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Have a Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  Also, out of curiosity, what’s your favorite Christmas song? I like “Little Drummer Boy.”


  • Don McArthur · December 24, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”, of course.

  • TrueNorth · December 24, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” are my favorite carols and, on a secular note, “Silver Bells” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” are nice too. And of course, when Bing Crosby finds his Christmas present from Rosemary Clooney and they open up the garage doors to see the snow falling and the whole cast starts singing “White Christmas”…well…sob…

  • Ed Campion · December 24, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    O Come O Come Emmanuel

    best line:
    O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
    Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
    From depths of Hell Thy people save
    And give them victory o’er the grave

  • Stopped Clock · December 24, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    It’s hard for me to decide, since I love Christmas music so much. I think I will tentatively name God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen as my favorite. (You might know it better as “tidings of comfort and joy”; not everyone realizes that isn’t the title.)

    Impromptu versions of Twelve Days of Christmas are nice, too.

  • Paul · December 24, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Baby It’s Cold Outside.

  • Andrew Ian Dodge · December 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    “Grandma Got Run Over by a Raindeer” which I like so much I recorded with me on lead for my chorus in prep school. “Christmas at Groundzero” by Weird Al is fun too.

  • Author comment by Steel Phoenix · December 24, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    I’m going to go with Won’t Be Home For Christmas by Blink 182

  • exits · December 24, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Fat Bottomed Girls – Qeen

  • Daniel Dare · December 25, 2008 at 1:30 am

    Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones

    Antidote for being subjected to non-stop carols while doing my shopping for the last month. Proving for all time, that shopping malls do not respect the Geneva conventions.

  • Author comment by ◄Dave► · December 25, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Merry Christmas to you too, Sir. “Ka-Ching” – and other sounds of commerce, by the Entrepreneurs. 🙂 ◄Dave►

  • Tony H · December 25, 2008 at 8:01 am

    I love renaissance Christmas music.

  • Author comment by Heather Mac Donald · December 25, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Gee, such scrooges! Agree with Stopped Clock, it’s almost all great, except for Shaker hymns with their awful sour harmonies. Off the top of my head, Winter Wonderland (if that’s actually it’s title) and, with Hume, Little Drummer Boy.
    I am skeptical of the currently popular claim that Christianity has given us virutally every positive aspect of Western culture, but I will grant the apologists this: I cannot imagine life without the St. Matthew’s Passion–above all, the final bass aria “Mache dich, mein Herze, rein”–the B Minor Mass, Bach’s cantatas, and Mozart’s masses. One falls down on bended knee before such beauty.
    That having been said, secular music gives sacred music serious competition–see Mozart’s da Ponte operas, no, make that every Mozart opera.

  • wiredog · December 25, 2008 at 9:17 am

    “Carol of the Bells”, “Holly and the Ivy”, just about any traditional choral work. Can’t stand Twelve Days.

    In the pop music genre, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” done by John Mellencamp and The Kinks “Father Christmas”.

  • A-Bax · December 25, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Big fan of “Greensleeves” (aka “What Child is This”). Something about the 3-3 timing and melodic resolution is just compelling.

  • Adam · December 25, 2008 at 10:41 am

    “O Holy Night” is achingly beautiful, no matter which side of the spiritual/secular divide you stand. For purely secular songs, “We Need A Little Christmas” is toe-tappingly great.

  • Adam · December 25, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Also, “Baby Please Come Home” by Darlene Love on Phil Spector’s album, the greatest Christmas album of all time.

  • Xyz · December 25, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Mine change from year to year. This year they are:

    “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”,
    “Dominick the Donkey”
    “Judea (A Virgin Unspotted)”
    and “El Noi de la Mare”

  • Kevembuangga · December 25, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Dunno the title of this one but it seems appropriate.

  • Fritz · December 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I’ve always wondered about Little Drummer Boy. Imagine Mary. She just got a fussy newborn to go to sleep and then this kid comes by banging on a drum. The scene is simply not going to end well.

  • Greg · December 25, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Vince Guaraldi’s music for Charlie Brown’s Christmas is some solid holiday jazz!

  • Rich · December 26, 2008 at 6:28 am

    Eric Cartman’s “Swiss Colony Beef Log”

  • Author comment by LRA · December 26, 2008 at 9:54 am

    I’ll vote for Little Drummer Boy and Hark, the Herald Angel sing. I used to sing the latter while driving a school bus (before I picked up my first student) at age 16, fifty years ago.

  • Grant Canyon · December 26, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    I vote for “Snoopy’s Christmas” — there’s nothing like a music group from Florida with a British-style name singing a Christmas song about a WW I-era dogfight between a real-life German aristocrat and a cartoon beagle.

  • Roger Hallman · December 26, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    I’m most partial to Steven Colbert’s “Another Christmas Song”. While we’re on the topic of Christmas entertainment I thought I’d pass this along.

    Some years back during my first freshman year of college, I received an email on Christmas with Republicans and Democrats. None of the email stands out except for one little difference between the two.
    A Republican’s favorite Christmas movie is “It’s a wonderful life”
    A Democrat’s favorite Christmas movie is “Miracle on 34th St.”
    A Right-Wing Republican’s favorite Christmas movie is “Die Hard”.

    Hope everyone’s having a good holiday. We took my daughter to the Mall today and got some great shots of her and her grandmother in front of the US Capital and the Capital Christmas tree. It felt like it was maybe in the high 40s, very pleasant and not overly crowded. Her temper tantrum notwithstanding it was a good day.


  • Snippet · December 26, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    The Little Drummer Boy

    This atheist’s favorite Christmas song as well.

    God bless the internet!

  • Grant Canyon · December 27, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    “A Republican’s favorite Christmas movie is ‘It’s a wonderful life'”

    Except for the Objectivists. They think Mr. Potter is the hero.

  • Author comment by Walter Olson · December 27, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    As an avid singer of Christmas carols (door-to-door or in public gatherings especially) I’m afraid I’m no fan of “Little Drummer Boy”. It’s not well suited for group singing (even if the strong beat does let you get some clapping-or-tapping audience participation going). There’s no way to belt it out, and the whole effect seems more stagey than convivial.

    That said, I do like many of the entries from the Hollywood studio era (“White Christmas”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “Let It Snow”) as well as most of the earlier repertoire. If I had to pick only one, I suppose it would be “Joy to the World”.



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