When I was a young lass, I believed Christmas songs were like homemade cookies. There was no such thing as a bad one.
Then someone shared their mom’s cookies made with raisins, dates and orange peel, and my childhood innocence was lost forever.
So it is with Christmas music. There are good songs, there are bad songs, and there are songs that make you want to throw sharp, pointy things.
You know. Like Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time”
(Duck Sir Paul! Machete coming atchya!)
But you know, despite the bad stuff, I have to say I like most Christmas music. In fact, sometimes I’ve been known to – well, not exactly burst forth in song – but hum along happily.
My personal favorite?
Just hear those sleigh bells jingling
Gosh I love that one! Instrumental or with lyrics, it makes me dance a little jig (in my head) every time I hear it. And I’ll bet anything there’s not a trumpeter alive who hasn’t imagined playing that final whinny for Arthur Fiedler.
But the best rendition by far — according to me, anyway — is from Wynton Marsalis’ Crescent City Christmas, with Jon Hendricks singing and scatting and poppity-popping in a most joyous fashion.
Here, listen for yourself. Keep in mind, Hendricks is 68 at the time of this recording. (He’s 95 now.)
Don’t you just love his “YOO-HOO“?
Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite and/or least favorite Christmas song? 🌲