On November first I posted on Facebook that I was starting to listen to Christmas music. That post had mixed reviews. Some people were all YAY! for you and some people were all NO! never before Thanksgiving. And I’m good with either because mostly I don’t care what anyone else is doing when it comes to Christmas music, I just know when it’s right for me to start.
Truthfully, some years this happens on November 1st and some years it’s later, it all depends on how I’m feeling and what’s going on. Last year, for instance, when November 1st rolled around, Bob had just died and I was sad and Christmas music just didn’t happen until we were well into December. This year, though? This year I was ready and raring to go. I attribute some of this to my late start last year and some of it to election season anxiety – and that, of course, has now turned into post election despair so, truly we need a little Christmas right this very minute.
Now. This is me so you know there are rules about early season Christmas music. Some of the mix has to include Thanksgiving music and that, my friends is no easy feat. I do have a couple of versions of We Gather Together and there is, of course, Alice’s Restaurant. And the rest of my Early Christmas Playlist (yes, that’s what I call it) is made up of Christmas music I really love but not necessarily stuff that’s well known or played on the radio. As in, we’re not talking about Jingle Bells.
My favorite, and the one I always listen to first, is Fernando Ortega singing Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. And then I go straight to Alan Jackson’s Let It Be Christmas. After that it’s fair game for a bunch of special ones such as All That I Want for Christmas by The Rescues and Darlene Love’s Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) and also All Alone on Christmas. There’s also The Heartache Can Wait by Brandi Carlile and Who Comes This Night by James Taylor.
So. That’s the deal with me and the early Christmas jam. How about you? When do you start listening? And what do you listen to first?