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The Ultimate Third Party Holiday Playlist

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:

  • When is the correct time to start playing holiday music?
    After Thanksgiving, 12 days before Christmas, all year long 2?
  • What are the best Christmas songs?
    Should you go with the classics, opt for a Michael Buble Christmas “album”, or choose a collection of parody songs that dissect the consumerism of the season?
  • Should Jimmy Buffet’s “Christmas Island” 3 be considered as an option?
    Should it be the only option?
At Southern Energy Management, we don’t claim to have the answers to these age-old questions. We do strongly feel that, despite the uncertainty music creates, some form of rocking around the Christmas tree is the essential to fully enjoying the holiday season. So, to help solve family feuds and long holiday drive debates (“PLAY CHRISTMAS IN THE CARIBBEAN AGAIN”), we’ve created this playlist. This playlist was compiled from our team’s favorites and has no overarching themes, unity, or quality filters. As such, it’s the perfect independent third-party holiday music compilation to quell disputes and keep the party rocking. 4 This season, when family and friends become gridlocked over what song to play next, just pull this playlist out of your back pocket and say “let’s crank up that holiday playlist from Southern Energy Management”.5 Suddenly you’ll be back enjoying the moment and creating lifelong memories while we shoulder the burden of DJing the festivities.

[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.

[2]   Let’s be honest, before Thanksgiving is too soon.

[3]   The author feels that this is the greatest holiday album of all time and it’s not even close.

[4]   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.

[5]   #letscrankupthatholidayplaylistfromSouthernEnergyManagement

Meet the DJs Behind This Wintry Mix

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.

Carie's Christmas Tree

Carie

Favorite Holiday Song

Silver Bells by Bing Crosby

Holiday Tradition

Finding the Pickle on the Christmas Tree. (This means an extra gift to the finder)

Brandon celebrating Christmas with Family

Brandon

Favorite Holiday Song

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Holiday Tradition

Eating homemade biscuits and gravy on Christmas morning at Grandma’s house. The tradition has been taken over by me since Grandama died.

April

Favorite Holiday Song

Grown Up Christmas List by Amy Grant

Holiday Tradition

Enjoying my Mom’s Christmas cookies

WIll B.

Favorite Holiday Song

Snoopy’s Christmas by The Royal Guardsmen

Holiday Tradition

Watching the Disney Christmas Parade

John

Favorite Holiday Song

You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Holiday Tradition

Making Christmas fudge with my kids

Spray Foam Snowman

Kyle

Favorite Holiday Song

White Christmas by The Drifters

Holiday Tradition

Opening presents

Jacob and Zoe

Jacob H.

Favorite Holiday Song

Oak Ridge Boys – Santa’s Song

Holiday Tradition

Feeding the reindeer when they came!

Grant

Favorite Holiday Song

The Hanukkah song – Adam Sandler

Holiday Tradition

Making homemade peppermint pudding

Randy

Favorite Holiday Song

Come on! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance! by Sufjan Stevens

Holiday Tradition

Christmas morning monkey bread, mmmmmm

Jenny

Favorite Holiday Song

O Tannenbaum – Vice Guaraldi Trio (A Charlie Brown Christmas)

Holiday Tradition

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!

Angel the Reindeer

Jamie H.

Favorite Holiday Song

 You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft

Holiday Tradition

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 🙂

Sara C.

Favorite Holiday Song

Christmas Must be Tonight by The Band; O Come O Com Emanuel by Sufjan Stevens (I have two favorite songs!)

Holiday Tradition

Grandma Caliendo’s Italian Christmas Feast

Laurie

Favorite Holiday Song

Gene Autry; Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Holiday Tradition

Pickle on the tree

Rachel

Favorite Holiday Song

River by Joni Mitchell

Holiday Tradition

Decorating the tree.

Mike

Favorite Holiday Song

Carolina Christmas by Squirrel Nut Zippers

Holiday Tradition

Undetermined

Alejandro and Family

Alejandro

Favorite Holiday Song

Feliz Navidad, Jose Feliciano

Holiday Tradition

Excess amounts of fireworks (Bolivian Tradition)

Alyssa as a small child in the snow

Alyssa

Favorite Holiday Song

Blue Christmas (Elvis Presley)

Holiday Tradition

Scattering reindeer food (glitter and popcorn) out on the lawn on Christmas Eve

Gregory

Favorite Holiday Song

12 Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser

Holiday Tradition

Picking a gift to open on Christmas Eve.

Kelley

Favorite Holiday Song

Happy Christmas – John Lennon

Holiday Tradition

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

Liz

Favorite Holiday Song

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan

Holiday Tradition

Looking at lights & baking cookies for neighbors.

Will E.

Favorite Holiday Song

Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses

Holiday Tradition

Eating lots of shrimp on christmas morning; Reading the beautifully illustrated and written “Santa Cows” by Cooper Eden.

Bob

Favorite Holiday Song

Up On the Rooftop

Holiday Tradition

Making biscotti and chex mix.

Kathryn

Favorite Holiday Song

Happy Chrismas by Lenon/Oko

Holiday Tradition

Seeing what present is wrapped with the 20 year old seablue/ green glittery wrapping paper.

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