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One night before Thanksgiving, I somehow persuaded Mike to watch the second episode of Oprah’s Favorite Things with me. I oohed and ahhed over sequined Ugg boots, diamond earrings, and a Coach bag… but quickly lost interest when Oprah introduced Johnny Mathis to sing a Christmas song.

I started to use this musical intermission to mention that I personally would prefer the gold sequined Uggs when I was abruptly cut off by a loud “SHHHHHHH!!!” hissed from the lips of my beloved hubs. “Johnny Mathis is going to sing! Be quiet!

“I see,” I said. “What’s so great about Johnny Mathis?”

“Only his velvety voice!” Mike proclaimed, as though I were about to receive the World’s Biggest Idiot Award.

I was forced to listen to the entire performance in reverent silence, punctuated by Mike’s triumphant fist in the air when Johnny’s mash-up changed over to a “velvety” version of Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. “I knew it!” Mike rejoiced.

I noticed the following day that an entire album of Johnny Mathis Christmas songs had mysteriously been purchased on my iTunes account. Lucky me. But here are a few of my top picks on the Christmas playlist. These are all from my “upbeat” Christmas playlist (so far I also have “mellow” and “traditional”), and they’ve been keeping me entertained during several hours spent in my diningoom-turned-gift-wrapping-wonderland.


  • Santa Claus Is Coming to Town by The Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby
  • The Nutcracker Suite by The Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm by Frank Sinatra
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas by The Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • We Three Kings by Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Silver Bells by Relient k
  • Christmas In Hollis by Run-DMC
  • I Saw Three Ships by Sting
  • You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch by Thurl Ravenscroft
  • Love Came Down At Christmas by Jars of Clay

Like I said, these are just a few on my list. (I’d go nuts listening to just 10 songs on a loop.) These are some of the kitschier ones. I’ll share some more picks soon.

What are you listening to, now that it’s officially December?

Merry merry, y’all!



  • Comment by Shae — December 1, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    Papaw and I saw Johnny Mathis in Vegas. It was actually very fun to see and hear him in person. Chances are…

  • Comment by Kalea — December 1, 2010 @ 11:44 am

    i want the black sequin Uggs but they aren’t available til February! They should have known we’d all want them after Oprah… Jus sayin

  • Comment by Sydney Mountford — December 1, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

    Thanks for the holiday suggestions. I used to loathe Christmas time because it meant one thing…Johnnie Mathis playing non-stop in my house. My mother LOVES Johnnie Mathis, his “velvety voice” and everything else about him. I will have to say that through the years, I do enjoy his music more and more but most of all because it remninds me of the great Christmases growing up!

  • Comment by Hannilou — December 1, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

    Syd, this made me laugh out loud!

  • Comment by Hubba — December 1, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

    Really? Not one Johnny Mathis song on this list? I’m about to hijack the iPod.

  • Comment by Maggie — December 1, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

    AHHHHH….Johnny Mathis…Mr. Velvet voice. That sounds so familiar…..What ?…no Brenda Lee “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree “……ask Mike about that one !!!

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