Christmas is on its way!!!!
And I am a super- Christmas-freak!!!!! Especially when it comes to Christmas music, so I thought I would share some of my favorites!!!!
First off I LOVE anything and everything Bing Crosby!
a little background…
Bing Crosby is kind of how I got so obsessed with Christmas! I mean, I always LOVED Christmas!—Presents, shiny, sparkly decorations, tinsel, candy, vacation—And everybody’s happier and smilier—Grinches aside, who wouldn’t love that?!?!?!?! But aside from Christmas my passions have always been books and movies—All movies, classics, blockbusters, new and old, I watch EVERYTHING!!!! Before the whole commercial-thing, AMC and I used to be BFFs. And that’s how I fell in love with Bing Crosby—It was love at first movie, first sight, first sound, first song, and every one after.
I’ll admit that Bing wasn’t your classic Cary Grant or Gary Cooper or Rock Hudson or Paul Newman or James Garner type of chiseled good-looking movie star that would pick up a girl at the end of the movie and whisk her off her feet. But I’m certainly not alone in my crush, because Bing was a pretty big star in his time, doing movies with lots of other biggies of the time—Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, Bob Hope, and Fred Astaire. Not peanuts. I’m just saying. But Bing was the kind of guy that would look at a girl and make her swoon. And when he sang to her, she’d melt into a puddle of jello.
So anyway, we fell in love. Except that happened to die about two years before I was born. So I had to console myself with watching every movie that he ever made—Or at least every one that I’ve been able to get my hands on. And like all of the multi-talented actor-singers of the present, Bing had all the markets cornered. So I snatched up every cd I could find. Um, except, Bing happens to be the most well-known for his Christmas-music—the ultimate classic Christmas carol—Irving Berlin’s White Christmas? Yeah, that’s Bing Crosby.
So for years, the only Bing Crosby music I could find was Christmas music. But I bought everything I could find, because I just LOVED couldn’t get enough of that deep, rich, mellow velvet voice of his:
Christmas with Bing Crosby
Christmas with Bing Crosby* (no, it’s not a duplicate, it really is a completely separate album, with different songs)
Bing Crosby Christmas
Bing Crosby White Christmas
Bing Crosby Christmas Album
Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics
Bing Crosby Merry Christmas
Bing Crosby That Christmas Feeling
Sharing the Holidays with Bing Crosby
Yeah. I know you thought I was joking.
But the kicker is that not only are there more, but I generally don’t buy them anymore, because the ones that I tend to find these days are usually just different combinations of all the songs I already have…not to say that there aren’t still a couple out there yet who may not have made it into my collection yet.
So I used to listen to Christmas music year-round. And I discovered that Bing Crosby or not, I enjoyed the songs, because they were happy, and sang about hope and magic and love and snow, and cuddling up close with the ones you love. And that’s when I began adding other artists to my Christmas collection. First it was cds with Bing and friends:
A Merry Christmas with Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Christmas with Bing and Frank
Christmas with the Stars (3 disc set)
NBC Sounds of the Season, Classic Holiday Songbook
And then it was anything I could get my hands on:
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer by Elmo & Patsy* (Before I went all Bing –crazy, this is probably the first Christmas album I had, thanks to my sis!)
Christmas with the Chipmunks* (another holiday classic from my childhood)
Holiday Music 2006, Glisten and Glow (Bath & Body Works—I’m serious, they do GOOD music collections!)
NBC Celebrity Christmas
Sleigh Full of Songs
Dr. Demento presents The Greatest Christmas Novelty CD of All Time
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Elton John’s Christmas Party
Music for the Wholidays (featuring “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”)
My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas
Strawberry Shortcake: A Berry Merry Christmas Soundtrack
The Santa Clause 2 soundtrack
Love Actually soundtrack
So yeah, I know a thing or two about Christmas songs.