On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Nine Songs for Dancing
Whether you’re a staunch “No-Christmas-music-until-after-Thanksgiving” fundamentalist or you “Fa-la-la” all year ‘round, you truly cannot escape the jingle-jangling of Christmas music overload this time of year. At the mall, in your car, at Starbucks, on the radio, and in your very own homes… ‘tis the season for song after song of festive goodness.
I know there are plenty of haters out there, but I, dear sisters, am a lover of all things Christmas: especially the music. It could be the middle of July at the beach; if “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” begins to play, I will immediately shout “CHRISTMAS!!” and have a deep desire to be clutching a gingerbread latte between mitten-clad hands nestled near some sort of fireplace.
I live in Los Angeles and am rather inexperienced with anything but mostly hot, beige-colored Christmases (and iced gingerbread latte’s, por favor), but alas, I am a total sucker for the Christmas season and shamelessly carol along with the songs that fill the air around this time.
Thus, I have put together a little treat of a playlist with some of my personal favorite songs. Some are updated versions of classics, some are originals that have become dear to my heart. You can also find the playlist on Spotify here: Nine Songs For Dancing
Hillsong Worship – O Come Let Us Adore Him
The Brilliance – Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
The Last Bison – Deck The Halls
Sufjan Stevens – O Come O Come Emmanuel
Fiona Apple – Frosty the Snowman
Otis Redding – Merry Christmas Baby
Bing Crosby – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
She & Him – The Christmas Song
Burl Ives – A Holly Jolly Christmas
Donny Hathaway – This Christmas
Frank Sinatra – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Jack Johnson – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Ron Sexsmith – Maybe This Christmas
Sufjan Stevens – Joy To The World
Dave Matthews Band – Christmas Song
Sara Bareilles – Winter Song
Sara Groves – Angels We Have Heard On High
Bluegrass Christmas Performers – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Hillsong Worship – Born Is the King (It’s Christmas)
Alvin & The Chipmunks – The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)
The Weepies – All That I Want
Nat King Cole – O Holy Night
Kings Kaleidoscope – All Glory Be to Christ
The Brilliance – Christmastide
Coldplay – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Sufjan Stevens – Christmas Song
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Go Tell It On The Mountain
Dustin Kensrue – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Jon McLaughlin – Away in a Manger
Bing Crosby — Silent Night
To top off this post, since it IS titled “Nine Songs for Dancing” why don’t you sit back, relax, and enjoy this video of my husband and I parading around our living room to a Hall & Oates classic?
A week or two ago, after a Bible study that we host, one of our study members asked us if we’d like to lip-sync a Hall & Oates song for TOMS shoes. We have some friends who work there and they had shared about the opportunity to join them in their #tomsholidaycheer event. We had no idea what he was talking about and told him “Well, we don’t know the words” to which he replied “That’s fine… just, throw on a Christmas outfit and give it a shot!.” So, we did.
Did we know the words? No. Did we plan any of it out? No. Did we sweat with pure Christmas cheer as we danced around our home in winter hats, having an embarrassing amount of fun in the process? Yes and yes.
Check out the video here!
Enjoy, and have a Merry Christmas, loved ones.
Your sister, Carly