As someone who has always celebrated Christmas, I confess that I both love it and hate it Christmas music.
But even with the yearly musical overdose, I do have some Christmas music that I truly love, year after year. I have also heard confessions from friends who don't celebrate Christmas -- especially musicians, that they too have certain favorites among Christmas-associated music.
So if you were to voluntarily listen to some Christmas music during this season, what kind of playlist would you choose? Do you like Christmas carols, perhaps sung by a choir? Or would you probably go for classical favorites like the Nutcracker, or Handel's oratorio, the Messiah? Or, do you prefer to put classical music aside and go the pop route, when it comes to Christmas? Pop? Country? Something else?
On Christmas morning, I tend to put the Nutcracker ballet on the speakers for background music - I just have so many happy memories of playing it and hearing it. But this year - I'm not sure. I will not be able to play my Christmas Eve candlelight service with a church choir - I might prefer to hear something like an album of Christmas carols, sung by a choir. Or -- I can never get enough of certain old albums that my parents used to play when I was a child, like Barbra Streisand's 1967 Christmas album - there's nothing quite like her "Ave Maria!"
What Christmas music do you like best? Please vote for a genre in the poll, and if we don't have the right answer for you, tell us about it in the comments. And if you simply detest all Christmas music, fair enough - I've provided the "bah humbug" answer for you!
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