Sunday, December 20, 2009

favorite Christmas songs

I have 4, one for each member of my family:

Dad's: Here Comes Santa Claus
I don't really know why, but this song makes me think of my dad. Probably because my dad always did so much for us to make the holidays fun and has been known to take on the Santa persona himself now and then. I especially like the line, "He doesn't care if you're rich or poor, he loves you just the same." I heard it this morning in bed and I really missed him. XOXO, dad. Love you.

Mom's: Feliz Navidad
I can totally remember my mom singing this and getting into it when I was tiny. My mom was not often silly while I was growing up and I remember loving it when she would just lose herself in a silly moment and let me see her truly joyful side. Now it's easy to goad her into the giggles and we have so many special jokes. Love you, mom. Glad you're in a joyful place.

Katie's: All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
I probably don't really need to explain this and I suspect it is the Christmas themesong for many sisters! We love it more. I remember dancing to this a few years ago at one of the first Christmases we spent with our stepdad and stepbrothers and them just looking at us and sidling out of the kitchen like, oh my god, this is what its like to have girls in the family? Great.
Miss you, Katie. Have fun with the all the little girls this Christmas. Lucky you!

Mine: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Love the sentiment. Love Rosemary Clooney's version and the John Denver version from the Muppets Christmas album that I'm sure we wore out as kids!

bonus* Walking in a Winter Wonderland
We sang this in some ridiculous winter chorus concert, probably circa 1993 or 1994. Makes me think of all my girls, misbehaving in the music room and walking in the genuine Potsdam winter wonderland for so many fun and SNOWY winters! xoxoxoxoxoxo to all my Potsdam friends! Love you all so dearly.

bonus bonus* Sleigh Ride, the instrumental version
Especially when the big brassy crescendo happens. Nothing screams holiday festivities louder. Maybe because it was in a Gap commercial when my young and impressionable mind was forming ideas about what's cool. I also love the Ronnette's version.

Merry Christmas!


Michele said...

I love it all!! Thanks for making me laugh (and cry) today. Oh and, Feliz Navidad everyone!

L said...

Heee!! I like the *SLAP!* in sleigh ride. What is that slap making device?

I am a special fan of Bing Crosby/David Bowie's Little Drummer Boy... Miss you!!

Courtney said...

I love this!

Feliz Navidad!

JuneBug said...

I love that you have "bonus" christmas songs.

I love the scene in Sleepless in Seattle when Meg Ryan is driving (in the beginning of the movie) and she's listening to the christmas songs on the radio and starts going "horses horses horses horses" in that obnoxious voice... this season you will always find me walking around going "horses horses horses horses" like some crazy person.