Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Merry Music

Whether you're out and about holiday shopping...

Or all curled up on the sofa with a warm cup of cocoa...

Christmas music always makes things a little more merry!

We just love to listen to all the Christmas classics during the holiday season. Here are a few of our favorites.

Nothing puts Jess in the holiday spirit like the classic Christmas song "Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire." Nat King Cole's recording warms all of our hearts. 


Originally composed by Mykola Leontovych in 1904, "Carol of the Bells" is my personal favorite. It's such a beautiful and passionate piece. 

   

It's hard for my Mom to pick a favorite because she loves Christmas music so much!


When we were little, we would all sit around the Christmas tree and sing carols. Even when we got older, she always wanted to sing, and it would crack us up when we came home for Christmas and there was Mom, gathering us into the living room to sing holiday songs! 

"Silent Night" was always a favorite. And who sings it better than Frank Sinatra?...Except maybe Mom, of course...( ; 


And how can you talk about Christmas music without mentioning classics like "Silver Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Let It Snow," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and all of the other beautiful, spirited songs that help us to celebrate this special time of year? 


Well, you simply can't. If you have a favorite Christmas song we forgot to mention, we'd just love to hear it.

On a final merry note, this home light show to "Carol of the Bells" is a must-see. How fun would it be to put on a production like this!  


 Happy Listening!

~ Nel ~

28 comments:

Dolly Daydreams said...

Hi Nel, well you have taken me right back to my childhood with your music choices, especially Burl Ives !!! His voice was so rich and beautiful and he was one of my grandmothers favourites. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of lovely Christmases gone by.

Marie

Myric said...

There's nothing like ol'e Christmas classics.

xoxo
Myric

TARYTERRE said...

LOVE 'em all. Carols are always playing at our house during the month of December. I always get in the spirit of things when I first hear... We Need a Little Christmas Now and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Take care.

Barbara F. said...

I have two different reactions to Christmas music, some of it puts me in the mood to decorate and bake, etc. as I am bopping around singing along. But there are other songs which bring me to tears, like "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (personal memory from way back in 1978 and still gets me). xo

NanaDiana said...

Nel-I love that Carol of the Bells song, too! It is one of my all time favorites. Hope you are enjoying all the sounds of the season~ xo Diana

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh such gorgeous pictures--and happy memories of Christmases I loved as a kid!!! and I adore the music!!!
XO
Cindy

Shirley said...

Christmas music would not be music without all the old time great's. I'm so lucky that my husband is a fan of Christmas music and plays it all the season. He has no favorite, likes it all, but mine is also Silent Night along with Winter Wonderland and The Little Drummer Boy..I love the songs sung the traditional way but dont mind who is singing them...
Let the music begin..

special 'k' said...

I hear you! I adore Christmas music I always have it playing - at home at work. Your post is just lovely and the pictures make me smile inside. Thank you for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest, dearest Sheri,

Oh how kind your comment is to me today. I was at school all day long, but I so enjoy coming home to connect with everyone that I can. Blogging has been a real gift to me, for like many, I need to connect with others that have a vision for creative expression. Whether it is 3:30am or 9:00pm, it is important for me to connect. THANK YOU for such a wonderful word of friendship to me today; it really does mean a lot to me. AND I LOVE CHRISTMAS MUSIC! I have to think about what I will play for my next post...Oh how Ilove to compose my posts!!!! Anita

Lori said...

I love Christmas music and have it piping throughout our home during December. I especially love to hear it when I'm out and about shopping, etc!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Sheri,
Love Christmas music too. In fact music has always been a big part of my life in all seasons but especially this time of year. We love playing the gorgeous carols throughout the house.
So enjoyed catching up with your posts and all the gorgeous decor you share for Christmas. Everything is just wonderful.

Thank you for stopping by and your kind words. You are always an inspiration and it means more then you know.
Best wishes in my giveaway.
XO Celestina Marie

C'est moi Claudette said...

Hi ladies,
You have every single one of my fav's too. Nat King Cole being my most fav.
Is that someone's real house? Dancing lights, I love it, and to music? WOW.
I always wished I could sing and play the piano. My mom loved to dance, but singing, well, let's just say I take after her, lol. Oh how I miss her right now. Daughters and mothers. LOVE. My daughter turned 23 today. Her name is Brittany. Now SHE can sing. AMAZING, but that's another story ; )
LOVED your post tonight Nel,
xoxoxoxoox

romance-of-roses said...

I feel just like Barbara R. sometimes I'm in the kitchen cooking and singing, then other times the songs make me cry, what are we to do...Love all the old songs, my favorite Little Drummer Boy. Thank you for visiting, but you will have to come back to see my little angel I just bought on a red crown. Hugs...Lu

Anne said...

Hi Ladies! I love all the photos and your blog is fantastic! Thanks for the lovely comments and I would be delighted to follow your lovely blog:)
~Anne

Sell WoW Accounts said...

my favorite would be white christmas =)

Deborah said...

Oh you are so right Sherri!
I love Christmas music!!!
All the ones you mentioned here are perfect! I adored Silver Bells with Doris Day too as a child!!
Thanks for the beautiful post!!
December Blessings!!

Deborah xoxo

karen - Simply Inspired said...

so great... thanks... i love Burl Ives... such fun to see him here. december happiness to you.
-xok.

Jill said...

thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment Sheri, I love being a stay at home mom too!! Nat King Cole singing the Christmas song is my all time favorite but O Holy Night is a close second.
You and your daughters have a beautiful blog

Cottage and Broome said...

Sheri, thanks for stopping by. We love to listen to old Frank Sinatra holiday recording, those are our favorite. Have a wonderful holiday season, Laura

Pam Traskos said...

Greetings Sheri, I just love the classics, especially Bing Crosby's White Christmas, and Little Drummer Boy, I played the snare drum when I was a young girl so that was always a favorite! I love to switch it up and listen to Bebo Norman, Dave Barnes, and Harry Connick Jr. Thanks for your sweet comments and visiting! December hugs to you and your daughters! Pam

TARYTERRE said...

PS) Because we have always lived in two places at a time(until recently) my absolute favorite Christmas Song is ALL THOSE CHRISTMAS CLICHES by Nancy Lamott. I forgot to mention it last time I was here. I LOVE it so much I just wanted to share. If you've never heard it, give it a try.

The French Hutch said...

Oh I really love christmas music too. All the ones you'd mention here,, especially Silver Bells. Love to listen while decorating the house.

Emily
The French hutch

Katie*Belle said...

What a wonderful post! I absolutely love Christmas!

Draffin Bears said...

Such a lovely post and brought back happy memories.
We used to gather around the piano and sing Christmas Carols.
It really does get you in a Christmas spirit and loved seeing all your beautiful pictures.

Happy weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

Victorian1885 said...

I love Nat King Cole! Your post is lovely.. thanks for sharing!

Wanda

andrea said...

And they sound even better on that little record player! andrea@townandprairie

Teresa said...

I Love Merry Music, Nel! I really do and in the fashion of females since Eve, I listen to it until I start feeling a bit sick... but, hey, that's what pleasures are for aren't they?! ;)

I have a dvd I cherish very much that is from Carols Sung or Played at Vatican by all over the world Artists. Beyond Magical.

Then I have several CDs with Christmas Chantings, that go from the very traditional to several in languages I can't undertand but love all the same listening to it. Add children voices' and I'm in lalaland.

Merry Christmas Sweet Girl!

Jennifer said...

I love Elvis Christmas music!! When we were kids we'd playing our mom's records...yes records...over and over! :)