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Mood Music for Christmas Eve

Since the Christmas season began (in our home, we kick it off with a family viewing of the Macy’s Day Parade on Thanksgiving, there has been a regular stream of Christmas music. Honestly, in previous years, I normally wouldn’t be playing Christmas music outside of hosting Christmas related events, like a dinner or kid cookie decorating activity. Not this year. Just like a steady stream of Christmas movies, we’ve had a steady stream of Christmas music. The following list has been our family favorites, determined by whether one of us feels moved by it, especially if Hazel breaks out into spontaneous dance.

I broke these lists up into the following categories: Christmas Classics, Contemporary Christmas Singles, Christmas Songs for Kids, Latino Christmas, Country Christmas, and Best Overall Christmas Albums. If you’re trying to figure what mood music for dinner, crafts, or opening present, add these songs to your playlist. All could be found on Spotify.

Mama V’s Christmas Music Picks:

Christmas Classics:

5. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee

4. “Jingle Bells” by Frank Sinatra

3. “Sleigh Ride” by Ella Fitzgerald

2. “Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry

1. “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole

Contemporary Christmas Singles:

5. “The Lighthouse Keeper” by Sam Smith

4. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Idina Mendel and Michael Buble

3. “Cozy Little Christmas” by Katy Perry

2. “Frosty the Snowman” by Fiona Apple

1. “Santa Tell Me” by Ariana Grande

Christmas Songs for Kids

5. “What’s This?” from A Nightmare Before Christmas

4. “Christmas Time is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas

3. “When We’re Together” from “Once Upon a Snowman” (Frozen short)

2. “Santa Baby” by Miss Piggy from The Muppets

1. “The Chipmunk Song” (Christmas Don’t Be Late) by The Chipmunks

Latino Christmas

5. “Santa La Noche” by Majo y Dan

4. “Llego Navidad” by Los Lobos

3. “Christmas Through Your Eyes” by Gloria Estefan

2. “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano

1. “El Burrito Sabanero” by Marco Pastor Estelles

Country Christmas:

5. “Hallelujah” by Carrie Underwood & John Legend

4. “Christmas in the Country” by Thomas Rhett

3. “I’ll Be Your Santa” by Keith Urban

2. “Wonderful Christmastime” by Lady A

1. A Holly Dolly Christmas (album) by Dolly Parton. I couldn’t pick a single. The whole package is great!

Best Overall Christmas Albums:

5. Wrapped in Red by Kelly Clarkson

4. Christmas Classics by Bing Crosby

3. Elvis’ Christmas Album by Elvis Presley

2. Christmas Album by The Jackson 5

1. Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey


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