X is for Xmas music (ABC W)

Crosby had a Christmas special, which aired AFTER HE DIED and he had Ziggy Stardust on?


It’s been long established that the term Xmas is not an insult to Christians, but rather that the X actually represents the cross, as I’ve noted here and undoubtedly elsewhere.

This is is going to be a list of some of my favorite Xmas music NOT otherwise represented in this blog this month, with links to each. Of course, “Christmas” songs are peculiar beasts, some of which don’t even mention the holiday – Let It Snow (X3) or Jingle Bells being obvious choices. And let’s not even talk about the theological implications.

Hamildolph – Eclipse 6 (a new one for me)

Christmastime is Here – Vince Guaraldi

Good King Wenceslas – Ames Brothers

Little Saint Nick – Beach Boys

Purple Snowflakes – Marvin Gaye. I song I had not heard until this season, yet I had, sort of.

The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole. One of my wife’s favorites, and Nat always reminds me of my mom

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love. Way better than the U2 version on A Very Special Christmas 1.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town – the Jackson 5

Linus and Lucy – Vince Guaraldi

This Christmas – Donny Hathaway – I miss Donny Hathaway

Snoopy’s Christmas – the reason I took such great exception to the Snoopy v Osama record is that it wasn’t THIS Snoopy

Child of Winter – Beach Boys. A 1974 single I discovered on one of those early 1970s Warner Brothers Loss Leaders

Mele Kalikimaka -Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters, which I think is a hoot

Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses, which reminds me of my pop music listening renaissance in the early 1980s

The Wexford Carol – Yo-Yo Ma, Alison Krauss

The Christmas Waltz – Frank Sinatra, which is on some 4 CD Capitol singles box set

Getting Ready For Christmas Day – Paul Simon, from his 2011 album

Every valley shall be exalted – Lizz Lee and Chris Willis (with Mike E.) from Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

The Mistletoe and Me – Isaac Hayes – and I miss Isaac

Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth -Bing Crosby and David Bowie This was strange. Crosby had a Christmas special, which aired AFTER HE DIED and he had Ziggy Stardust on? Now, Bowie’s gone too.

Father Christmas -The Kinks

River – Joni Mitchell. Hey, it namechecks Christmas, and it reminds me of my late friend Donna

What Christmas Means To Me – Stevie Wonder; Paul Young does a decent version on A Very Special Christmas 2, but it doesn’t hold an Advent candle to the original.

R.O. Blechman – CBS Christmas Message (1966)

The Bells of Christmas – Julie Andrews, from a Firestone (tire company) LP I still own. There’s an extended version of this which is less good

Winter Snow – Booker T & the MGs (starts at 2:30)

Slightly off topic:

In defense of Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime”

World’s First AI-generated Christmas Song Is the Stuff of Nightmares

Honest Trailers – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

The Korean War on Christmas

ABC Wednesday – Round 19

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

14 thoughts on “X is for Xmas music (ABC W)”

  1. Now I have a few of those rattling around in my head!
    I have to admit there are some of those I have never heard before…of course I probably live under a rock…

  2. Wonderfully informative post, Roger as usual ~ particularly like this one as I love music and especially Peanuts and couldn’t remember the man who composed the music so thanks,

    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas ~ ^_^

  3. Like your choices Roger. I went through the Bing Crosby Christmas music while writing my post and it brought back so many memories….

  4. My favourite is “Mary Did You Know?” and has been since I first heard it in the Christmas concert at my church the year I was in the choir. I can listen to anyone singing it and absolutely get goose bumps when I hear it. The other one I love is “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. But it isn’t really a Christmas song but does sound beautiful. My late husband and I saw him in concert in Ottawa back in the late 80s and he was so talented.

    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

    abcw team

  5. She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) finished up their Christmas Party album with something called “Christmas Don’t Be Late,” which is the old Chipmunk Song without any Chipmunks. Now that takes nerve.

    Booker T. and the MGs put out a sprightly (and then some) version of “Jingle Bells.”

  6. Some delightful music there Roger, one of my favourite pieces
    of Christmas music called The Coventry Carol in which I sang the solo
    part at our Church’s carol service.
    It tells of the massacre of the Innocents,
    where King Herod ordered all the infants under the age of two in Bethlehem to
    be killed because he was warned there would be a new Messiah to replace him.and
    it would be a baby boy.
    The carol takes the form of a lullaby sung by the mothers of the doomed children.
    Every good wish for a joyful Christmas,
    to you and yours,
    ABCW team.

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