On the way to school this morning, DJ Mo-Dizz was in the back seat calling out her all time favorite Christmas songs. Topping the list was "Carol of the Bells" (color me surprised), selections from the Nutcracker, and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by the Jackson Five. Not a bad little playlist she has going on there.
Not to be outdone, Co chimed in that those were her favorite songs, too, and couldn't I please turn on the Christmas channel on the radio.
"Lite 98! Lite 98!" Morgan crowed from the backseat as I fumbled with Pandora on my phone at a stoplight.
"I know, I know," I said, but evidently, before 8am Lite 98 is still playing selections from the Hall and Oates and Peter Cetera catalog. No Christmas music. I hit search on the XM radio, hoping to find some holiday music, but came up with "No Diggity" on the 90s channel, "I Need You Tonight" on the 80s channel, and "Jar of Hearts" on the Blend.
We were going to miss out on some holiday tunes before the girls got to school if I didn't get it together. Going with one of my favorites, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey (the original, sans Justin(e) Beiber), I created a holiday station that got their little voices rising and falling with the chorus of "Joy to the World", "This Christmas," and "Santa Baby."
With the advent of Spotify, Pandora, I Heat Radio and the rest, my iTunes Christmas playlist is practically a relic. Still, in the month of December, I like to load it up, turn it to shuffle and let it do it's thing. If you don't have these on your rotation, do yourself a favor and add them before you get put on the naughty list.
1. Walking in a Winter Wonderland by Peggy Lee
2. What Child is This by Vanessa Williams
3. Stay a Little Longer Santa by Shemeika Copeland
4. Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt
5. Carol of the Bells by the American Boys Choir
6. My Favorite Things by the Supremes
7. Sleigh Ride by the Ronettes
8. Baby It's Cold Outside by Dean Martin
9. The 12 Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser
and of course, number 10. All I Want for Christmas (Is You) by Mariah Carey. I know there's a video of Mariah frolicking in the snow, and I know that there's a video of Mariah and Bieber frolicking through Macy's. The video below, though, will get your holiday spirit soaring, or maybe just your sides splitting.