It is never too early to start playing Christmas music

One of my kids complained on Thanksgiving Day because I was playing Christmas music too early in the season. Actually, I started listening to Christmas music November 1.

I love the Christmas season and I figure I am only going to be around for another 30 or so Christmases, so why not enjoy it for two months a year instead of one?

Here are some of my favorite Christmas tunes.

Sending You A Little Christmas by Jim Brickman (featuring vocalist Kristy Starling)

I first found this wonderful Christmas tune the year my son Brian was stationed overseas in Kuwait with the Oklahoma Army National Guard. The YouTube video shows Brickman and Starling (who is from Oklahoma City) with military folks. The message is even though you aren’t here, we sure are thinking about you (and praying for you). The Gift by Jim Brickman is a charming Christmas song, too.

Merry Christmas Darling by the Carpenters

This is a sweet song sung by the late Karen Carpenter that describes a couple who are apart but still wish they could see each other on Christmas. You could add (There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays by the Carpenters with the same sentimental theme. Plus, the Carpenters’s version of The Christmas Song paints a classic scene of what a family Christmas should be.

The Christmas Shoes by Newsong

This song is a real tear jerker. A man caught up the busyness of Christmas stands in line behind a young boy who doesn’t have enough money to buy a pair of Christmas shoes for his saintly, dying mother. He makes up the difference and God shows the man “what Christmas is all about.” My Mom passed away when I was 5 and this song always tugs at my heartstrings.

White Christmas by Bing Crosby

This is probably the most popular Christmas song ever recorded. It was especially meaningful when played to American soldiers fighting in Europe during World War II. It never gets old. Also, Bing’s version of Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian) is a really fun song. Another YouTube favorite is Bing Crosby’s duet with the late David Bowie, Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy. I would have never paired those two but it’s a great performance.

It Must Have Been Old Santa by Harry Connick, Jr.

This song doesn’t have any real connection to the true meaning of Christmas (the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ) but it has a really catching tune. It describes a trip by Santa Claus to the bedroom of a little boy – who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Amy Grant

Amy Grant has a ton of great Christmas tunes. Some of my favorites are Grown Up Christmas List, Tennessee Christmas and I’ll Be Home for Christmas.

It Must Have Been the Mistletoe by Barbara Mandrell

I’m not really a big fan of Barbara Mandrell but this is lively tune about two folks who fall in love at Christmas.

Celebrate Me Home by Kenny Loggins

I honestly can’t tell you all the words to this song because they are so jumbled. But this is such a catchy tune, I had to list it.

Let There Be Peace on Earth by Vince Gill and Jenny Gill

This is a classic duet with Vince Gill (of Oklahoma City) and his young daughter. It is a great sentiment and two outstanding vocalists.

Mary, Did You Know? by Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd

This is another fabulous duet in a song that ponders whether Mary, mother of Jesus, really understood that she was giving birth to the Son of God. She did, of course, but she may not have fully realized what that meant.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams

Just about any Christmas song by the late, great Andy Williams is a treat. When I was a boy, the whole family gathered to watch his annual Christmas Special. He had a great version of The Christmas Song plus Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season. Winter Wonderland and Christmas Present aren’t shabby, either. We saw his Christmas show in Branson twice and it was a rare treat. The folks in Branson miss him (we do, too).

Christmas Carols by various artists

The First Noel, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Silent Night, O’ Little Town of Bethlehem, Angels from the Realm of Glory, The Hallelujah Chorus; Away in a Manger, Joy to the World, Away in a Manger, O’ Come All Ye Faithful, Oh Holy Night and Do You Hear What I Hear? are just a few of the great Christmas carols.

Goofy Christmas Songs by various artists

I’m not a big fan of songs like Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer; You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch; I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus; The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late); I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas; and others. This is very subjective and I am not telling anyone not to listen to these. I just like good music and tend to be more sentimental when it comes to Christmas.

Anyway, there is a lot of good Christmas music floating around out these and it is OK to start listening to it before Thanksgiving.