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Favorite holiday songs

My Holiday Gifts of Love post is here.
Express Yourself

This week’s topic in the Express Yourself meme is favorite holiday songs. The local oldies station has become somewhat of a joke for how they start playing 24/7 Christmas music for almost two months. Every year they start earlier and earlier. Once they began after Thanksgiving, then they slowly moved up to Veterans’ Day, and now it’s the day after Halloween. I really want to know who’s actually happy about 24/7 Christmas music for almost two months.

Here are a few holiday songs I can listen to any time of year. You can probably guess from my selection that I have rather progressive political and social views! (Warning: The videos for “Seven o’Clock News/Silent Night” and “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” contain a few strong images.)

This is the final track on Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme, one of my favoritest albums. The ending always sends chills down my spine.

Joyeux Noël is one of the most powerful films I’ve ever seen. It’s about the Christmas Truce of 1914, something that sadly was never allowed to happen again. These guys had a hard time seeing one another as the enemy after they’d broken bread and become friends. I highly recommend this film. The PG-13 rating is for a (tasteful) sex scene between the German tenor Nikolaus Sprink and his Danish girlfriend Anna Sörenson and war violence.

The German tenor’s beautiful singing voice, and the singing voice of his girlfriend, were both voiced by professional singers, not the actors themselves.

Author:

I started reading at three (my first book was Grimm's Fairy Tales, the uncensored adult version), started writing at four, started writing book-length things at eleven, and have been a writer ever since. I predominantly write historical fiction family sagas/series. I primarily write about young people, since I was a young person myself when I became a serious writer and didn't know how to write about adults as main characters. I only write in a contemporary setting if the books naturally go into the modern era over the course of the decades-long stories being told over many books. I've always been drawn to books, films, music, fashions, et al, from bygone eras, and have never really been too much into modern things. If something or someone has appeal for all time, it'll still be there to be discovered after the initial to-do has died down. For example, my second-favorite writer enjoyed a huge burst of popularity in the Sixties and Seventies, but he wrote his books from 1904-43, and his books still resonate today, even after he's no longer such a fad. Quality lasts for all time.

7 thoughts on “Favorite holiday songs

  1. Wow, Carrie-Anne. Powerful. I’m actually struggling with Christmas music this year for some reason–not sure why. It’s not affecting me in a magical way like it usually does. Need to solve this asap! 🙂

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  2. We’ve got a station that went to all Christmas music a few weeks ago. I was over it in about the first day. My kids, on the other hand, think it’s the greatest thing ever. I’ve always been intrigued by the story of the truce. That right there shows people that soldiers on both sides are just people.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  3. Thanks for sharing these. I don’t listen to standard radio, but I miss the Christmas tunes. Here in Miami they replay “Mi Burrito Sabanero,” which is quite catchy. I can listen to that all year long.

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