Christmas Tunes


Last Saturday my Mom told me how disappointed she is with the holiday music channel that’s included with her Direct-TV. The Holiday and Happenings channel plays music that she doesn’t consider Christmas music. Hip hop and R&B aren’t her idea of the way to inspire Christmas spirit. Katy Perry, Carly Rae Jepsen and The Killers aren’t the artists she wants to hear during this time of year.

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Then on Sunday I noticed the albums Meghan and Jon have on their stereo. Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Tony Bennett, Mahalia Jackson and Mitch Miller. Those are the musicians that my Mom longs to hear singing the music of Christmas. In fact, these are the tunes she listens to on CDs played in the car, but since she listens to music streamed through her TV for the other eleven months during the year, she mistakenly believed that with more than eighty channels, she’d have at least one playing her favorites.

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I’m sure there are many of all ages who agree that these old time favorites are the sounds they prefer to listen to during this time of the year. And with services like Spotify and Pandora or Apple TV, most can listen to whatever they find meaningful. Unfortunately, without home Internet, my Mom doesn’t have access to these options. It’s time to start making a play list that she can add to her iPad so she won’t be at the mercy of Direct TV.

Here’s 20 songs that need to be included:

  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland
  • O Holy Night – Celine Dion
  • Christmas Time is Here – Vince Guaraldi
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – Josh Groban
  • Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Taylor
  • Breath of Heaven – Amy Grant
  • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day – Harry Belafonte
  • It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
  • Do You Hear What I Hear – Carrie Underwood
  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Michael Buble
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  • Home for the Holidays – Perry Como
  • Christmas Canon – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
  • It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Perry Como
  • All I Want for Christmas is You – Michael Buble
  • Grown Up Christmas List – Amy Grant
  • White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  • The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole

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