During the holiday season, no issue creates more debate and general consternation than music. To be fair to holiday music, it surely adds some measure of joy and flavor to the season. But questions — questions that can schism families, dissolve friendships, and destabilize entire nations — abound 1:
 While there is a lot to debate about holiday music, we can all agree that “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is infinitely creepy and should slowly fade out of the holiday season’s musical lexicon.
 Let’s be honest, before Thanksgiving is too soon.
 The author feels that this is the greatest holiday album of all time and it’s not even close.
 The term “perfect” should be taken with a large block of salt. In the authors opinion, there were some incredibly weak song choices that, out of respect for the democratic process, were begrudgingly included in the list.
If, in addition to music, you’re looking for holiday tradition inspiration, here are some of our team’s favorite holiday rituals. Feel free to repurpose them (no attribution required) or completely disregard if you think they’re too strange/bizarre/boring/pointless.
Silver Bells by Bing Crosby
Finding the Pickle on the Christmas Tree. (This means an extra gift to the finder)
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Eating homemade biscuits and gravy on Christmas morning at Grandma’s house. The tradition has been taken over by me since Grandama died.
Grown Up Christmas List by Amy Grant
Enjoying my Mom’s Christmas cookies
Snoopy’s Christmas by The Royal Guardsmen
Watching the Disney Christmas Parade
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Making Christmas fudge with my kids
White Christmas by The Drifters
Oak Ridge Boys – Santa’s Song
Feeding the reindeer when they came!
The Hanukkah song – Adam Sandler
Making homemade peppermint pudding
Come on! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance! by Sufjan Stevens
Christmas morning monkey bread, mmmmmm
O Tannenbaum – Vice Guaraldi Trio (A Charlie Brown Christmas)
My family always has an extra present under the tree that we call the Pickle Present. Its a German tradition that has been in the family for years. My dad would hide the pickle ornament in the tree and us kids would line up in a completely different room until we’re given the signal to go look for it. Elbows are thrown, others pushed into walls, and feet tripped to be the first one at the tree to find the GREEN pickle in the GREEN tree. I think I’ve only found it once, but its always competitive family fun!
You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft
Each person gets to choose one person to give one gift to the night before; And you can’t choose the same person, so it evens out. I think my Brother started as a compromise to not opening all of the gifts on the eve 🙂
Christmas Must be Tonight by The Band; O Come O Com Emanuel by Sufjan Stevens (I have two favorite songs!)
Grandma Caliendo’s Italian Christmas Feast
Gene Autry; Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Pickle on the tree
River by Joni Mitchell
Decorating the tree.
Carolina Christmas by Squirrel Nut Zippers
Feliz Navidad, Jose Feliciano
Excess amounts of fireworks (Bolivian Tradition)
Blue Christmas (Elvis Presley)
Scattering reindeer food (glitter and popcorn) out on the lawn on Christmas Eve
12 Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser
Picking a gift to open on Christmas Eve.
Happy Christmas – John Lennon
Santa coming to Grandma/pa on Christmas eve to hand out presents AND yes EVERYBODY has to sit on Santa’s lap when he gives the first present
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan
Looking at lights & baking cookies for neighbors.
Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses
Eating lots of shrimp on christmas morning; Reading the beautifully illustrated and written “Santa Cows” by Cooper Eden.
Up On the Rooftop
Making biscotti and chex mix.
Happy Chrismas by Lenon/Oko
Seeing what present is wrapped with the 20 year old seablue/ green glittery wrapping paper.
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