Time to take off my grumpy pants and turn my frown upside down. (Memo to self: remember to put some other pants on.) I’ve had my requisite three weeks of Christmas cynicism, but one week out from the day, I’m ready to get smiley. After all, it’s for the children! So without further ado, I now present to you the undisputed greatest Christmas iPod playlist of all time:
The Chipmunk Song by The Chipmunks
All I Want for Christmas by The Chipmunks
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch by Thurl Ravenscroft. Our family watches this cartoon every Christmas day. I have zero interest in watching Jim Carey’s version.
This next section mostly has vocalists of the WWII generation:
A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives
The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose.” This was playing as my wife and I skated on a pond while snow lightly fell – a few minutes when life could not have been any better. We play this song during our Christmas dinner.
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Frank Sinatra
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by the Carpenters. Or, for a very different rendition of the song that will make you cry, try Judy Garland’s version.
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by Frank Sinatra
Do You Hear What I Hear? by Bing Crosby
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams
White Christmas by Bing Crosby
Now close your eyes and reach into the grab bag:
Sleigh Ride by The Ronettes
Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town by Bruce Springsteen. “Hey Clarence, you been rehearsing real hard now so Santa will bring you a new saxophone?”
Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses.
The Chanukah Song by Adam Sandler. “So much Funukah to celebrate Chanukah!” and “O.J. Simpson: not a Jew!”
Merry Christmas Baby by B.B. King. You knew there was going to be at least one blues song, right?
Christmastime Is Here by The Vince Guaraldi Trio. Otherwise known as the Charlie Brown Christmas song.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by The Jackson 5. That’s right – two versions of the same song.