I usually do not play Christmas music in the house until after Gaudate Sunday, mostly because: A) It allows at least 2 weeks to focus solely on Advent and B) it keeps me from wanting to pull my hair out at the endless looping of the same songs.
This is challenging because, everyone else starts playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving! (Or earlier in some cases…) Now that I am playing Christmas Music in my house, I’ve decided that I have a new favorite secular Christmas song.
Past title holders have been:
What are you doing New Year’s Eve?
(It must’ve been) Ol’ Santa Claus (Harry Connick, Jr.)
The Christmas Song
The Christmas Waltz
Usually, how it works, is that the favorites tend to get replayed over and over and over again. And, in an odd move by this ESTJ, I pick the song based on how it makes me feel! So this years’ favorite?
Baby, It’s cold outside!
I know, I know… I’ve heard it called the “date rape” song too, but come on! To me, it’s a cute, flirty song sung between a courting pair, back in the days of gentlemen, ladies and scotch.
I love how she sings that her mother will worry and her father will be pacing the floor and sure it gets a little weird when she asks what he put in the drink and kind of funny that she’ll stay for cigarette more. And he lays on the flatter thickly: “Man, your lips look delicious” is repeated at least twice in some versions!
So, in my Christmas Playlist I have three versions:
Dino (Dean Martin)
Kurt and Blaine from the Glee episode last year (2010)
So that’s it. Maybe it’s my song this year because here in Pasadena… It’s not so cold outside!