Contrary to what retailers want you to believe, the Christmas season does not begin on Nov. 1. There is a holiday between Halloween and Christmas, and it drives me nuts that Thanksgiving is overlooked. When I go shopping in early November, do I want to hear Christmas music being pumped through the store? NO! But once the day after Thanksgiving rolls around, I believe in no-holds-barred, 24/7 Christmas music!
So, in the spirit of the season, I offer my picks for the best (and worst) in Christmas music:
- Best album: 3-way tie--Michael W. Smith's Christmastime and It's A Wonderful Christmas and Amy Grant's Home for Christmas
- Best concert: Jim Brickman. He's amazing, and he introduced me to David Klinkenberg's music. 'Nuff said.
- Classic song: "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby
- Best Christmas pageant: Little Christmas Lamb. Just ask my sisters.
- Happy "I want to be home for Christmas" song: "Christmas In Nebraska" by Mulberry Lane (the link takes you to YouTube--lame video, but you can hear the song.)
- Most likely to make me hurl or drive off a cliff: "Same Old Lang Syne" by Dan Fogelberg
- Song I can't help but sing along to: "Feliz Navidad" by Jose Feliciano
- Song that makes me snicker because of how fitting the title is: "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson
- Hymn: "Angels We Have Heard On High"
- Most overplayed: "Carol of the Bells"--and it's sad because I love it. But it's everywhere!
- Best children's album: Disney's Merry Christmas Carols. My grandma had this on tape, and sadly, it's not on cd.
- Best Candlelight Service song: "Silent Night"
Am I forgetting anything? What's your favorite Christmas song?