"Hehehe, hello, friends, it's me, the Christmas Creep! People have been warning you all about me this time of year. I get it. Christmas sucks all the air out of the room and there are other holidays going on within the next few months. Oh, don't misunderstand me, I do love Christmas. Perhaps too much. But I do love people spreading their love of all the winter holidays around this time of year! So I want to hear from you! I want a winter holiday playlist to help get me through the holidays. After all, I spend so much of my time stressing out about getting gifts, attending parties and also devouring naughty or behaviourally-unaligned children that by the end of the season, I'm just frazzled. I need something to fuel the spirit. So please, I want to hear all about YOUR favourite holiday songs. I know this is early but if we don't get started now, well, by December it will be too late for my MUSICAL ADVENT CALENDAR! That's right, starting Dec. 1, you'll be getting two songs a day from my own special Holiday radio station chosen by you. And I understand people fed up this early but we got to do this now. The deadline is in twenty days time but in all likelihood you'll still be able to do it by Nov. 30. But please try to have it in BEFORE then if possible."
You heard the green thing. If you haven't done this before, here's how it works.
A) Send a list of your top 25 favourite holiday songs or pieces of music. You are free to send a smaller list if you want but I will say my personal preference is a full list if possible.
B) PM me your list. And keep it a secret! Treat it like a secret gift.
C) I'll tally everyone's list and make a composite list of 50 songs.
And here are the rules:
1) The songs or pieces can be from any "Winter" holiday or observance. I'll include any celebration ranging from American Thanksgiving to any in January.
2) Obviously, there are a lot of versions of the same tune. You can just submit the standard and your preferred version. If the preferred version makes a strong showing, I might choose to separate the two. I'll be happy to make certain exceptions, especially if it is strongly different from the source.
3) There are a lot of songs about Winter that aren't necessarily holiday songs. They count. I'm also including songs originally not intended to be related to the holidays that got folded into it.
4) As you might expect from how I'm framing this, Christmas will make a strong showing but feel free to think outside the box. I get that there is a problem with Christmas sucking a lot of the air in the room (it's actually a part of my Early Childhood Anti-Bias class) and there are a lot of great celebrations and a lot of amazing music from different cultures and traditions that deserve to be noted. And yes, I am making it an advent calendar which is specifically Christmas but most of these holidays are actually done before them except Boxing Day, New Years and Orthodox Christmas.
5) You also don't need to limit yourself to the obvious ones. You can include comedy or novelty songs about the season, ones from movies and such. Note that even if it is a Christmas movie, make sure the song is about the holidays too (like, "What's This?" from the Nightmare Before Christmas works better than "This is Halloween.")
Gee, is there anything I'm forgetting? If I am or you notice a blind spot, let me know.
Here are some winter Holidays:
Christmas, Orthodox Christmas (I celebrate both Christmases), Thanksgiving (American), Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, Santa Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, New Years and National Thesaurus Day
Well, the deadline is Nov. 26, 2023. Please remember it and I hope everyone takes part. I know the next two months are kind of busy but I really am hoping to get, at the very least, 15 lists. Wish me and the Christmas Creep luck, OK everyone?
"I eat my young."