His Band of Renown
- What are You Doing New Year’s Eve– Johnny Mathis
Happy holidays, everyone! Be safe out there!