I have a close friend who loves Christmas and everything associated with the holidays. And this includes holiday music — big time.
My friend listens to holiday tunes from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day. Her home clock sings a different carol on the hour, every hour. Her cell rings "Jingle Bells" even in June.
I, however, could care less.
Until I had kids. Now, I LOVE Christmas music! Why the change of heart? Because my girls like it. They never argue over the song or the station when holiday music is playing. I don't know the reasoning and I don't care. I believe this to be Santa's little gift just for me.
I thought it would be fun to ask friends what their all-time favorite holiday songs were. My thought was that I could make a few additions to my ever-growing, personal winter soundtrack that gets me through the holidays. I assumed I'd get repeated Gene Autry and Bing Crosby suggestions, but I was so wrong.
All these novel ditties that were passed my way. Some suggestions I'd heard before, most I hadn't, and there were a few about "Santa's North Pole" and "unwrapping packages" (blush) that I can't even share. They are just too racy for Patch's G-rating. (Santa, you little devil!)
Because I'm not one to keep this kind of gift all to myself, I am going to give my mix to you, the readers of Alameda Patch. Go to iTunes, type in, "A Grain of Salt at the Holidays" and it should pop up in the lower left hand corner under "playlists." If you're not savvy like that, I've listed them below.
If nothing else, play it at the end of your annual holiday soiree. And play it loud. The party stragglers will be heading for the door in no time.
The Chanukah Song, by Adam Sandler
I Am Santa Clause, by Bob Rivers
Christmas in Hollis, by Run DMC
Do You Hear What I Hear, by Copeland
Fruitcake, by The Superions
Christmas Wrapping, by The Waitresses
Five Pound Box Of Money, by Pearl Bailey
Don’t Be a Jerk (It’s Christmas), by SpongeBob Square Pants
Jingle Bells, by The Singing Dogs
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), by Death Cab for Cutie
All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth), by Spike Jones
Auld Lang Syne, by Straight No Chaser