Can you believe we are at this point already? In about two weeks, we are going to be in 2023. I have to confess that I have had a hard time hopping into the holiday spirit. There is some serious shopping to be done, and it feels like I have so little time to do it.
Would it make me a Scrouge to say that it has been hard for me to get into Christmas this year? I’m not sure if it’s inflation that brings out the holiday cynic in me, or if I’ve just had my head down in the books and now I’m not prepared with Christmas in a week, but I’m not really feeling the Christmas vibes this year.
Something that is key to the vibe is music, so I’ve been trying to incorporate more into my December playlist. It might be something to share, so I’m going to share my six unique holiday songs to get me into the mood here.
“A Nonsense Christmas” by Sabrina Carpenter
You probably already know by the fact that I wrote about her latest album that I’m a huge fan. Was I expecting to be in her top 0.05% of listeners according to Spotify? Nope, but she dominated my Spotify Wrapped.
I was notified when this song recently dropped, and it is a cool Christmas remix to her song “Nonsense.” Parents, I would say it is a little risque, so just be prepared with some earmuffs if this song comes on and your children are under the age of 13.
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett has dropped a Christmas album this year, and out of the four songs, this one is going to give me the Christmas spirit I need. Sonically, it is very grandiose, and I love how merry his voice sounds.
“Santa, Can’t You Hear Me – Live” by Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande
I know the coaches on The Voice keep changing so this is subject to change, but that’s unlikely, so I’m going to share a feeling I have: I thought The Voice hit its peak when it had both Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande as coaches. I loved the dynamic, and I believe that Kelly Clarkson exudes all the warmth anyone would need during the holidays. So I’ve included this duet here.
“Like It’s Christmas” by the Jonas Brothers
A key element to the holiday season: family. Of course, I had to honor that here by including a family band, and my generation loves the Jonas Brothers. They are the example of family being forever and always, because even though they had a falling out, they got the band back together. And they made Christmas music, which is its own gift.
“O Holy Night” or “Silent Night” by Brett Elderidge
Sue me, I could not decide between the two. Brett Elderidge has a voice that makes me feel a holiness to my deepest core, similar to what the song “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen does to me. There is a resonance that echoes into the empty parts of my skeleton and shakes my spirit, and these two songs are the epitome of that.
“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause” by The Cheetah Girls
No, your mind is not playing tricks on you. Yes, I did throw it back with a Cheetah Girls song. Why? One is because this was my favorite Christmas song as a kid, and I am hoping that returning to that memory will bring out my child-like love of Christmas again. Two is because Adrianne Bailon-Houghton is now on my television four nights a week as a host of E! News, so I have been reminded of the existence of The Cheetah Girls. The nostalgia might be just what I need this holiday season.
So I’ve linked my full December playlist here, just in case you’re interested in seeing what else I’m listening to. Are you listening to anything to spark the Christmas spirit in you? What is the most important thing during the holidays? Is there a special holiday tradition that you have? I would love to know in the comments below!
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