By Rachael E. Worthington
Jill: The lines in this song seem to cause reflection in the sometimes stressful moments of the season. Let Your Heart Be light….Through the years we all will be together…Hang a Shining Star upon the highest bough…
Plus — it’s in my vocal range so I can drive around the crazy parking lots belting it out in my car!
I’m no Judy Garland through mind you!
Mikala: My favorite holiday song is “Christmas Carol,” by The Oak Ridge Boys – best served up Christmas morning on 1980s garage sale vinyl with a platter of pigs in a blanket and a cup of black coffee. It’s a catchy tune about an old lady named Carol Johnson who is basically a local busker, and walks around singing Christmas music all year long. Everyone in town thinks she’s crazy, but they all admittedly love to stop and listen to Carol, “with her snow-white hair and her beat-up tambourine.”
Stacie: My favorite song is “I’ll be Home for Christmas” because it just reminds me of family and the real reason for the holidays is to be thankful to all be together. Rascal Flatts does a great acapella version.
Alison: Hair metal always makes everything better, including the holidays.
Eddie: If I had to pick a holiday song that sums up my love for Christmas the yuletide season, it would definitely have to be “Christmastime is Here” from the Peanut’s holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. I have loved Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole Peanut’s gang since as far back as I can remember and nothing brings me more cheer than hearing this song! I have an original vinyl edition of the Vince Guaraldi soundtrack and I listen to it multiple times every season. It reminds me not just of the joy of my childhood, but the hope for tomorrow!
Rachael: My Christmas playlist always includes the Rat Pack, and I love this song because it’s just so fun and silly, and not necessarily just about Christmastime, but more the joys of winter.
Jack: Before starting a family of our own, Francesca and I’s annual Christmas ritual started with the closing performance of whatever holiday show I was working on at the time. After the show, we’d pack the car and drive up the East Coast to spend the Christmas holiday with our families and our friends. This song always reminds me of those long moments spent between Atlanta and Pennsylvania, my grandparents and her sister’s, and of course, the annual pilgrimage to NYC to see all of our friends in the week between Christmas and New Years. We actually lost our wipers once too-just like the narrator, leaving New York City on New Year’s Day with the whole Eastern Seaboard blanketed in rain.
Victoria: I love Christmas music so it is really hard to pick a “favorite” song. There may actually be a three or four-way tie for my favorite holiday tune, but I chose this one because it reminds me of being a kid at Christmas time. We used to decorate my grandparents Christmas tree as an extended family and there were always Christmas records spinning as we worked. Memories of Nat King Cole, Burl Ives and Bing Crosby belting out Christmas classics dance in my head, but when Elvis would come on, my cousins and I would pretty much spaz out. I remember rockin’ out with my cousins to this song and dancing around and giggling until we were out of breath.
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