I know it might seem a little early to be getting in the Christmas spirit, but in my opinion, Christmas cheer can begin as soon as Halloween is over! Since Halloween has passed, we are well on our way to Thanksgiving which means that Christmas is not that far away.
In honor of Christmas being so close (a month and a few weeks, give or take a few), I am going to share with you what my all-time favorite Christmas songs are.
"The Christmas Waltz" as sung by Frank Sinatra
I truly believe that this is one of the most beautiful Christmas songs ever written. The way that Sinatra sings it is simply flawless; his diction makes my heart warm. Focus on the second time he sings "falls in love", and I promise you won't be disappointed. I also really like Harry Connick Jr.'s rendition of the song, but it is an entirely different style, far more jazzy.
"O Holy Night" as sung by Josh Groban
"Baby It's Cold Outside" as performed in Neptune's Daughter
Trust me, I know what you are probably thinking. Nowadays whenever I tell people that I like this song, they usually start on a feminist tirade about what an awful message the song is sending. But in my opinion, if you watch the song in the context of the movie, it's just playful banter between the characters. I don't think the intention was ever to make a song with lyrics about alcohol, drugs, and sexual harassment (at least not in this particular decade). As to why I enjoy this song, I enjoy it because it's catchy and fun.
"I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" as sung by Dean Martin
Dean Martin really was one of the kings of cool. The way he sings this song is so effortless; I just adore his voice. Ella Fitzgerald also does a really good job with this song as well. Something weird that I just realized is that I have a strong preference for male vocalists. Maybe it's because their deeper voices are more soothing to me; I don't know. Whatever the case, hats off to Dino and Ella for nailing this song.
Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby Christmas Special 1957
This last video is one that I hold near and dear to my heart. Two of the most important contributors to the music industry in one Christmas special; what more could you want? Every word that came out of Crosby's mouth was magical, and we all already know how I feel about Sinatra's voice. If you haven't seen this special, take 15 minutes out of your time to watch it. You will not be disappointed; I promise!
I hope that I have managed to instill some Christmas magic in you through some of these songs. Be prepared to see many more Christmas-themed posts in the next coming weeks. Cheers!