Music To Your Ears This Christmas

musicSounds Of The Season

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.” ~ Meredith Willson, “

Aside from writing, eating, being on the computer and Internet, chatting with friends and hanging out with my daughter and granddaughter, my other favourite thing to do is listen to music. What about you?

Being Jamaican, people often assume that Reggae is the only kind of music that I listen to or that it is my favourite type of music. That is not true. While I absolutely love the music of my island home, much of the nowadays music – dance hall – is not to my liking. Old school reggae – the music of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Sanchez, Luciano, Garnett Silk and the list could go on – is the type of Reggae that gets me really moving.

The radio in my vehicle is always on and at this time of the year, Christmas music is rocking the airwaves. I love the traditional music but there are some more modern, dance type Christmas songs that really gets you moving. Then there are the songs from the old school crooners that will never die no matter how many rappers there might be. Only yesterday I was reading a report that Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas,” is one of the best selling songs to date.

Christmas Music At Its Best

What are some of your favourite Christmas music? Post the links to a couple in the comments below and share with the rest of us what is playing in your cars, offices and homes as we celebrate the season.

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Keeping things on the lighter side today, here are a few of the songs that I must play several times throughout the season.  The first is always on loop. It matters not to me who does it but this is my favourite version of an old classic – Carol Of The Bells:

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” ― Calvin Coolidge

Nothing gets me dancing more this time of the year than this Jamaican classic. It played day in day out during my childhood into teen years. It is impossible to listen to this song and not tap your feet at least – and Let The Christmas Catch You In A Good Mood:

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale

Whatever your reason to celebrate the season, it is hard not to admit that in countries where Christmas is widely observed it tends to be The Most Wonderful Time of The Year. No one sings it better than Andy Williams:

Life Is Supposed To Be Fun

There was a friend of mine who did a glorious impression of the artist who sings the original version of the following song. It would not be Christmas for me if I did not listen to this one at least a couple of times for the season. It embodies everything “naughty” for some but for me it is plain hilarious – an invitation not to take life or anything too seriously.

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This might be the shortest post ever published on this blog but I am too busy listening to Christmas music to do anything longer today. So closing with one of my Christmas favourites, let me ask you – what is playing in your homes, cars, grocery stores, wherever that has you in a good mood this season?

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Have a great day Tuesday and make sure to send Santa your list – it’s not too late!


Claudette P. Esterine

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54 thoughts on “Music To Your Ears This Christmas

  1. We love Christmas music – we start playing it around Halloween…okay hubby does. I’m a few days before Thanksgiving girl myself.

    1. Ms Claudette

      LOL! It doesn’t matter when you started as long as you get as much as you need! Merry Christmas to you and hubby! Enjoy and have fun! 🙂

  2. I agree. Her version is far and away the best!

    1. Ms Claudette

      The best ever!!! 🙂 Happy Holidays Liz! 🙂

  3. That’s a lovely song. I love listening to Christmas music, inside the car or at home.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, Christmas music is awesome! What’s your favourite?

  4. CourtneyLynne

    Ahhhhhhhi use to HATE Christmas music when I was younger and now I’m obsessed with it! It just cheers me up.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I must admit that some border on boring but not the classics! Welcome to the Christmas party! 🙂

  5. My Grandma always plays the Dolly Parton Christmas album when we go to her house during the holidays haha It annoyed me as a kid but I love it now and want to listen to it all the time!

    1. Ms Claudette

      I can just bet! You have reminded me of the Kenny Rogers one that we listened to! LOL. Now to think up what songs to annoy my granddaughter with! Thanks for that Shaylee! 🙂

  6. Life definitely should be more about fun times and happiness. We only live once so we should enjoy.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, some think that life is about struggling. No, that’s what some has made it. I am doing my best to make the rest of my life fun and glad that you are too! Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

  7. Eileen xo

    I love everything about Christmas, especially the music, Andy Williams brings me back to my childhood, loved his Christmas special

    1. Ms Claudette

      It is indeed the most wonderful time of the year! I can smell the cooking coming from your kitchen right now Eileen! 🙂

  8. The Santa Baby song has been a long time favorite of mine.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Please stop telling our ages Tony! LOL

      1. I’m not ashamed of my age…lol. I’m more “experienced” as they say.

        1. Ms Claudette

          Good for you! 🙂

  9. I really love listening to Christmas Songs, Because it so relaxing and a peaceful song.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, Christmas music is indeed relaxing! 🙂

  10. I love Christmas music 🙂 As soon as you hear Mariah singing “All I Want For Christmas Is You” in the shopping mall you know the festive season has begun 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      It is the signature piece now!!! That song will be timeless in years to come! Thanks for stopping by Louise! 🙂

  11. I love how powerful music is and the memories it evokes, especially Christmas songs. Kaz x

    1. Ms Claudette

      Every song that I spend the time and listen to, has the ability to evoke some kind of memory! Isn’t that just remarkable? Thanks for your visit Kaz! 🙂

  12. I love every kind of music as long as it is good. I so love music that I am part owner of a music production company called IslandYard Productions. All my radios (home, car, work) are stuck on music….as long as it is good, bring it on.

    1. Ms Claudette

      That explains the constant laughter! Music has a way to help increase our happiness level! 🙂

      1. Oh yes…and I learnt the gift of laughter from my mum….so we are a laughing family….a drop on the ground and laugh kinda family….

        1. Ms Claudette

          Wet your pants? 🙂

  13. I love listening to Christmas music. This is the first time I heard Santa Baby and I like it.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Really? I am so glad to have introduced you to a classic! 🙂

  14. Rosey

    The Carol of the Bells is one of my absolute favorites. I would listent to that one year round if I had it. 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am with you on that! 🙂

  15. I’m totally into the Christmas music right now too. I play it all the time just like you do. I LOVE that Santa Baby version.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It is the original version and the best! I smile each time I listen to it – including outside of Christmas – and sashay across the room! LOL

  16. I’ve only known David Foster from the housewives but never was able to id his music. I like that festive song.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It really is a great piece of music! I really, really love it! Thanks for dropping in! 🙂

  17. Elizabeth O.

    Christmas music is definitely lovely! It puts you in the mood for Christmas and it’s great to listen to, very relaxing!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Lovely doesn’t begin to describe it! Thanks for popping in Elizabeth! 🙂

  18. i agree with you. Life is supposed to be fun! Just enjoy it and relax 😉

    1. Ms Claudette

      I could not agree more! Just chill! 🙂

  19. i love Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, Michael Buble’s Cold December Night and Kelly Clarkson’s Underneath the Tree. As well as classic carols like Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels sing and joy to the World

    1. Ms Claudette

      Not sure that I have heard the Kelly Clarkson song. Will check it out. Thanks for the list! 🙂

  20. I enjoyed David Foster’s Carol of the Bells. I enjoyed listening to the Jamaican songs. Christmas music I think is a genre that could be listed to all year round!

    1. Ms Claudette

      You could but as the saying goes, “Christmas comes but once a year…” 🙂 Thanks for the visit.

  21. My favorite Christmas song is “SANTA BABY” the classical Xmas carols get played more often. Something about these songs… I just feel happy listening and replaying them over and over thank god for YouTube. It’s easy to find great Christmas classics music.

    1. Ms Claudette

      That is one of the songs in the post. I do like it myself! 🙂

  22. Haha gotta love you. I am not a lover of novelty songs ( yes I am like the Grinch at Christmas) but I do love getting into the Christmas spirit.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It is very infectious – the music at this time of the year – so get into the spirit! Enjoy! 🙂

  23. shoppingduck

    My favorite Christmas music is The Messiah by Handel. I love attending a live performance each year.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, that is a beautiful piece of music! Will you be going again this year?

  24. I like the Jamaican song. I does have a toe taping beat

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am glad that you enjoyed it. 🙂

  25. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I listen to christmas music all year long, but the classics are always my favorites!

    1. Ms Claudette

      And there are some really, really great ones – you never tire of them! 🙂

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