Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It's Beginning to Sound a Lot Like the Holidays!

By Misty Harris

With the holidays quickly approaching there's a lot to consider. Food, family, guests and traveling are always on the top of everyone’s lists. But what about the music? What do you listen to during your holiday gatherings? What can be heard in the background when everyone comes together to celebrate? We posed this question to WNED staffers and here is the fun list we came up with!

Charlie Byrd Christmas Album

What if Mozart Wrote “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Christmas Songs by Mel Torme

Leon Redbone – Christmas Island Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas

Ray Charles, The Spirit of Christmas.

Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms version

O Holy Night- Traditional

I’ll Be Home for Christmas – The Carpenters version

All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey version

The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole version

Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt version

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – "The Carpenters OR Frank Sinatra versions"

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Silver Bells- Traditional

Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney version

The Nat King Cole Christmas Album - "contains the classic "Christmas Song", but all tracks are terrific!"

A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra -"my brother and I loved this from when we were little!"

A Windham Hill Christmas  by various artists- "peaceful and beautiful"

Mazowsze - Christmas Carols from Poland "perfect for our Christmas Eve traditional gathering"

My Christmas by Andrea Bocelli – "Bocelli is in excellent form here….LOVE his voice!"

A Charlie Brown Christmas-"brings back warm memories of watching this show as a child….great intro to  light jazz"
The buzzing on the blender whipping up Grasshoppers on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day, you hear “A Christmas Story” on the TV all day.

"Turn that TV down!...I don’t want the stuffing with the giblets…What a nice-looking bird!...Is the cranberry sauce real?...What are these things in the salad?...Where’s the butter?...I can’t eat another thing ….No reading sales papers ‘til we’re done cleaning up…. The dishwasher’s full …Don’t forget your leftovers."

"Every year my family would sing the 12 days of Christmas. We all divided up the parts and went around singing it and we recorded it every year and listen to previous years. Why we did this and when we started and can’t remember but it was fun."

See any of your favorites? Feel free to use our list for your next holiday gathering!  Happy Thanksgiving!

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