Monday, December 16, 2013

What is your favorite Christmas song?

Let’s get real. At holiday parties we get stuck making small talk. One of my favorite, easy, I don’t know you conversation topics is Christmas music. You can get jokey about how they play it too soon, trash how annoying Feliz Navidad is etc. But if I want to actually get to know someone a bit better, I will ask about their favorites and why. My own answer is a two-parter. I have a favorite song, but it isn't about Jesus. And that sort of feels wrong, since Christmas is REALLY about the birth of Jesus! So instead, I go with one Christmas song and one Christmas carol.

Christmas song
My favorite Christmas song is Silver Bells. I love it because it reminds me of how it feels in Portland during the entire month of December. Just the reference to busy city sidewalks, cold weather and the feeling that everything is festive! (even the traffic lights) It especially takes me back to what the holiday season felt like as a little girl. I have memories of walking through down town Portland from my dad’s office building all the way to the Keller. Of course we were going to see the Nutcracker! It is only a 5 or 6 block walk, but I remember it being so cold and not even being phased, it was Christmas after all! We were decked out in our holiday best. I actually vividly remember wearing a green and black velvet cape... so ahead of the trends! I just love the holiday bustle of the city.

Christmas carol
My favorite Christmas carol is Go tell it On the Mountain. It also happens to be my mom’s favorite. I’m a copycat. It is just SO GOOD! But somehow, it isn't super popular. How can that be!? The message of the song is spot on.


  1. My favorite is "Please Come Home for Christmas" The one that starts with "bells will be ringing...." It reminds me of Home Alone and watching it continuously as a youngin. But now that I hear the words, it is extremely depressing love song. sad faces.

  2. One of my favorites is "Little Drummer Boy" and I also love "Jingle Bell Rock" :)

  3. My very favorite Christmas song is The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. It's not very well known, but it's seriously so good. But my favorite "it doesn't matter what version it is" is Do you Hear what I Hear; I've always loved the visual images from it. And I agree Go Tell it on the Mountain is such a good one that is over looked!

  4. My favorite is probably Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord by Boney M. Its like two songs in one.

  5. yes! to both of these! silver bells is portland to a tee!

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