If you have been under a rock since August, then you may be unaware that we are fully into the holiday season. Yes, there are 24 hour Christmas music stations everywhere. I had the rather unfortunate experience of getting a root canal last December with such a station playing throughout the dentist’s office and now, I am reminded to floss my teeth every time I hear the ironic jingle of “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.”
The holiday season is about more than good oral hygiene. It’s about family, whether it be the one you were born into or the one you found later in life. It’s about giving, sharing and caring. Twinkling lights, trees, candles and eight days of reflection can all be part of how your holiday traditions are carried out and nothing can express emotion in four minutes or less quite like a well-sung song. So, without further ado, I present 10 under appreciated songs for the season:
Jackson 5- I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
This song always makes me think of my mom. Not because I saw her kissing Santa Claus, but because she sings this song every year while preparing for the holidays. She gets alarmingly stressed this time of year, but you will always catch her smiling when this one comes on the radio.
John Lennon- Happy Christmas (War is Over)
This one gets me a little teary on an annual basis. Something about the sounds of children’s choirs will always tug at my heartstrings.
Cheech and Chong - Santa Claus and His Old Lady
Calling this one a song is somewhat a grey area, but I’m the writer, so I’ll allow it. You can learn a lot about Santa’s hard knock life and magical journeys on the LA Freeway with this hilarious interpretation of the holidays.
Elvis- Blue Christmas
Depressing? Yes. But it’s Elvis. So deal with it.
Justin Bieber- Mistletoe
This is just the catchiest song and what I like about it the most is that it is what I consider a “new classic” because it is a classic in the making and it’s not just a new interpretation of an old song. Plus, it’s Justin Bieber.
Adam Sandler- The Hanukkah Song
There are, I believe, three versions of this song in existence. It’s a great song and everyone’s seasonal holidays should be recognized and respected.
Taylor Swift- Back to December
Not really a Christmas song, I know, but I have my reasons. Statistically, most breakups occur around the holiday season for a bevy of reasons; often involving personal reflection on where life has gone in the last 12 months, and where one wants it to go in the next 12. Stress is also a common factor. Whatever the reason, when I hear this song, I like to believe my ex is thinking about my tan skin and sweet smile. Because, hey, I’m awesome, and will continue to be so for the next 12 months…minimum.
Jimi Hendrix- Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne
Just a badass medley of awesome Hendrix holiday goodness.
Band Aid- Do They Know it’s Christmas?
This classic started as a means to fight against famine in Ethiopia back in the 80′s and now plays every year, reminding us to help those who don’t have as much as we do, and to remember what this season is really about. The album features such famous vocalists as Paul McCartney, Bono, Sting, David Bowie, and George Michael.
Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone- Baby, it’s Cold Outside
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” -Elf