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