I Made The Perfect Christmas Playlist So You Don't Have To

I Made The Perfect Christmas Playlist So You Don't Have To

There are some classics and some new ones thrown in just for fun.

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The day after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a great tradition- starting to listen to Christmas music! I love getting into the Christmas season, but I am really picky about what makes it. I am now sharing that list (or 15 songs) with all of you.

You're welcome.

1. Little Saint Nick-- The Beach Boys

2. That's Christmas To Me--Pentatonix

3. Believe-- Josh Groban 

4. Straight No Chaser feat. Kristen Bell-- Text Me Merry Christmas

5. Sam Smith-- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

6. White Christmas-- Holiday Inn New Broadway Cast

7. Baby, It's Cold Outside--Idina Menzel and Michael Buble

8. Santa Baby--Ariana Grande feat. Elizabeth Gillies

9. Mary, Did You Know?-- Pentatonix

10. Winter Wonderland- Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

11. O Holy Night- Kari Jobe

12. Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth-- Bing Crosby and David Bowie

13. Thank God It's Christmas-- Queen

14. Angels We Have Heard on High-- David Archuleta, Peter Hollens, The Piano Guys, and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

15. O Tannenbaum (Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Song)-- Vince Guaraldi Trio

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Materialism Has Ruined The Holidays

Things are becoming more important than people.
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Over the years the holidays have been constantly commercialized. Stores are stocked full of potential gifts, cards, and gift wrapping essentials more and more each year. Commercials start airing on television sometimes before Halloween passes, and as soon as Halloween is over the commercials become even more inescapable. Kids are more concerned with sitting on Santa’s lap and telling them their wish list rather than being educated by parents on why Christmas even exists. Parents that struggle financially have a hard time keeping up with the latest presents each year, making it difficult to please their child. Materialism has infected our society as a whole, and it is only getting worse.

Christmas morning when family arrives, the majority of individuals are more concerned with what is hiding behind the wrapping paper in the gift they are carrying than actually seeing and spending time with them before or after it is opened. Parents have helped encourage this way of thinking through the lack of discussion about what the holidays actually mean aside from the gift of giving. Although parents are one factor that enhances this thought process, media is even more influential.

Kids all around see television commercials, billboards, posters, store displays, etc and they automatically associate the holidays with the acts of giving and getting. Take Black Friday for example, people struggle and push through hundreds of people in a crowd and stand for two hours in a line just to ensure that they get the perfect gifts for their loved ones. Sure a gift is nice and very kind, but it has slowly become the meaning of holidays in many people’s eyes.

Materialism has infected the eyes of many on what the true meaning of the holidays are, and that needs to stop. Take a look around you, under your tree, and think about what you are more excited about. Is it the gifts? The family you are surrounded by? Think about it, life is short and anyone can be gone in an instant. Society needs to start putting more attention towards their loved ones instead of the gifts that they hold when they walk through the door. It is time to take a step back and realize things do not carry any meaning, family does. So put down the gift and give your loved one a hug before you unwrap it, talk to them about what has been going on in your life, and just soak of the warmth of their company.
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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.

Ty


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

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