Best Holiday Moments--Music

Katherine Longshore 5 Tuesday, December 18, 2012

More often than not, my best holiday memories are associated with music. Does anything bring the spirit (or the terror) of the holiday season like the music? It's ever present, you can't escape it. And inevitably it works its way into your psyche and settles there like a benevolent dragon.

Now, I'm not trying to be exclusive here.  But my childhood was firmly middle-America, egg nog and pumpkin pie and Burl Ives, so most of my memories revolve around Christmas.  So forgive me!

First, there is the year my not-yet-husband came to visit for Christmas, all the way from England. He stayed with me at my parent's house. And he went with all of us on our annual traditional adventure to see the giant Christmas tree at the Eureka Inn (I grew up in a very small community–we took adventure anyway we could). The tree was huge and covered with presents and lights and streamers, and the evening ended with a sing-along in the hotel bar. All of us bopping along to “Feliz Navidad.” He still asked me to marry him. And that song will forever bring a smile to my face.

The song “All I Want For Christmas Is You” will always remind me of the movie Love, Actually and that magic–big and small–can happen at Christmas. And that the people you love are the most important things of all.

Silent Night, White Christmas, O Holy Night -  all have memories attached. But one of my favorites is the year my sister came to visit and showed me this: 

Doesn't that just say it all?  

What songs do you most associate with the holidays?  What are your favorites?  And why?


That was AMAZING! I loved it.

As for myself, nothing says Christmas like Donnie Hathaway singing "This Christmas." Not any other version. It has to be Donnie Hathaway lol!!!

His voice is solidly in my head for that song and it's like a call to family and friends for the holidays.

Yes, I love that Straight No Chaser video! So much fun.

O Holy Night is hands-down my absolute favorite. But I also dig the Dean Martin Christmas album. I rarely remember to put on Christmas music at home, which helps it not get annoying.

Someone just sent me that video. Love it!

You're right, Angela - some songs just have to be by certain singers! Burl Ives singing Holly Jolly Christmas. Bing Crosby and White Christmas. And for me, Madonna singing Santa Baby...

Beth - That high note in O Holy Night is one of the purist sounds in the world, isn't it?

Carol - don't you love it?

I love the Charlie Brown Christmas songs and all the old church songs, too.

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