Or, Learn to Love Christmas Music in Just 15 Songs
By Misty Harris
Christmas music, you see, is simply misunderstood. Like spotting a pit bull at an off-leash park, people recoil at its appearance thanks to years of media conditioning, and in doing so, are denied the chance to make a real emotional connection. DO NOT DENY YOURSELF LOVE, PEOPLE.
There are countless reasons to love Christmas music – a genre I defend in this month’s Pop Culture Decoder. But for those who need extra help learning to love the much-maligned genre, I offer these 15 songs to kick-start the holiday reprogramming.
The Christmas Song by Mindy Gledhill
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings by Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan
O Come, O Come Emmanuel by The Piano Guys
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by The Civil Wars
Carol of the Bells by Sixpence None the Richer
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by She & Him
Baby it’s Cold Outside by Norah Jones and Willie Nelson
Happy Christmas War is Over by Hayley Sales
All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey
Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney
With Bells On by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
O Holy Night by Glee Cast / Lea Michele
The Christmas Song by Michael Buble
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Norah Jones
Go Tell it on the Mountain by Big Daddy Weave
What are the Christmas songs that make you feel most festive? The Peanuts Medley? Frosty the Snowman? God forbid, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer? Let me know in the comments.