Christmas music I actually like.

I don’t want to hear Jingle Bell Rock ,  The Little Drummer Boy, Jingle Bells, Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, or Santa Baby (puke!).   If I hear these kinds of songs on the radio I will change the station immediately, but unfortunately, they’re EVERYWHERE.  Blargh.

I don’t hate all Christmas music though.  I love traditional, religious carols like these.  It has nothing to do with being religious.  Even when I was a near-atheist, I still preferred them to secular Christmas ditties.   They just seem more meaningful and reverent.

I particularly love the King’s College Choir’s “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”– I think these are two separate performances.   Check out the smiling, chubby little guy in the first video, just singing his heart out.   The boys’ voices combined with the organs give me goosebumps.  They sound like angels.

I also really like Good King Wenceslas.   You don’t hear it a lot anymore.  It’s a traditional English carol about a good king who gives to the poor, so I think it’s definitely in the right spirit for the season.

In this next video, Josh Groban sings “O Holy Night.” I think he does this song more justice than anyone else. His voice is amazing. The Nativity Story here is also cool. I like the way it captures the intimacy and emotion of the moment. Mary and Joseph here actually look Middle Eastern, not Anglo-Saxon, and Mary looks sweaty and disheveled from giving birth, which makes it more realistic.

How to write every Christmas song ever.

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Want to write a Christmas song? My son wrote up these 7 easy tips today for doing so.

1. Begin with sleigh-bells, fade in instrumentation and use sleigh bells as an accent. Fade out with sleigh bells.

2. Rhyme snow and mistletoe.

3. Rhyme “time of year” and “Christmas cheer”. Bonus points if it’s in the chorus.

4. Talk about the children and how happy or excited they are about this magical time of year. Do it at random for extra cringe.

5. Melodically, lyrically, or structurally rip off any holiday classic at some point throughout the song.

6. Sing about snow, even when you live in a hot area that doesn’t get snow.

7. Make it sound as in-front-of-the-fireplace-sipping-hot-cocoa cheesy as possible.

8. Be sure to use words like “holly”, “merry”, “cheer”, “tidings”, “jolly”, etc even if you’ve never once naturally used it in conversation.