Merry Christmas Eve!
I woke up this morning feeling inspired to write a post about my favorite Christmas music! I love listening to music this time of year – It always gets me into a festive mood.
This list has a mix of secular songs, carols, and hymns. I hope you enjoy!
“All I Want For Christmas Is You”
Mariah Carey‘s version is my all-time favorite. I certainly can’t sing like her, but I try! It’s one that always makes me excited for the season.
If you haven’t seen the recent mash-up of the song courtesy of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, it’s awesome!
“Carol of the Bells”
I love this song. It gives me chills every single time! My parents play handbells at church. That’s my favorite way to hear it, but I love a good string quartet, too.
Here’s a few others that I’ve found:
- Carol of the Bells – Pentatonix
- Carol of the Bells (for 12 cellos) – The Piano Guys
- Carol of the Bells – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is one of my favorite musical groups of all-time. I was lucky enough to see them perform in 2012 at our local Hampton Coliseum. Since then, I’ve desperately wanted to see them again!
Their spin on Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” is impressive, titled Christmas Canon.
Another classic from TSO. This is one of my top three Christmas songs of all-time, one that I listen to multiple times every single year. It’s stunning!
“Go Tell It on the Mountain”
This is one of those songs that I look forward to singing every year.
“It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”
I remember learning to play this on my viola. I love singing it, but also listening to it.
“Mary, Did You Know?”
Let me tell you, I went crazy for Clay Aiken after he became runner-up on season two of American Idol.
That’s part of the reason I love this song now. His version was just beautiful. I remember receiving his Christmas CD and playing it on repeat.
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
This music always gives me chills. It’s almost haunting.
I fell in love with this version the minute it started. I think it’s partly because I played piano, and then viola, so anything with piano and strings captures my heart: O come, O come, Emmanuel – (Piano/Cello) – The Piano Guys.
Hearing this song always makes me think of the end of Aldersgate’s Christmas Eve services. We all light candles, and the entire sanctuary is darkened as we sing. It’s just a gorgeous scene.
Lindsey Stirling is my girl. She’s amazing! Seeing her in concert at the NorVA a few years ago blew me away. Take a few minutes and listen to her version of Silent Night.
“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”
Sung by Thurl Ravenscroft for the 1966 Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas special, I love this song!
Fun Fact: We watched this on TV last night!
However you celebrate the season, I wish all of you many blessings, safe travels, and cherished time with family and friends!
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂