Christmas Countdown — Music

Christmas is in 20 days! Do you have all your shopping done? I do! And all my presents are wrapped and under the tree! Woot woot! It pays to buy all your presents a year in advance!

Now, I can enjoy the season without wanting to pull my hair out from the stress. And thankfully, one of our local radio stations is more than willing to help. Every year, starting the day after Thanksgiving, they play non-stop Christmas music. Which, on one hand I love because it gets me in the Christmas spirit, but I also don’t like because by December 18th, I’ve had to hear a bunch of songs I can’t stand a million times.

I thought I’d share with you my top 5 favorite Christmas songs (and 5 not-so-favorites):


1. O Holy Night Medley – Hanson

Make fun all you want, but the Hanson brothers have TRUE talent. They have such beautiful harmonies and play their own instruments. They’ve also put out at least 6 albums and continue to tour to sold out shows. Just sayin’. Plus, this medley jams all my favorite Christmas carols into one song! Talented and efficient! I love it!

2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings – Barenaked Ladies feat. Sarah McLaughlin

I like this song mostly because I can hear Sarah sing without having one of her frickin’ tear-jerking commercials of abused puppies tearing a hole in my soul. I also like how it’s a little folksy and cheeky.

3. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

So, I’m a little biased when it comes to this song. When I was little, I actually danced to this song. We had little white leotards with felt Christmas trees attached. We’d go to nursing homes and dance for the elderly and be oh-so-adorable. (Seriously, I was cute as a button). Also, my mom loves this song because I danced to it. So whenever I hear it, I automatically think of my awesome dance moves and my even-more-awesome Mom.

4. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Ah, The Boss. I just love him. We may differ on politics, but I love this Jersey boy’s voice. Plus, you can tell the guy is having fun, smiling and laughing with his band.

5. Run, Run, Rudolph – Chuck Berry

How can you not like Chuck Berry? The guy practically invented rock n’ roll! Plus, when I hear this song, it makes me think of that scene in Home Alone when Kevin’s mom is running through the airport. (Totally have the movie on VHS. It’s a collectible.)

Thumbs Down:

1. O Holy Night – Josh Groban

Don’t get me wrong, I love this song…I just can’t stand Josh Groban. Dude looks like a Pound Puppy that about to burst into tears at any moment. Plus, I don’t really like he’s deep voice. I’m a raspy-voice-lovin’ gal (a la The Boss, John Fogerty, and Bryan Adams). I will admit, he does have talent, and I’m sure many a middle-aged woman loves his voice. Give me a few years and maybe I’ll jump on that bandwagon. (Doubtful)

2. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Like the jumper Colin Firth wore in Bridget Jones’ Diary, this song is unbelievably tacky. I’m sorry, but when I think of Christmas, I don’t automatically think of an elderly woman getting killed by a rouge reindeer and then her family being more concerned with her presents rather than mourning Granny.

3. The Christmas Shoes – Newsong

Before you get out the torches and pitchforks, let me explain.

The general sentiment of the song is very touching: a little boy wants his mom to look her best because he knows she’s going to meet Jesus that night. Okay. I get it. It’s very sweet.

However….I do not like cheesy stuff. There are many movies and television shows I refuse to watch because I know they’re going to be a total cornball-fest. And this song is Grade A cheddar (like Butterfly Kisses and that dance with Cinderella song. Sorry…can’t do it.)

4. It’s Beginning to look a lot Like Christmas – Perry Como

I’ve always liked this song…until this year.


It’s near 70 degrees outside and I don’t even need a jacket. I want it to look like Christmas! I want snow on the ground, icicles on the rain gutters, and people in mittens! Stop rubbing it in my face, Como!

5. Twelve Days of Christmas – Straight No Chaser

This song, for me, has gone the same way as Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song. The first time I heard it, I laughed. The second time, I laughed. The third time, I laughed. However, the 456,345th time I heard it, I was ready to punch each one of the guys in their jingle bells. Its cute, but enough’s enough.


There was a song that, when it came on, I’d always change the channel. That’s before I heard Kelly Clarkson sing it and actually listened to the words. When I did, I bawled like a baby. It’s called: My Grown Up Christmas List. Heard it?

If you have, you may say: “Hey, this song is cheesy! You said you hated cheesy!” Yes, it may be cheesy. But it’s my kind of cheesy and I’m running with it!

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