I'm not at all a fan of Christmas music in general, but you can hardly get away from it. And some is not so terrible, even if the lyrics grate on conscience. Songs like "Oh Holy Night" flatter my basso profundo voice, and so I enjoy singing them even while ignoring their context. Here's my favorite sentimental Christmas song -- White Wine in the Sun by Tim Minchin:
I like Silver Bells.
"Silver bells. Something smells
I think it's coming from the city
Ding a ling. You ding a ling
Soon it will be Christmas day."
Thanks for introducing me to Tim Minchin's song about the real-world meaning of the holiday, from a thoroughly secular and Australian perspective!
"I'll be seeing my dad / My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum / They'll be drinking white wine in the sun .... And you, my baby girl ... you will learn someday ... these are the people who'll make you feel safe in this world." (from one of many lyrics sites)
And thanks also to Idaho Spud for sharing a Flying Spaghetti Monster version of Carol of the Bells:
The discussion on "Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs", started last year, is worth revisiting, including "What Gift is This?" (humanist words to Greensleeves), pointers to The Klezmonauts' "Oy to the World" as well as "Amazing Science", Jethro Tull's "Solstice Bells", and new humanist lyrics (with sheet music) to the Hallelujah Chorus!
I got a couple things going on. The first is itself a first: the initial solo from Handel's Messiah - "Comfort Ye." Yeah, I know they throw around the christian god and Jerusalem and all of that, and you know what? When you have a soloist singing like this, I Don't Care!!!
And now for something completely different, as Monty Python would say. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass' version of "Let It Snow" has been a sentimental favorite of mine for as long as I've known of it. I just put this up on the Hang with Friends group, but I figure, what the heck. Enjoy!
Oooooo, Pat! KINKY! [chuckle!]
One of my favorite secular Christmas songs is this particular version of "The Christmas Waltz" by one of my favorite singers: the infinitely classy Nancy Wilson. My parents had this on vinyl and I grew up hearing it every year in the 60's and 70's.
As far as traditional sacred songs, two seem to make the top of my list: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "We Three Kings." Both are similar for their brooding, minor key and Medieval-sounding quality, which seems to resonate with me. I like the melody as well.