Songs of Good Cheer

When deciding my favorite Christmas songs, I have several that come to mind.  First I have to decide if I want a hymn, a carol, or a catchy original tune.   Or do I want to pick a specialty album by some of my favorite artists? I love the Pink Martini Christmas Album, and then there is Weezer’s O Holy Night.  Of course there is TransSiberian Orchestra that has been a favorite of mine since I was 12.  There’s always the memory of the little christmas play I did when I sang “We Need A Little Christmas.” from Mame.  But wait, there’s that one that makes me laugh and smile every time and totally gets me grooving.  Yes, this one is it!

Well, yes, that is a favorite, but I can’t say it’s THE favorite.  What song is it that defines Christmas for me? The one that I am saddened if we don’t sing it at Christmas Eve service. The one that brings memories flooding. The one that fills my heart with joy.  The one that builds my excitement for the coming of the Newborn King. For the spirit of the music and for the lyrics and for the inablity to keep me from singing, my favorite Christmas song is…. the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.  It helps that I sang it every year for 6 years at my high school’s annual Messiah performance.  But I’m not just stuck singing my soprano part.  This is partly due to the fact that I am no longer a soprano, but also because I love to sing all the other parts, especially the tenor and bass.  And the lyrics, oh the lyrics. What joy and adoration!

King of Kings! And Lord of Lords! And He shall reign forever and ever!

What is your favorite Christmas song? Can you narrow it down to 1? Whatever it may be, keep it on repeat, because you only have 11 more days to groove to it until it goes away for another year!


When Lacey asked me to write about my favorite Christmas song, I knew in an instant which song would top the list. There is a song that I look forward to every single year, one that I would give just about anything to see in concert. It is a song that I turn up whenever the radio plays it, on the rare occasion that it does. Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Carol of the Bells” is arguably the most passionate, soul-moving modern day Christmas song in rotation.

Though TSO is instrumental, I can hum along with the opening licks, “Hark! How the bells, Sweet silver bells, All seem to say, Throw cares away…” and as if a commandment, I do indeed throw all my cares away. For it’s Christmas time….a time for love and servitude. A time for giving—not only of one’s treasure, but of one’s time and talents as well. In case it wasn’t clear in yesterday’s Letter to Santa, I. Love. Christmas for all of the feelings it conjures—gratitude, blessed, a sense of commitment to the community—and TSO has the magical ability to put these feelings into musical notes that mystify the senses and captivate the soul. When “Carol of the Bells” plays, with its awesome guitar riffs, one cannot help but immediately buy in to the spirit of the season. Georgia Cates was correct…Music is what feelings sound like.