As I get old(er) my tastes change.
I was always told this would happen.
But I assumed this would only apply to things such as vegetables, clothing styles and shoes.
Trading butter-soaked veggies for steamed ones, swapping out my midriff-bearing tops for loose tunics (yes, I actually wore shirts that exposed my belly. Not OK.) and finding myself looking for comfortable flats to wear versus finding the sexiest shoes I could find and not caring whether or not I’d be able to walk the next day. For the record, I hope I always find Tevas unappealing no matter how old I get.
I didn’t, however, realize this maturing taste also applied Christmas music.
At a young age, Amy Grant was the “it” for me in the Christmas music genre. I used to choreograph very dramatic routines in my room to her toe-tapping version of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” simply entitled, “Emmanuel”. If you are my age and a woman, you know you LOVED that song. It was very 80s and pure awesomeness.
I just figured I’d always enjoy and hate the same Christmas songs year after year. It wasn’t until I was bouncing in my seat and dancing to a Christmas song I used to vehemently DESPISE that I realized I needed to update my list of favorite songs for the season.
I’m not going to lie, Amy Grant is still on my list. There are some songs that simply qualify as classic for me and her over-synthesized version of that Christian hymn will forever remain untouched on my list. It’s the “We Built this City” of Christmas music – you have to be born in the 80s to appreciate it.
Anyway, that said, here is my new more mature, albeit potentially more cheesy, updated list of favorite holiday songs in no particular order.
What are some of your favorite songs? Share in the comments section!
1. “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”
2. “Linus and Lucy”
3. Bare Naked Ladies’ version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”.
4. The Babs version of “Jingle Bells” (Despite how you feel about Streisand musically, politically, or otherwise, her Jingle Bells blows the others out of the water. Even my husband agrees.)
5. Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time” (This is the one that I always hated up until this year.)
6. “O Holy Night” (Pretty much anyone’s version as long as they can sing and don’t puss out on that big note. Honestly, the chick from Glee’s version is pretty insane.)
7. “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson (Not totally Christmas, per se, but still works)
8. Amy Grant’s “Emmanuel” (She built that hymn on Rock and Roll)
9. Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” (For the record, my husband can imitate Bing Crosby to a T! It’s completely entertaining and really funny but most of you will never get to hear it because he “doesn’t do it on demand”.)
10. James Taylor’s “Some Children See Him”.