Husband and I agree on a lot of things but Christmas music is not one of them. On Christmas morning in his house, he and his 4 siblings had to wait at the top of the stairs and then come down one by one to Bing Crosby's "White Christmas". This was after of course, the night before, snuggling up together watching It's a Wonderful Life and sharing at dinner what blessings they were most thankful for that year.
Growing up, if my parents made us wait at the top of the stairs, it probably would have turned into some sort of competition to see who could get down the fastest. And being that I have already explained that my brothers had a turf field in the basement, and we used to jump off our deck into a pile of leaves, you can imagine that Bing Crosby wouldn't exactly be a crowd favorite. We preferred really endearing holiday music traditions like when my grandfather used to line us up and have us sing "Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer"... to my grandmother. And we loved every second of it. Meanwhile, while Kev's family were in their holiday sweater finest, heading to the Church Choir Concert, my family was off to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra show, but only the half with the electric guitars and fire. Our family's favorite Christmas movie was Home Alone, and there might have been once or twice when we set up traps like Kevin McCalister's in our basement. My poor mother.
Anyways, when we were little, my parents had a CD entitled A Very Special Christmas. It is what we played every Christmas morning. Here is the song list (the ones in bold were our favorites):
1."Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" - The Pointer Sisters
2."Winter Wonderland" - Eurythmics
3."Do You Hear What I Hear?" - Whitney Houston
4."Merry Christmas Baby" - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
5."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - The Pretenders
6."I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" - John Cougar Mellencamp
7."Gabriel's Message" - Sting
8."Christmas in Hollis" - Run–D.M.C.
9."Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" - U2
10."Santa Baby" - Madonna
11."The Little Drummer Boy" - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
12."Run Rudolph Run" - Bryan Adams
13."Back Door Santa" - Bon Jovi
14."The Coventry Carol" - Alison Moyet
15."Silent Night" - Stevie Nicks
Husband didn't even know Bruce Springsteen and Run-DMC had Christmas songs. It is a travesty really. So this year, as we realize C$ kinda knows what is going on, and we try to decide what of our past family holiday traditions we want to incorporate into our new little family's life, our Christmas morning music might be the most eclectic mix of all. Although I maybe I will spare my mother getting a concert from her grandchild about getting run over by a reindeer. Maybe.
Have a great weekend!