Top 10 Favorite Christmas Songs Plus 2

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I absolutely love Christmas music.

When the radio starts playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving and people complain, I am thrilled.

Christmas music takes me back to so many childhood memories, and I know all the words and can sing with each song. My family gives a sarcastic and unenthusiastic, “Yay.” Once it is close to Christmas time, they are more in the Spirit.

I love all the sweet songs I learned as a child, “Away in the Manger,” “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” and many more.

The songs I have chosen are based on childhood memories and just a love for the music and the feelings it brings.


"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

I loved watching Rudolph when I was a little kid. Many children relate to being left out and hurt feelings that Rudolph experienced. But Rudolph was a hero. He ran away because he felt like no one loved him or needed him. He grew while he was away and came back to save his loved ones from the Abdominal Snowman and eventually saved Christmas.


"The Little Drummer Boy"

Watching The Little Drummer Boy always made me cry. The Little Drummer boy came to see the Christ-child and had nothing to give, or so he thought. He was able to give his talent and play his drum for the Baby Jesus. He taught the lesson that we don’t have to give material things; we just need to give from our hearts.


"Mr. Grinch"


The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is such a classic. We have this grumpy old Grinch who cannot stand anything about Christmas because he thinks it is all about giving gifts and greed. After he has stolen all the gifts, decorations, and food with his poor dog Max, he is returning to his lair. All of the sudden he hears the people in Whoville singing. He hadn’t stolen Christmas by stealing things. He realizes Christmas is in the heart then we see his heart grow with the Spirit of Christmas.


"Do You Hear What I Hear?"


Listening to “Do You Hear What I Hear?” is a beautiful song that touches all senses. The song takes us to the sweet birth of Christ in a chaotic world. The “night wind” asking the” little lamb” if he sees “the star” in the sky, the “little lamb” asking the “shepherd boy” if he hears the song singing in the night, the “shepherd boy” asking the “mighty king” if he knows of the Child shivering in the night, and the “mighty king” telling the people to pray for peace. The song ends with the Child bringing “goodness and light.” As a child “Do You Hear What I Hear?” captured the essence of the birth of Christ.


"What Child Is This?"


“What Child Is This?” also brought feelings of peace and wonder at how God had sent this little Child born in a manger to save the world? The strong “This, This is Christ the King” is such a powerful statement when thinking of looking at a small baby on His mother’s lap.


“Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24”


Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become an amazing phenomenon in the music world. I love the hard rock edge of how the song starts with the tune of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” I loved the song before I saw them in concert and listened to the back story of each of their songs. For “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo” the angel went out over war torn lands and saw the suffering children of God. A powerful song that expresses the real needs of a Savior to the real world we live in and, yet, do not know much about unless we have experienced the atrocities.


"I'll Be Home For Christmas"


Being in a very large family of brothers and sisters, I have had many wonderful Christmases. In junior high one of my brothers moved to Boston. When he left and was unable to come home for Christmas, I would listen to “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and wish he would walk through the door, but I knew it would be “only in my dreams.” Later in life, I became a military wife and mother, and the intensity of having Christmas without my husband or son was even harder. Knowing they were in a war zone was difficult. All of us dreamed of being together for Christmas. (I love Josh Groban’s version with soldiers and family members speaking). Fortunately, we are all together now, and my brother gets to come celebrate with us more than he did those many years ago. My mother and sister died around Christmas a couple of year ago, and I think of them being home with Christ since they can’t be home with us, which is comforting.


"Santa Claus is Back in Town"


Being a big Elvis fan, I love the edginess of this song. I always picture the 1968 Leather Elvis driving up in the driveway in a big Cadillac bearing outrageous gifts. Maybe a big teddy bear with a diamond necklace. Christmas is a fun time of imagination, and I love listening to Elvis’ Christmas songs.


"Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'"


“Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’” by Lynyrd Skynyrd is another fun edgy song that is a parallel to “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Under the Mistletoe.” It is more a Santa and Mrs. Claus song about getting some “lovin’” before the kids wake up.


"Baby, It's Cold Outside"


Dean Martin’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” while not a Christmas song, it is always played during the Christmas season. It is a fun, classy song of a time when a young woman did worry about her mother, father, sister, and aunt. Of course, she allows the smooth-talker to persuade her to stay just a little while longer because “It’s Cold Outside.”


"O Holy Night"


“O Holy Night” has to be my all-time favorite. “Fall on your knees and hear the Angels sing.” What a beautiful line. All of Earth should realize the extreme value of the greatest Gift from God, His own Son. The beauty of the words and the powerful feelings the song brings is so moving.


"Mary, Did You Know?"

Another very powerful and moving song, “Mary, Did You Know?” The song makes me stop and wonder if Mary knew the magnitude of her part in a history that changed the world. The Son she conceived by God made the greatest impact on the world.


Special Time of Year

Christmas music touches everyone differently. The Spirit of Christmas is what I take from the season’s music. What are your favorite Christmas songs and what memories do they bring to you?


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princesswithapen 5 years ago

sholland10

This is a good list. It was heart warming reading about how you can relate to each song as a child and with your family.

Princesswithapen


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Princesswithapen! Almost all music I listen to creates a memory or a feeling. I love Christmas music because it brings up great feelings. Thanks for dropping by! I hope the Christmas Spirit is visiting you, too! :-)


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sweethearts2 5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

You've brought memories alive with your music memories. "Mary, Did You Know?" a favorite of mine as well. In recalling all my favorites, I remembered my husband's favorite was "Christmas Is", I haven't heard it in years. I'll have to check You Tube. Thanks for sharing.


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Sweethearts, you should write a hub with your favorites. :-) "Mary, Did You Know?" gives me chills every time I hear it.

Thanks for dropping by!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi sholland! An excellent selection of christmas songs! My favorite on the list is Rudolph I still watch the movie every year. I also enjoy Elvis' holiday songs. I enjoyed them all along with your story. Looking forward to the follow:)


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Sunshine! I love watching Rudolf every year, too. I try to catch the classic Christmas shows as much as possible. Because life is busy, I finally broke down and bought the collection of Rudolf, Frosty, and The Grinch.

Thank you for your kind words and thanks for dropping by!


SJmorningsun25 5 years ago

Great list! I'm glad you included "Do You Hear What I Hear?". As a child, it wasn't Christmas until I'd heard that song. Something about the almost-minor, haunting melody just hits me in a way no other carol really does.


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, SJ! I know what you mean about "Do You Hear What I Hear?" It was my favorite as a teen. Thanks for dropping by and reading! :-)


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epigramman 4 years ago

...great selections one and all ....and I often I like to listen to Christmas music at this time of year in the dark solitude of my car while commuting to work (which is a hour's drive each way) out in the middle of the country at night (I am a night shift worker and half of my drive until I get to the city is out in the country because I live at the lake) ....so it's quite a lovely combination - the music on the radio, driving my car and seeing the beautiful Christmas lights on farm houses against the dark sky.

lake erie time ontario canada 9:49am sending you warm wishes (from a wet lake but not a snowy one, yet) and good energy ........

and yes it will be my honor to post this great list of yours to my FACEBOOK page with a direct link back here.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thank You, Epigramman! I love listening to Christmas music in the car, too. I crank it up and it helps take the stress from the rush hour traffic. It sounds like you live in a lovely place that is beautiful year round. Sending warm wishes back to you from the Ozark Mountains at 9:13am. Thanks so much for posting my list on FB. Thanks, too, for dropping by!! :-)


Michele VanHoose 4 years ago

Cute!!! Fun article and that looked like a lot of work. Love you singer girl!


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Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

Great List! I agree with most all of them. I would also add "All I want for Christmas is you" and "Blue Christmas."


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Kimberly! Those are 2 great ones. It's so hard to pick. Maybe I should add them and put "Plus 4." :-)

Thanks for dropping by!


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ChristyWrites 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Great Xmas songs Susan, happy to share over on Twitter :)


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Christy! I appreciate the share! :-)

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I was wondering if you would have my favorite, and you did..."Mary Did You Know" is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, Christmas or no Christmas. Great list of many of my favorites.

Have a wonderful holiday season, Susan!


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Bill,

I love that song, too. What a GREAT GIFT!

Thanks for dropping by and MERRY CHRISTMAS!! :-)

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