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Blog reader Mary emailed me yesterday asking about my Christmas playlist. I l-o-v-e to geek out by making playlists for any occasion I can think of (Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, having friends over for pizza, anything). And when it comes to Christmas, I have a few playlists, organized by mood. (See? I wasn’t kidding about the geeking out.) These are some of my favorite highlights. And since I don’t want to post repeats — that would be hacky — here’s a link to the playlist I posted last year, which is still very much in the rotation this year.

Kitschy Christmas
Swingy ditties to get the party started… or just to power you through all your gift wrapping.

  • Jingle Bells – Michael Buble featuring the Puppini Sisters
  • Mele Kalikimaka – The Andrews Sisters with Bing Crosby
  • A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
  • My Favorite Things – Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • Bob’s Major Award (from “A Christmas Story”) – Carl Zittrer & Paul Zaza
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Dean Martin
  • Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies – Harry Connick, Jr.
  • White Christmas – Michael Buble with Shania Twain
  • Winter Wonderland – Tony Bennett

Traditional Christmas
Grandmother-approved picks to connect you to the ages.

  • Gabriel’s Message – The Elizabethan Singers
  • I Saw Three Ships – The Irish Christmas & Celtic Christmas Nollag
  • The Holly and the Ivy (Arr. Rutter) – The Cambridge Singers
  • Rocking – Bach Choir, Jacques Orchestra & Sir David Willcocks
  • The Bells of Dublin – The Chieftains & The Bell-Ringers of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
  • Deck the Halls (Arr. Delmoni) – Arturo Delmoni, Katherine Murdock, Alexander Romanul & Nathaniel Rosen*
  • Wassailing Song (Arr. Delmoni) – Arturo Delmoni, Katherine Murdock, Alexander Romanul & Nathaniel Rosen
  • Adam Lay Ybounden (Arr. Delmoni) – Nina Bodnar, Arturo Delmoni, Nathaniel Rosen & Natasha Lipkina
  • Good King Wenceslas (Arr. Delmoni) – Arturo Delmoni, Nathaniel Rosen, Katherine Murdock & Alexander Romanul
  • In Dulci Jubilo (Arr. Delmoni) – Alexander Romanul, Nathaniel Rosen, Katherine Murdock & Arturo Delmoni

*The Arturo Delmoni picks are from an album called A String Quartet Christmas and are some of the loveliest arrangements I’ve heard.

Mellow Christmas

Slower selections for the end of the night when your eyes are heavy… but the Christmas tree looks so pretty, you just want to sit by it for a little while longer.

  • The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) – Nat “King” Cole
  • All That I Want – The Weepies
  • Some Children See Him – James Taylor
  • Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head – George Winston
  • Still, Still Still – Musica Sacra & Richard Westenburg
  • Winter Song – Sarah Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
  • Silent Night – Priscilla Ahn
  • Song for a Winter’s Night – Sarah McLachlan
  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Michael Buble
  • Auld Lang Syne – James Taylor
  • What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve – Diana Krall

Sorry for no photos this time, btw. We’re transferring everything to our new computer but have had a little hiccup with iPhoto. Stay tuned, and in the meantime…

Merry merry,

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