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Tunes for the holiday season



Home for the Holidays? Familiar music can bring us to a time or place, and is especially associated with the winter holidays. Here are a few personal favorites you might enjoy, too!









The Christmas Song - Vince Guaraldi Trio (A Charlie Brown Christmas)


A playful take on the melody from the cartoon so many of us can relate to. A reminder one can be sincere and have fun at the same time.



 

Rocking’ Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee (as featured in Home Alone)


Is it possible not to picture young Kevin McAllister dancing to this, while Michael Jordan’s cut-out rides the locomotive in the background? Bonus points for singing along!



 

O Holy Night - Harry Connick, Jr.


A classic enhanced by the magic of a beautiful orchestral arrangement.



 

Pine Woods on a Snowy Evening - Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker


My personal favorite movement of the entire ballet. It’s not in the Suite, nor is it the most famous, however its poignancy lies within the story line: it’s the first scene in which Clara dreams of entering the winter wonderland.




 

I’ll Be Home for Christmas - Bing Crosby


My favorite Christmas song, first performed by Bing Crosby in the classic holiday film, White Christmas. The epitome of holiday nostalgia.




 

*Bonus: Sugar Rum Cherry - Duke Ellington


A jazz master’s take on the Sugar Plum Fairy dance.




Additional ideas


Sleigh Ride - Ana Gasteyer


White Christmas - The Drifters


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Michael Buble


The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole


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