The first breezes of December (which actually started blowing in earnest on the last day of November) herald “the holiday season.” So in the spirit of the season I thought I’d share my favorite festive songs:
1. Adam Sandler, “The Hanukkah Song.” Growing up in South Florida, this was constantly on the radio beginning on the first day of Hanukkah. (Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish friends!) It’s a classic and whenever I hear it I’m reminded that it’s holiday time.
2. Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas is You.” This is a great pop song, regardless of the lyrics. The video is super cute and even though I don’t associate Christmas with snow I appreciate the visual contrast between the whites and reds.
3. Chris Isaak, “Christmas Mix.” I’m a HUGE Chris Isaak fan and will listen to anything sung by him, Christmas, Sesame Street, you name it. I’ve never been to Hawaii, but something in his voice makes me believe that spending the holidays there would be especially rad.
4. David Bowie and Bing Crosby, “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth.” Bowie and Bing all dressed in blue—amazing! This seems like the most secular song out of the bunch and one of my all-time holiday favorites for that reason. A universal message of peace is always appreciated and needed. And it’s a beautiful duet, to boot.
5. The LeeVees, “Latke Clan.” After many, many hours spent watching the first two seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy” this song is now part of my DNA. And every time I hear it I think about a swinging family holiday party that’s lasted just a little too long and it’s time for the adults to go to bed.