Christmas Carols: Music to Your Ears or "Bah, Humbug!"?

Take our poll and share your favorite holiday tunes.

Once upon a time, Christmas music wasn't heard until the first leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches were being made.

Now, radio stations and are playing holiday music before we've even started our Thanksgiving grocery lists.

That can have the unfortunate effect of making us sick of Christmas music weeks before Christmas. In spite of that, many of us still have favorites.

Maybe it's O Come All Ye Faithful because it was a staple of Midnight Mass when you were growing up. Or the Vince Guaraldi Trio's jazzy soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas is your refreshing alternative to some of the more schmaltzy holiday offerings.

Take our poll and share your favorites in the comments.

Is there a song you have to listen to no matter how often it's been played? Or do you want to pull an Elvis on your radio when you hear the adenoidal Satan's spawn in I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas?

Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra and Mitch Miller were the holiday staples on my parents' hi-fi. I've always loved classic choral and orchestral Christmas music, thanks to years in the school band and chorus. My mom has a taste for country Christmas music, and some of it is lovely in its simplicity, like Kathy Mattea's Good News or Christmas Time with The Judds. However, I would have been quite content to go through life without ever hearing John Denver's execrably depressing Please, Daddy, Don't Get Drunk This Christmas.

What memories do Christmas carols evoke for you?

Mike Eckart December 16, 2011 at 03:00 AM
Who doesn't love Christmas music?! Granted, I don't listen to it year round, but anyone without Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra on their iPod is missing out!! Lots of great, classic songs and melodies put to everything from old world sounds to rhythm-heavy rock beats. Once you start listening to those two groups, you start to recognize them EVERYWHERE on TV, on show and movie soundtracks and especially in the background of commercials and news-segment segues and sign-offs. Check out Mannheim's God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb2wxGKHG78 and Carol of the Bells: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LqlMi3vsgY. They'll be at EJ Thomas this coming Sunday. Trans-Siberian, great ones too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0IwpRzWL_4
Patrick Giusto December 16, 2011 at 08:06 PM
Paul McCartney's "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime" is the among the worst songs ever written. It sounds like robot sheep being beaten to death, off-tempo. It's so bad, it hurts my self-esteem.
Mike Eckart December 16, 2011 at 08:10 PM
YES! You are right and described that piece-of-slop song perfectly! It's bad enough that it's a joke with me and few friends, who have been known to leave it on each other's voicemail the first time we hear it during the season. Thankfully, I've missed it so far.
Melissa Hebert December 17, 2011 at 02:51 PM
For me, that level of loathing is directed at "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas." The only thing that song is good for is as birth control.
Patrick Giusto December 18, 2011 at 06:55 PM
haha! Excellent.


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