Today's listicle topic was selected by Amanda, mom to the adorable and now famous Lilah. You can read all about today's topic at Lilahbility.
I'm going to take a few weeks off from the mommy blogging life to enjoy some quality time with my family. There will still be lots happening at Cookie's Book Club including giveaways-a-plenty and my favourite indie reads of the year.
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Before I go, as hinted at in my last #MondayListicles post, I am going to share with you all...
My Ten Favourite Christmas Songs
(Sorry to be a rebel, Amanda. I owe you a festive beverage!)
These are, technically, my ten favourite Christmas song performances/arrangements. I chose these pieces based on fairly simple criteria. Each one makes me stop what I am doing. My breath slows. My heart flutters. Some make me want to sing along. Some make me want to dance. All of them make me want to close my eyes and savour the moment. I hope you enjoy them too!
10. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer ~ Jack Johnson
This man's voice is an elixir to any ailment. The arrangement is pure fun!
9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings ~ The Bare Naked Ladies with Sarah McLaughlin
Another fun arrangement. And they're Canadian, eh?
(Sorry I couldn't find a more interesting video clip for this one. You should really be dancing and singing along anyway, not staring at your computer, so get on up!)
8. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy ~ Tchaikovsky
I remember going to see The Nutcracker Suite with my mother. Very fond Christmas memories attached to this song.
7. Good King Wenceslas ~ The Skydiggers
Love this version by one of my favourite Toronto bands.
6. Winter Wonderland ~ Louis Armstrong
Ah, Louis. A beautiful spirit.
5. Sleigh Ride ~ The Glenn Miller Orchestra
SO love this song. This one is for my mom and dad. Miss you both.
4. White Christmas ~ Bing Crosby
Croon, Bing, croon while I swoon, Bing, swoon.
3. Greensleeves ~ The Vince Guaraldi Trio
Jazzy. Smooth. But not smooth jazz-y... if you know what I mean.
2. Silent Night ~ Mahalia Jackson
Powerful and heart-wrenchingly beautiful.
1. Ave Maria ~ Luciano Pavarotti
What can I say about this man with the voice of an angel? He is greatly missed.
BONUS: My husband's favourite Christmas arrangement is this Mulato Beat Remix version of Baby, It's Cold Outside with Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton
The original is just as fun, though slower. You can hear the crowd laughing in the background of the track. Can you imagine having had a chance to see these two sing together?
Merry Christmas to you all. Thank-you for a wonderfully entertaining year, and for your support.
From my family to yours, may you have good health, the comforts of home and family and friends to wrap your arms around this holiday season!
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