Christmas is Coming

And now that it is after Thanksgiving, that means I’ve pulled out the Christmas music to listen to on my computer. At 1090 tracks, my Christmas playlist is a full seventh of my entire library (and I suspect I’m probably missing some to include). That’s about two and an eighth days worth of music without repeating individual tracks.

I like to use the Party Shuffle mode in iTunes so I can tweak the upcoming tracks but still be in shuffle mode. Of course there are many of the same Christmas song by different artists and groups, so I try to keep them from being back-to-back. But even if they aren’t, no big deal.

Some of my favorites are from the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (where my siblings sing), The King’s Singers, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and The Cambridge Singers. I also enjoy the early American, Renaissance, and Medieval songs. Probably my favorite Christmas song is Carol of the Bells — I count fifteen different versions in my iTunes— like this rendition by The Bird and The Bee:

What’s yours?

Snowflakes from Barkley’s cool Make-a-Flake.


1 Response to “Christmas is Coming”

  1. December 4, 2008 at 19:25

    That is a lot of Christmas music. I have 475 holiday songs — including some for New Year's and Hanukkah. I tend to like to hear the songs in album mode — that is, to hear a whole album in a row but have iTunes pick the albums as random.

    I have only one version of the Carol of the Bells, but I think it's a pretty song. The version I have is by Barenaked Ladies, and it's not goofy like so much of their music.

    The Christmas song I have the most versions of seems to be “Jingle Bells.” That's not my favorite though — that would be “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

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