Fa-la-la-la-la, La Friday Five

As posted at RevGalBlogPals:

Reverendmother here… those of you who read my blog know I have a love-hate relationship with the 24/7 Christmas music we’re subjected
treated to in stores and radio (in the U.S. at least). It gets too
sentimentally sticky-sweet sometimes, yet I find myself unable to
resist it. Nothing says "it’s Christmas" to me like John Denver and
Rolf the Dog singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." So…

1. A favorite ‘secular’ Christmas song.

"Santa Baby," as sung by Eartha Kitt.

2. Christmas song that chokes you up (maybe even in spite of yourself–the cheesier the better)

"How Far is it to Bethlehem," an anthem frequently sung by the choir at Large Church on Christmas Eve, which nearly caused me to break down the year I had lost a baby and still touches me in a very emotional place, particularly the lines:

God in His mother’s arms, babe in the byre
Sleep, as they sleep who find, their heart’s desire

3. Christmas song that makes you want to stuff your ears with chestnuts roasted on an open fire.

Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer? If that counts as a song.

4. The Twelve Days of Christmas: is there *any* redeeming value to that song? Discuss.

Yes. I’ve heard it sung gorgeously by an a capella group, and badly every year by our extended family, and I still enjoy the goofiness. Also, what a fine entry point to explaining that Christmas *starts* on Christmas Day rather than ending there.

5. A favorite Christmas album

Just one?
We enjoy listening to Harry Belafonte every year, a very special part of our Christmas Day.

12 thoughts on “Fa-la-la-la-la, La Friday Five”

  1. Santa Baby! I had forgotten about that one! Yes!
    I love “How Far is It to Bethlehem,” too, although I have different associations.

  2. I’m not familiar with “How Far is it to Bethlehem” either…but then if you can use the word “anthem” in the same sentence with a song it’s not too likely to be sung in our church. However, not impossible.

  3. Isn’t this a great meme? I have read about so much good Christmas music and been reminded of great stuff I’d forgotten. I see you’re also listening to Sufjan Stevens. I know absolutely nothing about him, but so many people are enjoying his work. One more artist to discover.

  4. The best thing about “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is that it led to P.D.Q. Bach’s “The Twelve Days After Christmas”!!!!
    “The first day after Christmas
    My true love and I had a fight.
    And so I chopped the pear tree down
    And burned it just for spite!
    And with a single cartridge
    I shot that blasted partridge
    My true love gave to me.”
    And you don’t even need a Bargin-Counter Tenor to sing it.

  5. To me I love to hear some traditional ones like Silent Night and Hark The Angels Sing but for myself Christmas in a Rusty Holden Ute is the best.It signifies the Traditional Family gathering and what lots of Aussies do on this Day.It brings back fond memmories before family politics and sister in law fights ended it.Now I have my family of five sons and husband to make my day as it used to be as a child!

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