We’re in an all-Christmas-music-all-the-time mode around here (minus the occasional playing of the Philadelphia Chickens CD).Â The boys love holiday music, and they come by that honestly.Â Â Every year, the day after Thanksgiving finds me busting out my Christmas CDs and getting into a holly jolly mood.Â (I know, I know; technically, it’s the Advent season, not the Christmas season, but a month of “O Come O Come Emmanuel” gets rather tedious.)Â Â It’s a short season, and I make the most of it.
Over the years, I’ve developed a few personal favorites in the carol department.
1) Andy Williams singing Mary’s Little Boy Child.Â I know that Harry Belafonte sang it first — and his rendition is amazing — but the Andy Williams version makes me remember Christmases as a kid, and the record my parents had showing Andy smiling genially against a green background.Â (I have more to say about Andy Williams, who passed away a few months ago, but that will have to wait for aÂ longer post).
2) I Saw Three Ships, sung by just about anyone.Â It always lifts my spirits and makes me want to drink a cup of wassail while standing under a Victorian lamppost somewhere.
3)Â We Need a Little Christmas, from the musical Mame.Â It’s the perfect song to start humming in the days after Thanksgiving, and it’s nearly impossible not to sing along once you’ve heard it a few times.
4)Â I adore Hayley Westenra’s version of “The Little Road to Bethlehem.”Â Â It’s so sweet and so melodic.
5) The Angels’ Carol by John Rutter.Â It’s exquisitely beautiful, both the tune and the lyrics.Â This song and a crackling fire and a cup of tea: the perfect recipe for feeling glowy and warm, inside and out.
What’s your favorite Christmas carol?Â Can you pick just one?