November 1st kicks-off Christmas music season. This is a hard & fast rule established in the 1980's by my mother. As soon as the Halloween candy was gone (which with 6 unruly kids was actually October 31st at about 8:12pm), she would start simmering gaggy holiday scented potpourri & crank Elvis and Bing Crosby on the radio. (Or tape deck or record player...this part of the memory was erased by the annual 3 month migraine induced by the overwhelming scent of clove. gag!)
I have to admit as annoying as this tradition was as a kid, I have fully embraced it as an adult. Although it's probably a bit more tolerable for my kids....with the invention of internet radio and Yankee Candles they can enjoy a little variety with my holiday sounds & smells.
To get this celebration started I wanted to share some great holiday songs with you. This way you can add them to your internet station & listen to them continuously for the next 53 days 11 hours 18 minutes and 8 seconds! You're welcome.
- O' Little Town Of Bethlehem - Johnny Mathis
- The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams
- All I Want For Christmas Is You - Michael Buble
- Don't They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid
- Joy To The World - The American Boychoir
- Christmas Canon - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues
- Happy Christmas - John Lennon
- Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
- Jolly Old St. Nick - Ray Conniff
- Face of Love - Jewel (On her holiday album, but not Christmasy. We had this song in our wedding.)
- Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder
And as a bonus, I'm sharing this hilarious article about potpourri. I found it while stealing the potpourri photo above. Win/Win - this is the best November 1st ever!
Now back to the music.