Let's Do a Christmas Sing-a-Long

Pretty much everything good in life has an equally good musical counterpart/memory attached to it.  Now that we’re in full-on Christmas mode, I thought I’d share with you my personal Christmas music playlist. 

Don’t say I didn’t warn you that you might feel joy, happiness, and quite possibly even shed a tear, in a good way.  I've included links to the songs on Playlist.com, when available, cuz I'm kinda techie like that.

Nothing puts me in the Christmas spirit more than this old classic from Perry.  Reminds me of being a kid and listening to Christmas music on the old radio in our hip 70s kitchen with avocado appliances.  My Dad would sing along, in his earnest baritone.

Brings a bittersweet tear and makes me long for Christmases past.
The best 80s Christmas song.  All the great musicians in the UK came together to record a song, organized by Bob Geldoff from Boomtown Rats. 

Proceeds benefitted famine relief in Ethiopia.  I was fourteen at the time of its release, and I’m embarrassed to say this was probably the first time I’d even heard of Ethiopia.  Good work, Bob and friends.
Another 80s tune that warms my heart and makes my bells jingle. 

Love The Waitresses. 

Takes me back to my Square Pegs days of glory.
“It’s Christmastime in Hollis Queens, Mom’s cookin’ chicken and collard greens.”  Nothing says Christmas like Run DMC, no? 

This is what rap is supposed to sound like, people.

Silent Night – Willie Nelson
It’s Willie.  Enough said.

I Saw Three Ships – Sting
A jaunty version of this traditional English Christmas carol, sung by one of my all-time faves, Sting. 

He’s hot, which makes the song even more Christmasy-er. 

Pour a glass of wine, close your eyes, and pretend your Trudie whats-her-name.

Happy Christmas War is Over – John Lennon
Everyone loves this song, and I am no exception.  It’s probably the only time I can stomach Yoko singing. 

Thank God she’s only in the background.  I like to drown her out by doing my own harmonies.
Another 80s classic. 

Am picturing myself frolicking through the snow in my UGG boots, as Bono serenades me to come home. 

Hang on, I’ll be right there.
Love the surreal quality of this song. 

Makes me want to lock arms with all my family and friends, Whoville-style, and sway to the wistful melody.  “I can hear people singing, it must be Christmastime…” 

Chrissie Hynde is such a badass.
My #1, all-time favorite Christmas song.  If you’re not from Texas, you may not have heard this one.  If not, I strongly recommend you get on itunes ASAP and download it   

You might could find yourself peeing your pants when you listen real good to the lyrics.  Brings out the white trash in all of us.  Everyone has a “Fran and Rita from Harlingen” although you may not remember how you’re kin to them.

So, the next time you have the Christmas blues or blahs, put on this mix, and it’ll fix you right up. 

And if that doesn’t work, send Cousin Eddie to the Stop-n-Go for a can of Diet Rite, a box of tampons and some Salem Lights. 
Halleluiah, everybody say cheese!
Merry Christmas from the Mamarific Family.

*Image source: WikiMedia Commons


  1. I totally agree with your list! Best Christmas songs ever! I will add one more "Must Be Santa" and there are 2 version to check out - Brave Combo's version and Bob Dylan's - Yes, you heard me right - Bob Dylan. You will not be sorry. I'm curious to hear which you like better - it's a toss up for me! Merry Christmas!

    1. OK, I love them both! But if I have to pick one, I'll go with Brave Combo. Just added it to my playlist. Thank you, Teresa!! And thanks for reading! Hope you have a fantastic holiday.

  2. This an awesome list! I had totally forgotten about Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses, but now I have that catchy chorus stuck in my head!

  3. There are a couple here I haven't heard . . . or maybe I've heard and can't identify! I'll check them out. Love the REK inclusion--I mentioned that song in my blog last week too. :) It's part of the fabric of being a Texan for sure!

    1. Yep, as Texans, it's hard to do better than REK!!! Loved your post, too.


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