A Christmas Carol

Or Christmas carols, to be exact.  As I’m sitting here in my room, pondering where exactly to begin packing for my trip home to New York, I am not actually accomplishing much besides creating a really great festive Christmas playlist.  Oh well – Christmas music gets me in the holiday spirit much more than packing does.  Here’s what I’m digging this year… enjoy!

Michael Buble – “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”

I love this version!  The intro is so soft and lovely that when he actually starts singing it almost makes me giggle in delight.  It IS beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Sufjan Stevens – “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

A lovely traditional hymn.  Cool, plucky banjo.  Sufjan Stevens’ hauntingly beautiful voice.  Enough said.

Barenaked Ladies ft. Sarah McLachlan – “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / We Three Kings”

This came out in like 2004 so I have no idea how I never heard it until last week, but it’s great.  It’s a really cool upbeat arrangement of two rather melancholy-sounding Christmas songs.  The rhythmic guitar in the background is super funky.

Robert Downey, Jr. – “River”

Yes, ladies and gentlemen.  He sings.  RDJ is pretty much a quadruple threat: he acts, he sings, he does a killer British accent, and he’s really really ridiculously good-looking.

*NSYNC – “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”

I know it’s not one of those charming traditional Christmas songs.  I know it’s about time I got over my boy band phase.  But I can’t help it – nothing gets me as insanely excited for Christmastime as this song does.

UPDATE: Two hours later, I have made an awesome organized stationery basket and wrapped all of my roommate’s Christmas presents… but still no packing.  Hrm.

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