These days, we start hearing "Jingle Bells" around October 1st, and the holiday jingle onslaught continues 'til the post-Christmas clearance sales are over in mid-January. As much as we love classic songs like "Silent Night" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", we thought we'd suggest some alternate tunage to you this year. Each of us editors will be presenting our Fab Five Holiday Playlist, of songs that remind us of the joy (and stress) of the holiday season, and some fun gift ideas that tie in with 'em.
1. "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
The temperature drops below 60 and I instantly start belting "Baby, It's Cold Outside" sung by the original recording artists Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer. There is something about the adorable tug-and-pull that has me searching for mistletoe and a dark corner. Now if only my husband would memorize the male portion of the lyrics so when I pour him a stiff scotch on the rocks in his new monogrammed rocks glasses, it would be less housewife-y and more flirty.
Every Christmas my mom plays the same movie over and over and over. And I do love that movie but it's time to create my own traditions. Or just totally bogart someone's already established traditions. My husband got me started on A White Christmas a few years back and it has stuck with me ever since then. Maybe it is the military through line, maybe it's the time period or maybe it's the romance, but hearing Bing Crosby sing White Christmas gets me every time. So this year, when me and boys cuddle on the couch under our Snuggies, I can just wipe my snotty, emotional nose on my blanket/sleeve.
3. "Santa Baby"
Christmas is a time to show those that you love how much you care. And I just happen to show my husband that I care through sex. He has never, ever complained about my completely over-the-top stylized dance routine to Marilyn Monroe's "Santa Baby" while I wear my completely over-the-top Ballerina Santa Bustier and Tutu on Christmas Eve. And who would?
4. "Carolina In My Mind"
After I'm done playing naughty Mrs. Clause and spoiling my family with holiday breakfasts and treats, we always head to South Carolina to visit family. There's never a holiday season that I don't pop in this childhood James Taylor classic and wish myself on the shores of Pawley's Island again. Perhaps that why I keep a little palmetto tree dangling from my key chain all year long.
5. "Fa Ra Ra Ra Ra, Ra Ra Ra Raaaa"
No holiday season would be complete without a 24 hour marathon of A Christmas Story and it wouldn't be A Christmas Story without those Chop Suey Palace boys singing their best rendition of Fa Ra Ra Ra Ra, Ra Ra Ra Raaaa. My grandfather just happens to be obsessed with this flick and watching him laugh his geriatric ass off is a gift in and of itself. So last year we got him a mini-leg lamp and I'm fairly certain he's going to ask for a Nehi Bottling Company casket when the time comes.
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