It’s December 13th. I still don’t have my Christmas tree up. Blame it on me being sick since the Saturday after Thanksgiving. (I’m finally better, but 17 days of snot guerilla warfare on my sinuses and achiness made TPO extra whiny.) Blame it on me plain old not wanting to do it. Blame it on me being a Grinch. It still isn’t done. And now I keep thinking that maybe it isn’t worth it to do it at all, because I’ll have to clean it all up and put it away in less than two weeks.
To get myself into the holiday spirit, I decided it was time to listen to my two favorite Christmas songs. One is just plain old fun, and the other is all “Jesus is the reason for the season.”
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” is the stuff of which secular holiday dreams are made. It was featured in one of my favorite Christmas movies, which is Love Actually. (I can quote that movie, but I won’t, because I know how annoying it is when people do that. The other favorite is Bad Santa. That one is more fun to quote.) Anyway, Mariah got smart and performed it recently with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, and while she isn’t as cute with them as Carly Rae Jepsen is (I may or may not be responsible for a million of the video’s views), it works.
“O Holy Night” is my other favorite Christmas song. When it’s done right, it gives me chills. And maybe makes me teary, so then I have to give the Carly Rae video another thumbs up. I like this Rachel Berry version, but my favorite part about it is that Rachel is Jewish. Reminds me of growing up and listening to Neil Diamond’s Christmas album. He’s the Jewish Elvis, you know.
But if I really want a holiday giggle to get me into the spirit, I watch this.
What about you? What songs make your heart jolly during the holidays?