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12K’s of the Holidays: The Finish Line!

December 22, 2010

Yesterday on our Facebook page, Janelle posted that she played Santa at Costco, snapping up a Garmin for her own stocking. She wrote, “Now I might be as excited as my girls for Christmas morning (if there wasn’t so much to get done).”

Hallelujah, Janelle, we also think a Garmin is the perfect present for a runner.

The Garmin 110: Keeping pace with your holly jolly life. One step at a time.

That’s why we are culminating our 12K’s of the Holidays with one lucky gal winning a Garmin Forerunner 110, complete with a Garmin heart rate monitor. We love pretty much everything about the 110: from the fact it works as a time-teller, as well as a pace-keeper and distance-tracker to the fact it feels more like a watch than a semi-conductor strapped to my wrist. During every tempo run, track workout, long run, and, most importantly, race that puppy is strapped to my wrist, letting me know I’m on target (or not–ack!).

To be the one-and-only winner of a 110, tell us your favorite holiday song. Yes, our gift to everyone is a gimme question so more folks have a chance to win. I’ve been overdosing on a Pandora holiday station on my computer when I work, a carols-only station while piloting the Odyssey, and the Glee Christmas CD on the stereo. But my all-time fave remains Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” Bono’s heart-wrenching line, “Well, tonight thank God it’s them instead of you” gets me every time. (And the whole song transports me back to freshman year of college…)

Share your most beloved holiday song with us, and we’ll wrap a Garmin Forerunner 110 for you.

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The two lucky (and tired) winners of the pair of the Montrail Fairhavens shoes and Mountain Hardwear Geist jacket–and the sacrifices they make for running–are

1. Kathy: The part of my life that takes a hit for running is sleep. If I can’t get out in the early AM I am much less likely to fit it in. I don’t like to sacrifice my family time because that is so limited with work and school and real world activities. So I may not maintain my youthful glow for much longer due to sleep deprivation, but I will certainly live longer and happier with my early morning runs!

2. Kasey: Sleep is always a big sacrifice, especially as a mom where is seems like there is never enough! (who doesn’t love waking up to “MOM I HAVE STINKY POOP” screamed from the bathroom?) I sacrifice fashion, because when it comes down to it how can I spend $80 on cute boots when that is nearly a new pair of running shoes? I sacrifice time with my kids and husband, but I love that my kids ask about my run. I love knowing that they see me making the time to be active, and I know it makes me a much happier mom when I come home.

Congrats Kathy and Kasey! E-mail us at runmother at gmail dot com with your address, sizes for shoes and jacket and color preferences. We’re on it.

630 Comments leave one →
  1. Jennifer R permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:45 am

    I’ve always loved the Boston Pops version of “Sleigh Bells” and Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song”. Now that I have a daughter, I love listening to Christmas music with her and singing along together! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!

  2. Jennifer R permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:48 am

    I have always loved the Boston Pops version of “Sleigh Ride” and Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song”. And I constantly play the “Charlie Brown Christmas” music….my 3y/o LOVES this!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

  3. Marissa permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:56 am

    So many beautiful holiday songs, hard to pick just one – but I’d have to say White Christmas. The song is classic, simple, and I’ve heard it a million times. But every time I hear it, it warms my heart. I’m watching the weather forecast and we may even have a white Christmas on the east coast!

  4. December 22, 2010 3:57 am

    This is an easy one! Santa Clause Is Coming To Town, but not just any version…the one I love is when my 3 year old sings it. Precious!
    Happy Holidays!!!

  5. Susan McGrann permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:01 am

    “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by the Eagles. It reminds me that family is really what is important during the holidays.

  6. BigDogMom permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:08 am

    Amy Grant’s “I Need A Silent Night” and “Mary’s Song”.

  7. alison permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:12 am

    dreaming of a white christmas. i live in georgia so i never get one, but i can always dream!

  8. Carolyn permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:21 am

    I really have so many but, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” sung by James Taylor always makes me feel so much joy and love.

  9. December 22, 2010 4:26 am

    SO so many, but I love the choral classics, like In Dulcio Jublio, and Angels We Have Heard on High!
    Also, loving the Charlie Brown Christmas Station on Pandora right now!

  10. Tara permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:28 am

    I am not sure the real name of it, but I think it’s called I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, no matter how stressful the season gets this song can sure cheer me up!

    I also love Joy to the World sung at our holiday mass on Christmas Eve.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  11. December 22, 2010 4:28 am

    It all depends on my mood and whose company I am in… with my daughter, we prefer Hark, the Herald Angel Sing; when I’m out with my girlfriends our favorites are All I Want for Christmas is You or A Tender Tennessee Christmas; and when I’m sitting in church soaking up the true meaning of Christmas nothing compares to Oh Come All Ye Faithful.

  12. Stacy permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:30 am

    I love nearly all of them but “The Little Drummer Boy” has always held a soft spot for me. This year the Bing Crosby classic version of “White Christmas” is my pick though. Merry Christmas!

  13. Susan Riley permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:37 am

    I love all the Christmas songs by Andy Williams. They’re all just wonderful! But my favorite is “Little Altar Boy”.

    I wanted to thank you for doing this daily blog and let you know that often your posts inspire me to try a little harder and run just a little further. I’ve been sidelined with injuries very frequently this year and it’s been so discouraging, but your column gives me a smile and a slice of determination that’s been very helpful. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday!

  14. Sheryl permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:41 am

    My daughter singing along with the cheetah girls, “marshmallow world”!

  15. Anje permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:46 am

    Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. It’s just so fun!!!

  16. Michaela permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:48 am

    O Holy Night gets me every time… I always sing along (much to my daughters’ dismay, since I can’t carry a tune) and feel completely filled with the meaning of Christmas by the end of it. Hope you and your families have a very Merry Christmas!

  17. December 22, 2010 4:48 am

    O Holy Night

  18. December 22, 2010 4:52 am

    Dona Nobis Pacem…
    Because “Grant Us Peace” is, I think, the wish and prayer that would take care of all our other wishes and prayers….
    And because my sisters and I used to sing it as a 3-part round in the back of the van when we were kids.
    I had a chance to sing it this season with a group of talented singers and there’s just something remarkable about simple 3-part a capella harmony.

    And seriously: GRANT US PEACE!

  19. Carrie B permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:53 am

    The Christmas Song sung by Nat King Cole.

  20. December 22, 2010 4:55 am

    One of the best songs ever, “When Winter Comes a Callin” by the Ray Charles Singers.

  21. Christy permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:57 am

    I agree with an earlier poster…Santa Claus is coming to town, because my kids try to be good for 30 seconds after we sing it and they all sing along!

  22. December 22, 2010 4:57 am

    Ever since I was a little girl, my favorite has been “White Christmas” sung by Bing Crosby.
    😀

  23. Megan permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:58 am

    What a great culminating prize! My favorite holiday song is “Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses. I love the story and it gets me singing every time.

  24. kimba permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:06 am

    I just love, love, love “We Need a Little Christmas” when it is belted out by an inspired chorus. 🙂 It starts, “Haul out the holly, put up the tree before my spirits fall again.”We might be rushing things, but -deck the halls again, now!” The singers are just so darned excited and impatient for Christmas…”We need a little Christmas, right this very minute…” It’s really a seize the day/spirit song. This has been a sad season for our family. I am trying to seize the spirit so that our three daughters have a meaningful Christmas. For me, running has been that daily boost to get me through. I hope this song revs up others for the Holidays, too!

  25. Ellen C permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:09 am

    There are so many wonderful Christmas songs but “O Holy Night” has to be my favorite. It is a beautiful song that truly captures the meaning of Christmas. It brings a tear to my eye everytime that I hear it.

  26. Julie permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:10 am

    I love the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack. My favorite one from it is an instrumental of “O Christmas Tree”.

  27. Kristen F permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:10 am

    Karen Carpenter singing Merry Christmas Darling. takes me back to my shag carpet bedroom that I shared with my sister…

  28. Ellen C permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:11 am

    Silent night is one that gets me every time. I love the songs that are about the reason for the season.

  29. December 22, 2010 5:11 am

    I love “It’s the Most wonderful time of the year!” It just is a wonderful song! I also love to listen to Mannheim Steamroller or Transiberian orchestra because I love the instrumental songs!

  30. Kelsey permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:12 am

    My favorite Christmas song has always been Carol of the Bells. There’s something magical about that song- it gives me goosebumps!

  31. December 22, 2010 5:16 am

    I’ll be home for Christmas is my favorite. A very sentimental song for me because my family now is in another state and my mom has passed away. Growing up it meant we were all together and those were the best days.

  32. Erica Richards permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:19 am

    Family tradition to play Andy Williams while decorating the tree…”ring-a-ling, ring, ring-a-ling, just hear those sleigh bells”….oh, and you have to drink egg nog, dance, and decorate all at the same time!

  33. Anne B. permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:22 am

    Silent Night sung by Josh Grobin!

  34. Jennifer permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:23 am

    Drummer Boy- just love the peace in that song!!

  35. Lizzie permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:27 am

    O Holy Night. Hands Down. But I’ll be honest- I love them all!

  36. December 22, 2010 5:29 am

    This Christmas by Donnie Hathaway is my favorite holiday song.

  37. Amy permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:29 am

    I love Barbra Streisand’s Jingle Bells! Just a nice fast strong version of Jingle Bells that puts spring in my step and a smile on my face!

  38. December 22, 2010 5:32 am

    my favorite is “The Christmas Song” by Dave Matthews Band. I also really love Diana Krall’s version of “Jingle Bells” and Elvis Presley’s “Here Comes Santa Claus.” Merry Christmas, ladies! Thanks for inspiring me and so many others all throughout 2010!!!!!

  39. ann hardman permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:34 am

    any by Glee and I LOVE “Last Christmas”

  40. Lisa permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:35 am

    Oh Holy Night! When my kids were younger they loved it when I’d sing this song. Now that they are older not so much…but that doesn’t stop me!

  41. Tracy permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:35 am

    Jingle Bell Rock! My boys and I have been singing it all season.

  42. Kim M. permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:36 am

    My favorite song is “I’ll be Home for Christmas.” But, really, I love all the Christmas songs!!!

  43. Koturner permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:38 am

    I’m a big fan of Silent Night. Probably because all I want for Christmas is a silent night!

  44. Janette permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:38 am

    Silent Night, especially if sung solo by a soprano, gives me goosebumps every time!

  45. Nan permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:39 am

    Feliz Navidad! Every year we play this song over and over, singing it together while decorating the tree. It is what I most look forward to at Christmas. This year my three year old joined in, wishing us “Meliz Mavimah!”

  46. JamiAnn permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:40 am

    Beep Beep Bye Bye “Santa’s Got a Semi”

    Happy Holidays, everyone!

  47. December 22, 2010 5:46 am

    I love ‘Let it Snow’! It conjures up the warmth of the season…plus we need a fresh covering here to hide the not-so-festive dog-pee yellow snow!

  48. December 22, 2010 5:48 am

    Right now my favorite holiday song is the Barenaked Ladies rendition of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. The string bass groves it. The Good Lovelies also have a great Christmas album out called Under the Misletoe, good folk style holiday tunes.

  49. December 22, 2010 5:53 am

    I have to agree with Monica, every year I break out the Barenaked Ladies God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen… but I’m also loving the flash mob(s) Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah alot too…

  50. DebbieLeslie permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:54 am

    When Love Came Down by Point of Grace is my favorite song. When my kids were small, it was always the first CD that was played on day we put up our Christmas tree. Special memories! A close second is definitely Do They Know it’s Christmastime? by Band-Aid!

  51. Jessica Whittaker permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:54 am

    I have two … BNL God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and I still love the Do They Know its Christmas Time (I think its Live Aid).

  52. Stacy Brown permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:55 am

    My favorite is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You”. Just makes me want to dance!

  53. ShelleyMM permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:59 am

    I love “Mary Did You Know” and “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem.” Merry Christmas RLAM… thank you for all you do us…

  54. Stephanie permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:00 am

    Christmas Wrappign by the Waitresses. So cheesyball but it ALWAYS puts be in a good holiday mood so that’s what makes it my top favorite!

  55. Ann S permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:04 am

    O Holy Night is fay and away my favorite song. Every Christmas eve service while I was growing up, this was the last song that was sung and it was so beautifully done. Love it.

  56. Ruthie permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:09 am

    This is a hard one. I never get sick of The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. Then again there is nothing funny than a two-year-old making up her own words to Rudolf. Happy Holidays! And here’s to a lot more running fun in 2011!

  57. Jen permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:09 am

    “Holiday Canon” by TransSiberian Orchestra by far! 🙂

  58. Ann permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:09 am

    Christmas Canon(the version with the childrens choir) by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra tops my list! It is magical. I never get tired of listening to it.

  59. Tori permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:10 am

    Anything on the Casting Crowns Christmas CD.

  60. Nancy McM permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:11 am

    Hard to pick one favorite since I love them all… but I will go with “Do You Hear What I Hear”… brings back such good memories of my younger days 🙂

  61. Corinna permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:12 am

    Carol of the Bells by Trans Siberian Orchestra. I love all the instruments and how it almost sounds more like a rock song than Christmas. It always puts me in the holiday mood!

  62. canuck_grad permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:13 am

    Oh! You think this is a gimme question, but you don’t realize how hard it is!! Here are a few of my favorites:
    – Baby It’s Cold Outside (Zoey Deschnal and Leon Redbone version – the Jessica Simpson/Nick Lache one makes me want to puke)
    – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
    – Run Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry (although the Los Lonely Boys version deserves a special mention – it is the only other one I’ve heard that’s comparable)
    – Christmas Means to Me – I heart the Hansen version – don’t judge me!

    And my 2 year old is really into I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas, so I love listening to him sing that!

  63. December 22, 2010 6:13 am

    My favorite song these days is “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” – mostly just because it makes both my kids get up and dance and get all excited.

    Thanks for the fantabulous giveaway!

    Becky H.
    habean (at) g – mail (dot) com

  64. December 22, 2010 6:14 am

    Handel’s Messiah. I was in a choir in college and we sang the whole darn thing- took about 45 minutes and now I love hearing different parts of it and singing along with my old part.

  65. sheryl permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:18 am

    Carol of the Bells – every version – good energy in this song.

  66. Michelle permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:18 am

    My favorite right now is the Bruce Springsteen version of “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town,” because I love listening to my two little boys sing along with it!

  67. Abbey S permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:20 am

    Mine changes every year. this year i am rocking out to Last Christmas for numerous reasons. Awesome giveaway!

  68. Holly permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:21 am

    I have to choose “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.” When I was little, I liked to pretend it was about me!

  69. WendyLD permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:21 am

    At the moment it is Feliz Navidad, and that is only because my three year old has decided he LOVES that song and sings it daily. Nothing melts my heart like a little guy belting out “I want to wish you a Merry Christmas!” over and over.

  70. Jennifer Dewaele permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:22 am

    Easily my favorite Christmas song is “Christmas Shoes” by Bob Carlisle. It is such a touching, beautiful song that really reminds us what the season is all about. Merry Christmas to all!!!

  71. Jill R permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:22 am

    Mary did you know?

  72. Mary permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:24 am

    O Holy Night

  73. renee permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:24 am

    O’ Holy Night, all the verses, when it is sung the way it was supposed to be. It drives me crazy when an artist will take a song and “make it their own”.

  74. Deborah permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:27 am

    I love the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLaughlin version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. It is my holiday themed ring tone on my phone! In terms of ultra traditional carols, I love singing and listening to O Holy Night.

  75. December 22, 2010 6:29 am

    Mine is “O Holy Night.” My best memory of it is running at 5am in December through my neighborhood with lots of Christmas lights twinkling, when it came up on my iPod. I had a new (at the time) Avril Lavigne version. Suddenly I was trying to wipe all the tears and run at the same time. It was a very memorable run.

  76. December 22, 2010 6:31 am

    Mariah carey all I want for christmas is you. Love how upbeat and peppy that diddy is.

  77. Michelle permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:35 am

    “The Greatest Gift of All” by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Honestly, anything on the Kenny and Dolly Christmas CD is AWESOME! My husband and boys would disagree but I love it!

    • December 23, 2010 5:05 am

      I FORGOT TO GET THAT OUT THIS YEAR! Thank you for reminding me JUST IN TIME! I am going to find it and “I’llll be hooome with bells on….!”

  78. December 22, 2010 6:42 am

    I really love them all…I think Silver Bells might be my favorite!

  79. ALD permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:43 am

    favorite song and always make my kids laugh–
    “I’m getting nuttin’ for Christmas” by Barry Gordon

  80. Emily H permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:44 am

    Joy to the World!! Seems to capture the essence of the holiday whether we sing it in church, caroling, hear it on the radio or sung in A Christmas Carol. 😀 Love it!

  81. Allison M permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:45 am

    Christmas Rapping by the Waitresses. Love it!

  82. Julie Fredericks permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:46 am

    My boys love Santa Baby- so that is my favorite right now because it is so much fun to see them get excited.

  83. Tricia permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:46 am

    I have always loved Sleigh Ride…just makes you want to get cozy with the ones you love! Merry Christmas!

  84. Becca permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:48 am

    “all I want for Christmas is you” but my favorite version is in the movie “Love Actually”. It gets me everytime when she points to the boy on the drums! Love it!

  85. Jessica permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:50 am

    We Need A Little Christmas

  86. Majda permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:50 am

    Silent Night

  87. Bari permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:51 am

    My favorite holiday song is a toss up between The Christmas Can Can by Straight No Chaser and O Holy Night by Josh Groban. Just depends on my mood 🙂

  88. Sue G permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:52 am

    A gimme question? No way! This is by far the toughest of all! I thought about it on my 45-minute drive to work and still can’t decide! Mary Did You Know, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Christmas Wrapping, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, All I Want for Christmas Is You, Oh Holy Night (Josh Groban version), Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, The Twelve Pains of Christmas, and ANYTHING belted out at church: Joy to the World, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Oh Come All Ye Faithful…. Am I automatically disqualified because I couldn’t limit my favorite to ONE? 🙂
    I love Christmas songs because they reflect the spirit, joy, and meaning of the season. With all the stress and items on our to-do lists, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, but after 3 minutes of Bing Crosby I’m able to smile, relax, enjoy, and ho ho ho!

  89. December 22, 2010 6:52 am

    My all time favorite — Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”. Very powerful!

  90. December 22, 2010 6:53 am

    O Holy Night ALWAYS sends shivers through my body. I love it.
    But I love most Christmas songs: Silent Night, Away in a Manger, Rocking Around the Christmas Tree…and whatever song my 3-year-old sings.

  91. Ruth Lehmann permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:58 am

    Baby, It’s cold outside.

  92. December 22, 2010 6:58 am

    Adeste Fidelis. My kids learned it for Latin class and I just love it.

  93. Linda B permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:05 am

    I love Amy Grant’s “I Need a Silent Night”

  94. December 22, 2010 7:05 am

    Not sure if I could pick just one. I love Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, as well as O Come All Ye Faithful. Not sure why but that one always makes me think of my Grandfather, he passed when I was 7. I would LOVE to win this. It would actually make me want to run outside in the cold and not on the treadmill!

  95. Kes permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:07 am

    “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson is absolutely beautiful – it’s definetely my favorite by far.

  96. Jennifer Lange permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:08 am

    I have to admit that I’m a total scrooge and HATE christmas music. There’s one christmas album the I love though. It’s Rivertribe and is completely instrumental christmas carols. The arrangements are amazing and has unusual instruments like didgeridoos. It’s all I listen to at this time of year.

  97. Eugenie permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:09 am

    Christmas In the Trenches sung by John McCutcheon

  98. Anne permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:10 am

    Mele Kalikimaka – always reminds me of good times singing around the piano with lots of family

  99. Callie permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:11 am

    My absolute favorite holiday song is O, Holy Night; however, my 2yo daughter has learned some of the words to Rudolphy the Red Nosed Reindeer this year so that one is edging it’s way in also!

  100. Cindy permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:13 am

    My all time favorite is Chestnuts Roasting (I think there is a more formal name for it, though).

  101. December 22, 2010 7:14 am

    I LOVE “o holy night”…..because it is such a beautiful song. And it can totally bring me to tears if someone like celine dion or josh groban belt it out in their amazing voice. Kinda like “ave maria.” it doesn’t happen so much when I sing it in all my limited talent, but I can still join in because it’s my fave christmas jam. Holla!

  102. Sara permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:14 am

    Frosty the Snowman! I know it sounds like an odd choice for a 40YO woman…but it reminds me that the holidays should be FUN! And what runner can resist the “thumpity thump thump” line?

  103. Cherylyn permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:14 am

    Love “The Little Drummer Boy”. Favorite album/LP (yes, showing my age!!) -Mitch Miller Sing along Christmas. An oldie but a goody.

  104. December 22, 2010 7:15 am

    My favorite songs are Go Tell It on the Mountain, Jingle Bell Rock, and Carol of the Bells… that being said, I LOVE the Target commercial with the funny lady playing Carol of the Bells into all the recordable Christmas Cards.

  105. December 22, 2010 7:15 am

    OH, I love Baby It’s Cold Outside!

  106. Denise Davies permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:15 am

    I am partial to “the 12 days of christmas” because my kids can never remember the correct words and we just make things up! 🙂

  107. Stephanie permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:16 am

    White Christmas, sung by Bing Crosby

  108. kim permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:18 am

    all i want for christmas is you
    last christmas you gave me your heart
    mele kalikimaka
    etc.
    etc.

  109. Jennifer permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:18 am

    Sexiest Christmas Song: Merry Christmas Baby by Elvis Presley, man oh man he was before my time, but when he sings “Merry Christmas Baby, you sure did treat me right…” it is just the sexist thing ever!

    Christmas Song that brings tears to my eyes ever year: Happy Christmas by John Lennon, especially when he sings, “So this is Christmas and what have you done?”

  110. Sarah L. J. permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:18 am

    So hard to choose! One that is always, even in October, stuck in my head is: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. I also really enjoy Mele Kalikimaka, the version from Christmas Vacation. But possibly my new favorite is my 2.5 year old’s version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. “Rudolph red nosed reindeer, very shiny nose, all the others called him names… *giggle*…”

  111. Jeannie M permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:21 am

    O Holy Night. The song is just beautiful.

  112. Jennifer Alvarez permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:23 am

    My favorite is O Holy Night…I sing it every year at my church’s Christmas Eve service. however, my favorite secular is Santa Baby!!! 🙂

  113. Susan Arnold permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:23 am

    I look forward to hearing Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer because my boys faces light up every time they hear it!!! It’s amazing how happy I am just seeing their excitement!

  114. Natalie permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:23 am

    Favorite Christmas Song: tie between O Holy Night and I want a Hippopotomus for Christmas! I want a Garmin 110 for Christmas, too 🙂

  115. Rose Keith permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:24 am

    My favorite Christmas song is John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas (The War is Over)”. It moves me every time I hear it and is as relevant now as when it was written. Peace and happiness to you all and have an awesome holiday!

  116. Keri permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:24 am

    O Come All Ye Faithful

  117. Erica permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:25 am

    this is so embarrassing! my fave holiday tune is mariah carey’s “all i want for christmas.” 🙂 so good!

  118. Tina Z permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:28 am

    Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”! I don’t admit that to everyone…

  119. December 22, 2010 7:29 am

    I love so many it’s hard to choose. This year I’m really grooving on jazzy versions of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

  120. Maria permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:29 am

    I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, the Chipmunk version. Cracks me up every time….even before I had four kids.

  121. Alecia permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:31 am

    When I worked for Home Depot, starting the day after thanksgiving, the Muzak would start the same revolving Christmas playlist. I eventually learned every work to Mele-kalikee-maca and it remains my fave! Mele kalikee maca is the thing to say, on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day!

  122. December 22, 2010 7:33 am

    What Child Is This? – The jazzy Vanessa Williams version.

  123. December 22, 2010 7:38 am

    My most favorite Christmas song is Ave Maria by Harry Connick Jr. Thanks so much for hosting your 12 days of Giveaways. It has been fun!

  124. December 22, 2010 7:38 am

    Up on the Rooftop! Love that song. Every time I hear it I feel like a kid again.

  125. Kristy permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:40 am

    So many to choose from, but I’ll have to pick Angels We Have Heard on High. Although I’ll admit it changes with my mood!

  126. Megan permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:40 am

    Anything sung at midnight mass on Christmas Eve moves me to tears. Merry Christmas everyone!!

  127. December 22, 2010 7:41 am

    O Holy Night. There is something that is just so magical and powerful about this one.

  128. courtney permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:48 am

    Christmas with the Family – Robert Earl Keene (also a version Dixie Chicks)
    Do they Know it is Christmas – Band Aid (also a version by Bare Naked Ladies)
    Pennies from Heaven (Elf Soundtrack)
    Any song Diana Krall or Etta James sings for Christmas.
    When I was little it was Little Drummer Boy and Frosty the Snowman

  129. Crystal permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:48 am

    I love ‘Angels Among Us by Alabama, I love this song all year but especially at Christmas!

  130. Angela G. permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:49 am

    John Lennon’s Happy XMas (War is Over). I blubbered like a baby when McCartney broke into ‘Give Peace a Chance’ at the end of his set on Saturday Night Live a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t grow up as part of the Beatles generation, but my parents did. It became the soundtrack of my childhood, that’s for sure.

  131. SueM permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:52 am

    Amy Grant “Grown Up Christmas List” – she sings about wanting no more wars and no more worlds torn apart. Isn’t that what we all want?

  132. katie permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:53 am

    My favorite Christmas song, pretty much performed by anyone, is ‘Oh Holy Night.’ My kids especially enjoy when I join in (with my less then performance quality voice) on the line ‘Fall, on your knees” line.

  133. December 22, 2010 7:55 am

    I think it’s Silent Night. It’s mostly for that moment in a Christmas Eve church service, when the lights are turned off, and every one has candles, where everything else falls away—all the crazy holiday bustle, the preparations, the shopping, the wrapping—and I think of the Christmas story and just feel peaceful. This from not even a super religious gal. It just gets me in the gut every year.

  134. jackie permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:55 am

    David Bowie/Bing Crosby’s “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy.” The unlikely duet is beautiful and a little haunting.

    • December 22, 2010 8:36 am

      This is one of my fondest childhood memories – the Bing Crosby special when they sang it!

  135. December 22, 2010 7:56 am

    Mr. Heat Miser/Snow Miser–covered by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy; I loved this song as a child and now my three boys claim it as their favorite too (plus I love swing music).

    Here is the video clip with the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy cover, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMjAf8Nwohs

    “I’m Mister White Christmas
    I’m Mister Snow
    I’m Mister Icicle
    I’m Mister Ten Below
    Friends call me Snow Miser,
    What ever I touch
    Turns to snow in my clutch
    I’m too much!”

  136. Rebecca J. permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:00 am

    O Holy Night! And preferably the Martina McBride version. That song brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it! Merry Christmas!

  137. TRH permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:01 am

    I can’t help but feel “campy” when Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby” pops up on the radio. Can one run with a feather boa?

  138. emily g permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:03 am

    Gotta go traditional – ‘Away in a Manger’. My 2- and 4-yr-old girls love the nativity story (and playing with their Little People nativity). Lately they have both been asking me to sing this song – ‘the baby Jesus song’, as it’s known in our house – to them at bedtime. And it was that or David Bowie’s ‘Little Drummer Boy’ 🙂

  139. Leslie permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:03 am

    i love christmas songs, so hard to choose just one. O Holy Night!

  140. Lyndsay S. permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:05 am

    “What can you get a wookie for Christmas (when he already owns a comb)”. Seriously, it’s a song from the Star Wars Christmas album. Love it!

  141. December 22, 2010 8:06 am

    I am thrilled to feel like a part of the “inner circle” of run like a mother devotees. What an inspiration you are to so many.
    My favorite Christmas song has to be the classic, “Silent Night”, I remember my mom singing it to me when I was little and it brings tears to my eyes to this day.
    Thanks for the chance to win this totally awesome give away, it would be nice to push myself using this tool.
    Misty,
    New Mexico

  142. Kim permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:07 am

    I love “Face of Love” by Jewel. We listen to it every year while we decorate a tree. The Dixie Chicks’ “Christmas with the Family” is hilarious. “Do they know it’s Christmas” is up there too!

  143. Alicia permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:08 am

    Silent night-especially when my 7 year old songs it!

  144. Julie S. permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:09 am

    I had my answer all picked out and then I read this awesome list! No change, though. It’s the David Bowie/Bing Crosby version of Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy. Just love it!

  145. Sara permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:09 am

    I love the song Keep Christmas with You from Christmas Eve on Sesame Street.

  146. Joanmarie permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:10 am

    My favorite is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” ever since we’d moved 1,500 miles away from friends, most of our family, and snow. Hearing it used to make me so sad; now it just makes me sentimental. And maybe a little sad sometimes still.

  147. Kayt permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:11 am

    “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”!!

  148. Jodee permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:11 am

    My favorite the last two years has been “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings” by the Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan. LOVE IT! Truthfully I listen to it year round.

    Merry Christmas!

  149. December 22, 2010 8:11 am

    Carol of the Bells is my favorite Christmas song.

  150. December 22, 2010 8:12 am

    Love Oh Holy Night by Nat King Cole and Jingle Bell Rock by Amy Grant!

  151. Karen permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:13 am

    I love Mele Kalikimaka by Bing Crosby…because it reminds me of the movie Christmas Vacation, which is a favorite of mine!! Merry Christmas!!

  152. Carolyn permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:13 am

    Mary’s Song by Amy Grant and Little Jesus Boy by Trisha Yearwood. These songs remind me of the real reason behind the season.

  153. December 22, 2010 8:15 am

    I love Silver Bells.

  154. LAM permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:15 am

    O Holy Night, such a beautiful song!

  155. December 22, 2010 8:16 am

    That’s almost like asking me which of my kids I love the most, but I’ll choose O Holy Night by Acappella.

  156. December 22, 2010 8:17 am

    Most wonderful time of the year by Andy Williams!

  157. otherjulie permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:17 am

    “Angels We Have Heard on High” – is clearly the winner. When I was little, I remember it always came late in the service and I loved holding out the “Gloooorrrriaaaa” parts.

    Now, it brings peace and reminder what the season is for.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  158. Jennifer permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:18 am

    My favorite Christmas song is Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Bruce Springsteen.

  159. Tracy permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:19 am

    O Holy Night – and sung by a guy with a deep baritone voice! Merry Christmas everyone!

  160. Jess M permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:20 am

    Maybe beloved isn’t the right word, but regardless, it’s my favorite… “All I want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan” by Kenny Chesney. I live in the Midwest and every year about this time, I ask myself “why?” Take me to the island, put my feet in the sand… or running shoes, whichever… 🙂

  161. Melissa permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:20 am

    Jingle Bells for me.

  162. Sarah A. permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:20 am

    My favorite tends to vary from year to year, but this year it has been the very funny “Another Christmas Song” from Stephen Colbert’s Christmas special. This is an improvement from last year’s favorite: Christmas Eve in the Drunk Tank/Fairytale of New York

  163. cshort4 permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:20 am

    Any version of “O Holy Night,” Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” and Amy Grants’ “Breath of Heaven.”

  164. December 22, 2010 8:21 am

    It’s difficult for me to pick just one Christmas song. This year I’ve been playing Winter Song by Audrey Assad.

  165. ice cream addict permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:21 am

    Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, the Bare Naked Ladies version.

  166. dee permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:22 am

    Silver Bells. It always reminds me of the beautiful Christmases I had when I lived in New York City. There is nothing more magical than Christmas in NYC, even hardened NYers do all the touristy things like the tree in Rockafellar, the windows at Saks, skating in central park.

  167. Susan permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:22 am

    U2’s version of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”. Like you, SBS, it transports me back to college. Thank you for this great contest! It has been so much fun!

  168. Darcy permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:24 am

    Really, just one! I have so many that I love this time of year but one that always warms my heart is O Holy Night!

  169. Amy Z permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:27 am

    All of them….there isn’t a one I don’t love. Have been listening to the all Christmas music channel since November!

  170. December 22, 2010 8:27 am

    Only one? Not possible – too many years of choir (so are my favorites those I can sing?), and Christmas music is, in general, my favorite, even though I feel very behind in holiday spirit this year. So, maybe one per genre…..

    Religious – Hallelujah Chorus (have you seen the food court flash mob on youtube?)
    Traditional – Carol of the Bells
    Popular – The Twelve Days of Christmas as performed by Straight No Chaser
    Instrumental – Kije’s Ride as performed by the Boston Pops

    Now, off to find those stations on Pandora and my holiday TV special DVDs. Ho ho ho! 🙂

  171. Tryna permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:27 am

    Favorite song: I’ll be Home for Christmas. Gets me every time.

  172. Celeste permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:27 am

    O Holy Night, preferably by Bing.

  173. Autumn permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:27 am

    All of them:) but really LOVE the Little Drummer Boy. Merry Christmas!!

  174. jen permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:28 am

    O Holy Nite by the GLEE cast!!

  175. Jaclyn permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:28 am

    The Hanukkah Song by Adam Sandler!

  176. Lisa in Omaha permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:29 am

    Silent Night – at our church, all the acolytes hold candles and they dim the lights and everyone sings Silent Night – it is really pretty and touching.

  177. December 22, 2010 8:29 am

    born to die by Bebo Norman… incredible lyrics, beautiful melody.

  178. Deanne Schermerhorn permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:29 am

    My favorite song is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Judy Garland’s version

  179. Kim permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:29 am

    Boots by The Killers.

  180. Bente permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:33 am

    The Waitresses-Christmas Wrapping. I may have to add it to my running playlist.

  181. Darrah permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:33 am

    “Sleigh Ride” (the version by The Boston Pops Orchestra)

  182. sarah behan permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:34 am

    alvin and the chipmunks christmas song

  183. December 22, 2010 8:35 am

    i want a hippopotamus for Christmas…only a hippopotamus will do!

    that song has a certain “something” that gets in my head

  184. Melissa Ann Brook permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:36 am

    Any version of Carol of the Bells!

  185. Denise Malia permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:37 am

    So many to chose from, but the first to come to mind was “The Little Drummer Boy “.

  186. December 22, 2010 8:39 am

    My favorite holiday song is Talk a Walk through Bethlehem by Trisha Yearwood. I love the thought of being able to simply do that, take a walk through Bethlehem that night. How amazing the Christmas story is when you think of the simple things that mattered then. That song reminds me that all the wrapping, rushing and worrying about making the holiday special is not what is important. The lyrics remind me to celebrate the gift I have already been given and how important it is that I share it with my family.

  187. December 22, 2010 8:39 am

    So tough – my current fave is “Wintersong” by Sarah McLachlan…

  188. Sandy permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:40 am

    LOVE the song, “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time”…puts me in a great mood EVERY time I hear it!
    Merry Christmas and thank you for the opportunity to win such a cool watch!

  189. December 22, 2010 8:40 am

    I must be too jaded because my favorite has always been “Father Christmas” by the Kinks. That said, the Bing Crosby/David Bowie duet mentioned a few times above always stops me in my tracks. But this year, my local radio has been playing John Lennon’s Happy Christmas (The War is Over) and although I’ve always loved the song, the beginning part where he wishes Yoko and Julian each a Merry Christmas make me teary. I just imagine what it would mean to them today…not so jaded after all!

  190. Marianne permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:41 am

    I, too, love Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” but my FAVORITE christmas song is “A New York Christmas” by Rob Thomas!

  191. December 22, 2010 8:41 am

    I love love love Oscar the Grouch singing “I Hate Christmas”. Anything on that Sesame Street album, really 😀

  192. December 22, 2010 8:44 am

    Jingle Bells but in French so “Vive le Vent”

  193. AprilA permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:44 am

    Silent Night by BoyzIIMen…LOVE the acapella!

  194. Erinn permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:45 am

    I’ve always loved the Little Drummer Boy – rum pa pum pum, rum pa pum pum…..

  195. Lee permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:47 am

    It’s hard to pick just one favorite, but the Allelujah chorus from the Messiah is right up there on the list.

  196. RunnergirlPNW permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:49 am

    My favorite Christmas song is “O Holy Night.”

  197. December 22, 2010 8:51 am

    Elvis’s Blue Christmas… It’s a classic.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  198. ferreira5 permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:51 am

    Hard to pick a favorite, but I love “Santa Baby” 🙂

  199. CindyAz permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:53 am

    Silent Night.

  200. Staci permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:53 am

    Wow! You guys went all out for the last day! I would LOVE this! My Nike foot sensor is kaput, so I can only Mapmyrun.com my runs, and use my watch to time it. 😦 getting old.

    Anyway, my favorite Christmas song is “Mary, did you know?” …my favorite version is by Clay Aiken. Brings tears to my eyes every time. 2nd? “Little Drummer Boy”.
    Thanks for the opportunity ladies!

  201. Mary S. permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:54 am

    My favorite Christmas song is Joy To the World. A good reminder to myself what Christmas is really about!

  202. Amber permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:54 am

    I love Sarah McLachlan’s version of Silent Night.

  203. Leslie Hughes permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:58 am

    The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…) by the Carpenters. It’s been my favorite since I was little, and is always the song I look forward to hearing each year. I just love it. (And I sing it horribly, over and over… Ha!)

  204. December 22, 2010 8:59 am

    For me it’s a toss-up between “O Holy Night” and “Carol of the Bells”.

  205. Jenny C. permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:02 am

    I love the Barenaked Ladies, God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman. But I have to say, I also love the Bandaid song. I just watched the video and wholy smokes! That 80’s fashion was crazy! It sure took me back to those days.

  206. Gretchen Z. permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:03 am

    Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” is my favorite.

  207. Lora permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:03 am

    I have always loved Silent Night. However, this year I am a little sassier, so I must go with I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.

  208. Stacy permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:06 am

    My favorite Christmas song is “Holly Jolly Christmas” sung by Burl Ives in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I actually watched the show by myself this year just to see the Burl Ives-voiced snowman sing it! It instantly takes me back to the late 70s, when my brother and I watched the show together every year. Merry Christmas!

  209. Lori Connors permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:07 am

    Definitely Silent Night…brings peace to my soul.

  210. Susan Gilman permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:08 am

    I am going with “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – most any version – but especially Vanessa Williams and Bobby Caldwell….

  211. Joanna permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:08 am

    My boyfriend is from Kentucky, and he introduced me to Alabama’s Christmas album, which is just a piece of work. My favorite song is track 6 – Thistlehaire the Christmas bear – but really the whole album is worth a listen, or 12.

    Love this giveaway, thank you!

  212. Becky permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:08 am

    I’d have to say Joy to the World, although I love most all traditional Christmas songs!

  213. Sarah permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:08 am

    Away in a manger, but only when my 5 year old sings it.

  214. Kate B. permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:10 am

    Definitely, Jingle Bells!!!

  215. December 22, 2010 9:10 am

    Mine would be the Glee version of “Baby its cold outside” I am a sucker for that song, and to have a new “worldy” version (aka man on man) belting it out just yells “WAKE UP WORLD- THINGS HAVE CHANGED!” I have been dreaming about this ForeRunner all Christmas Season- but alas it is out of my grasp (aka budget). I will pray and wish on a star if need be. Merry Christmas!!

  216. Mary permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:12 am

    I’ll Be Home For Christmas — the Elvis recording!

  217. Kate permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:14 am

    “Song for a Winter’s Night” by Sarah McLachlan. It conjurs all things dark and cozy for this time of year.

  218. Kathy A permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:15 am

    Baby its cold outside. Loved the Glee version too!

  219. lelee permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:15 am

    My all time favorite Christmas song is: NOEL. Especially Josh Groban’s version.

  220. Tammy Sanders permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:15 am

    Dean Martin’s “Let It Snow” ~ I live in the south and have only ever seen flurries on Christmas Eve ~ but that doesn’t stop my dreams of the beautiful white down covering the landscape and my children sledding or skating on frozen ponds ~ sipping hot chocolate with a scarf on while watching the giant flakes drift gently to the ground ~ the holiday lights reflecting as they twinkle and sparkle. I know plenty of you are grumbling over the hassles that snow brings but in my mind it’s magical!

  221. Erinn S permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:16 am

    I love any song from the Trans Siberian Orchestra..”We are waiting’ is probably my most favorite!

  222. Cindy permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:18 am

    White Christmas gets me everytime; my hubby was in Afganistan last year at this time and it broke my heart everytime I heard this song. Although, I’ll be home for Christmas got me pretty good too, tearing up writing this now.

  223. December 22, 2010 9:21 am

    there’s no place like home for the holidays – love it! Always reminds me of the hustle and bustle of Christmas and visiting with family and friends!

  224. Julie permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:21 am

    Silent night….love this song!

    Thanks for a fun giveaway! Merry Christmas!

    Julie

  225. sharla permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:22 am

    I would have to say its cold outside! I love how the guy in the back ground is tring to keep her inside… and she wants to go. kinda like me I want to go! go! go! and something is always triing to hold me back…I am new to running and have a great friend that is helping me get started this year! For the new year I want to run a 5k with out stopping. I hope every one has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  226. December 22, 2010 9:23 am

    Oh my goodness. To select a favorite Christmas song. I think it would have to be Silent Night simply because it instantly seems to resonate a sacred vibration when singing it.

  227. December 22, 2010 9:23 am

    there’s no place like home for the holidays – love it! Always reminds of the hustle and bustle of Christmas and visiting with family and friends!

  228. Sarah D. permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:24 am

    My favorite is the theme to a Charlie Brown Christmas. Love the whole soundtrack!

  229. December 22, 2010 9:24 am

    I love The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire). It has been my favourite since I was a young child. Hark the Harold Angels Sing makes me cry … it was my Nana’s favourite song and always makes me think about her.

  230. Pam permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:26 am

    My favorite song is “Christmas Vacation” from the movie Christmas Vacation. It pretty much sums up exactly how I feel when Christmas gets here – we all need a good vacation 🙂 Happy Holidays and Happy Running!

  231. Meg permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:26 am

    O Holy Night, hands down. Whethers its Josh Groban, Mariah Carey, Sarah Brightman, or a childrens choir, anyone singing, I just love it. Also a special spot for Greensleeves because that was my moms favorite.

  232. December 22, 2010 9:29 am

    I love Carol of the Bells. I even run to it sometimes! Merry Christmas!

  233. Trish R permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:35 am

    Bruce Sprinsteen’s version of Santa Claus is Coming To Town.

  234. pam permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:39 am

    This year my favorite song is whatever my 2 year old is singing. It is so amazing to watch him enjoying the Christmas music! What a great way to get into the Christmas spirit!

  235. Jennifer Brannon permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:41 am

    Couldn’t have picked a harder question for me to answer, but if I HAVE to pick, I’m going with that song that’s a capella about the little girl Maria bringing the injured bird as a present for baby Jesus… the one that tells the story of the first nightingale song? Yes, that one makes me cry EVERY time I hear it!!

  236. Shaygram permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:41 am

    How Many Kings by Down Here… truly the reason for the season!!

  237. Christina permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:42 am

    Mine is one that probably isn’t very widely known, but it’s a traditional hymn called “Once in Royal David’s City.” The night my husband proposed to me in 2003, we attended a Christmas Lessons & Carols service at Sewanee University’s chapel. This was one of the opening hymns. The service was beautiful, and the proposal AMAZING, so that song always brings back happy memories of Christmas 2003…

  238. Nancy permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:43 am

    Mr Heatmister – actually pretty good for running too 🙂

  239. Gina J permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:46 am

    My favorite holiday song of all times is Silent Night. I just think it’s a beautiful song.

  240. Bridget permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:46 am

    I love “Christmastime in Hollis Queens”!! So fun!

  241. December 22, 2010 9:46 am

    There are so many that make me feel all warm and nostalgic and Christmasy, but the standout one that really makes me dance around and sing is “Heatmiser” from “The Year Without a Santa Claus.” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy does a great version of it! 🙂

  242. Judy permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:47 am

    “Mary’s Boy Child”, there are lots of versions but I prefer the BE Taylor one. Merry Christmas to all my RLAMs and especially Sarah and Dimity!

  243. Erin permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:49 am

    My favorite song is Run Rudolph Run — the Chuck Berry version! It is so fun!!

  244. December 22, 2010 9:50 am

    Winter Wonderland and White Christmas! :))

    • Tiffany permalink
      December 22, 2010 8:17 pm

      I love “O Holy Night”. For me, it’s what the Christmas season is all about! I also love, “Silent Night” and “Mary, Did You Know?” for the same reasons, to celebrate the birth of Jesus!

  245. Kat permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:50 am

    So tough to decide, and even harder after reading so many posts. Gonna have to go with Robert Earl Keen “Merry Christmas from the Family”. May not be very sacrad, but how can you not love…

    Mom got drunk and Dad got drunk at our Christmas party
    We were drinking champagne punch and homemade eggnog

    Of course, I made a Christmas CD for the kiddos and while he finds it appropriate to introduce them to all sorts of death metal in the car, I was told that that song was completely out of line for them…Guess he is right!

    • Kat permalink
      December 22, 2010 9:52 am

      And thanks for the 12 days of give aways. It was still fun reading all the posts. Just finished the book for the second time and I love the blog and facebook page!

  246. Anne Deringer permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:51 am

    Last Christmas, the Jimmy Eat World version!

  247. Erica permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:52 am

    It would have to be O Holy Night—brings me to tears every time but now because I can think of my mom singing it as it was one of her absolute favorites.

  248. Jill O permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:54 am

    I’ve been listening to the Glee Christmas Album this Christmas- so my favourite song is from that- Baby it’s Cold Outside.

  249. Patty permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:54 am

    My favorite Christmas song of all time is Oh Holy Night by Nate King Cole. His voice is awesome and I have never heard anyone sing it as well as him.

  250. Ashley H permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:54 am

    “O Holy Night” will always be my favorite! So beautiful!

  251. December 22, 2010 9:55 am

    It’s not necessarily my favorite song, but I love Victor Garber’s version of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

  252. December 22, 2010 9:57 am

    It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!!…. because it is! :oD

  253. Selene permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:57 am

    “All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth,” in honor of my teething baby.

  254. Danielle permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:57 am

    My favorite Christmas song is Mele Kalikimaka. However, the song I hear most on Christmas is Happy Birthday. 🙂 A new Garmin would be a perfect birthday present under the tree!

    • Danielle permalink
      December 22, 2010 10:14 am

      Almost forgot–also love Christmas at the Zoo by the Flaming Lips. Not quite traditional, but it makes me happy!

  255. Yulia Willoughby permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:57 am

    It’s difficult to pick one… But for several years I am really tickled by Love Actually Soundtrack. Ultimate Christmas for me!

  256. Heidi permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:59 am

    My favorite Christmas song is The Little Drummer Boy. Such a great picture of giving what we have from our heart. Just a few days ago my son said to me, “Mommy, when they say ‘Mary nodded’ and ‘Then He smiled at me’ I can see it in my mind”. Tears!!

  257. Donna permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:59 am

    I ❤ "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses

  258. Elaine permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:59 am

    alan jackson, let it be Christmas. Also Silent Night. and little drummer boy… I could go on and on…Merry Christmas to all you RLAMS!

  259. December 22, 2010 10:00 am

    Totally STUMPED!! So many songs, I love love love White Christmas, Santa Clause is coming to town, Jingle Bells, but I have to say Dominic the Donkey, ’cause it’s just too much fun and I’m 100% I-Tie – so that’s a brainer!!!

  260. Melinda K permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:02 am

    I have really enjoyed Christmas Canon. And All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey is a classic in our house—we all enjoy singing along to that one.

  261. April Thomson permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:03 am

    I love “Mary, Did you know?” as my all time favorite and then “Do they know it’s Christmas” is runner up! 🙂

  262. Dale Fish permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:04 am

    My fav is White Christmas by Iggy Pop!

  263. Jamie Duncan permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:09 am

    White Christmas sung by Bing Crosby is one of my favorite Christmas Mood inspiring songs.

    Spiritual based would be O Holy Night, hands down.

    I REALLY would make excellent use of this Garmin, you’d make me a VERY happy girl!!

  264. Janey permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:11 am

    Go Tell it on the Mountain. Blind Boys of Alabama. Enough said.

  265. Sara P permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:12 am

    My favorite Christmas Song is “Oh Holy Night”. I am not particularly religious, but this song is sacred and beautiful.. just represents the season to me. Happy Santa Days!

  266. December 22, 2010 10:15 am

    I have to say, I have to agree with “Do you know it’s Christmas” and the Bono bit…

    Along the same lines, I feel like I can never properly get into the Holiday spirit until I hear U2’s ” Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” … it’s U2, it’s fun to sing along with and dance to (yes, I said “dance”… something I rarely ever do). A few years ago, my husband bought it for me on CD, but he knows it never really counts until I hear it on the radio. No idea why, maybe it’s the element of surprise when it comes over the airwaves vs the CD player.

    Anyway, it can easily transform my mood from grumpy-Scrooge-like to super-cheery-holiday-excited-woohoo-must-go-out-and-run-around. And if I had a Garmin, I might pace that “run-around” mood a little better… !

  267. Annette M permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:17 am

    Choosing just one seems difficult… There’s O Holy Night (LOVE) and Lucy and Linus from a Charlie Brown Christmas, James Taylor’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” but I do love, most of all – i think, the relatively unknown, “What a Wonderful Beginning.” Merry Christmas Dimity, Sarah and the whole RLAM Tribe!

  268. Janelle permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:18 am

    Go tell it on the Mountain or when the kids at church sing Felix Navidad because they get so into it and it’s the pastors favorite!

    He! I am excited for christmas and the garmin, though I am tempted to get it set up so that after presents I can get a run in before Christmas dinner prep! and my hubby is slightly jealous but says he hasn’t made up his mind!

  269. Sharyl permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:19 am

    Oh so many songs to pick from! If I had to pick one, I would say Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee. Hope you have a wonderful holiday! Thanks for all the advice this year!

  270. Stephanie permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:19 am

    Hands down, “O Holy Night”. Christmas often times seems to get so commercialized focusing on gifts, Santa Claus, Ho Ho Ho, Jingle bells and all that, etc. The song represents the real meaning of the season– Our saviours birth. Everytime I hear it, it makes the little hairs on my arms raise and gives me little goosebumps. Simply a beautiful song that truly makes me smile and gives a gentle reminder of what Christmas is all about.

  271. Amy H. permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:20 am

    Can I pick two?! One happy and one that chokes me up: the original “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt is always fun and makes me feel a bit naughty but “Little Drummer Boy” sung by David Bowie and Bing always gives me pause, and grounds me to the real meaning of the season….sigh.

  272. dirksgirlsmama permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:21 am

    Hark The Herald Angels Sing, sung by Charlie Brown and the gang. How can you not just love that classic Christmas show, and seeing all their heads raised up to sing that great song…I just love it every time! So much so, that the soundtrack is my #1 played album for a month straight!

  273. Billie permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:21 am

    1 Christmas song is so hard to pick. I love singing Rudolph with my daughter but I love listening to any version of the Little Drummer Boy. I also love the instrumentals by Trans-Siberian Orchestra especially – Christmas Eve Sarajevo

  274. Molly permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:22 am

    O Holy Night, the Nat King Cole version. Brings me to tears!

  275. Jessica Douglas permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:22 am

    It’s too hard to choose just one… Probably Jingle Bells because that’s one of my daughter’s favorites and I adore hearing her singing it. Merry Christmas Everyone!

  276. Melissa B. permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:23 am

    Hands down…”Please Come Home For Christmas” by Jon Bon Jovi. Why? Well….it’s Jon Bon Jovi….’nuff said 😉 He just may be the sexiest man EVER!

    I have ALOT of Bon Jovi songs on my 1/2 marathon training playlist….race date is 2/6/11…my 1st!!!! EEK!!!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  277. Ashley Price permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:24 am

    Mannheim Steamroller’s Carol of the Bells.

    Whether working out, shopping ’til you drop, or busting out an all-nighter cookie session, this song just gets you pumping and full of the holiday spirit!

  278. Dorothy Mills permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:24 am

    My favorite Christmas song is Christmas Canon by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

  279. Andrea Speicher permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:26 am

    Mele Kalikimaka – the song from the pool scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation…,”she’s a beaute, Clark.”

  280. Lisa W permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:26 am

    Carol of the bells

  281. Karen Falat permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:27 am

    Carol of the bells, the grinch song and santa clause is commin’ to town. Im Mrs. mainstream when it comes to my Christmas music. It puts the holly directly into my jolly.

  282. December 22, 2010 10:27 am

    I love so many songs, but I’m always moved by the haunting nature of “What Child Is This” especially because I think it applies to every mom–we have no idea the potential of the children who we hold and cuddle.

  283. Kim Breimeier permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:27 am

    I love many of them, but my favorite to sing with the kids in the car, while we all bust out in uncontrollable laughter is “I Farted on Santa’s Lap” by The Little Stinkers.

  284. Amy H. permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:31 am

    It has to be Sleigh Ride performed by the Boston Pops!

  285. alli permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:31 am

    Easy, my favorite Christmas song is Feliz Navidad!!

  286. Val permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:32 am

    My favorite is “Little St Nick” by the Beachboys. I grew up in CA before moving to the NW and nomatter that we actually have “winter” weather here, whenever I hear that song I can feel the santa annas blowing and see the palm trees waving and I remember what christmas was like there when I was a child, where we always listened to my step dad’s beachboys christmas record.

  287. Catrina permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:32 am

    Christmas Offering by Casting Crowns, such a great reminder of why we celebrate Christmas!

  288. Sarah permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:33 am

    I should be more embarrassed by this answer: Bing Crosby and David Bowie’s version of Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth. I love it.

  289. tina permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:34 am

    Silent Night is my all time favorite, and it’s even more special this year because my son practised for hours to be able to play it on the piano for our extended family on Christmas Eve!

  290. December 22, 2010 10:35 am

    I’d have to say that John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” has to be the best song ever!

  291. Kate permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:36 am

    As much as I’m not typically a Mariah Carey fan, I can’t get enough of her “All I Want for Christmas”.

  292. nitasha permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:38 am

    Ahh so many good ones. But since I was a kid it has been Jingle Bell Rock, even had a dance routine for this! x

  293. Melissa permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:38 am

    My favorate Christmas song is “Come, All Ye Faithful.” “And in his name, all oppression shall cease.”

  294. December 22, 2010 10:42 am

    My fav is listening to my kids sing away in a manger! Reminds me why we celebrate Christmas !

  295. Amrita permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:44 am

    Maybe not a Christmas song, but I love ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ , the Dean Martin version (and the Zooey Deschanel one!)

  296. Terri permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:47 am

    O holy Night. I’m not even Christian but this song just gets me.

  297. December 22, 2010 10:55 am

    It has to be Handel’s Messiah. Amazing. Gives me goosebumps every time.

  298. December 22, 2010 10:55 am

    River by Joni Mitchell. Love it.

  299. Beverly permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:55 am

    My favorite Christmas songs are “O Holy Night” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.

  300. Charity Manwaring permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:56 am

    I love the traditional Silent Night. The history behind it is enough to make one stop and ponder about what’s really important.

  301. Rachel permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:56 am

    Jingle Bells, sung by my 3 1/2 year old. Doesn’t get much better than that!

  302. Sarah Gillen permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:56 am

    My favorite is my little ones singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – their voices express their sheer excitement for the holidays…which always gets me in the right mood for dashing through the long list of things to do to get ready.

  303. Lisa permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:57 am

    “Angels we Have Heard on High” (the Gloria in Excelsis Deo song.)

    Love it!

  304. AliB permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:58 am

    My favorite right now is Malikalemaka as I am sitting at the airport getting ready to fly to Hawaii!

  305. Liz permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:06 am

    O Holy Night is my all time favorite.

  306. December 22, 2010 11:07 am

    This year my favourite has been George Michael’s song (that was re-done on Glee) “Last Chrstmas”.
    But my all time fav is Silent Night, it brings me back to high school when I sang in the a capella choir. A beautiful time of year for singing!

  307. Andrea permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:08 am

    My favorite Christmas song is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

  308. Megan Gallagher permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:09 am

    Enya’s Silent Night, which she sings in Gaelic. So quietly beautiful it reminds me of the magic and mystery of Christmas from when I was a little girl. Christmas can be so hurried and hectic, listening always makes me pause and breath for a moment. I have a fantasy of going for a Christmas run in the woods with this playing- someday when kiddo is old enough for his single mom to leave alone to have that break! Until then, it will play while I am wrapping the last of the presents and thinking of how much the people receiving these gifts mean to me.

  309. Mel permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:09 am

    “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” (sung by Sarah Mclachlan) – it gets me teary eyed. Originally a poem by Longfellow, it makes such a beautiful song…and a good reminder of what this season is really about. Peace on earth, goodwill to men (and women!).

  310. t0nya permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:13 am

    Amy Grant’s, Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song). Absolutely beautiful song. Always takes me back to the many Christmas seasons I spent helping my mom decorate the house for the season while listening to that CD.

  311. Tracey Smith permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:14 am

    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings by Barenaked Ladies featuring Sarah McLachlan. Great version!

  312. Jenny Womble permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:20 am

    My favorite holiday song is Mele Kalikimaka by Bing Crosby. Really anything by Bing Crosby I love… it reminds me of Christmas as a kid and all the happy memories from a much simpler time in life. Happy Holidays, ladies!

  313. Laura permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:21 am

    We Need Alittle Christmas by the Glee Cast. My birthday is Christmas day and I will be turning 40! This is one year that I am happy that I have a Christmas Birthday (I am hoping with all the Christmas excitment from my 3 kids and hubby we can pass this birthday right by!!) The Glee cast always brightens the mood!!

  314. December 22, 2010 11:23 am

    call me corny, but my favorite Christmas song is the Muppets 12 Days of Christmas, singing along as loud as I can with my kids. 🙂

  315. Jessica Grady permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:29 am

    My favorite is Little Drummer Boy! Magical!

  316. December 22, 2010 11:29 am

    Love John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” (I think the movie Love Actually has something to do with the latter… 🙂 )

  317. Tami Pike permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:31 am

    Easy! My most favorite song is “Do you know what I know”. So beautiful it captures, for me, the true Christmas! Merry Christmas everyone.

  318. Karey VandeWater permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:31 am

    I have a favorite Christmas song- a non-traditional one, at that. It is “Mary’s Boy Child/ O My Lord” by Boney M. It has a disco-y beat and I can’t help get moving when I hear it! If you have never heard it before, check it out this year!

  319. Brek permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:34 am

    I’ve always been a sucker for ‘Baby its cold outside’. Such a classic!

  320. Debbie Dorsett permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:36 am

    My favorite is The River, sung by Robert Downey Jr. Not the most impressive vocals, but I love the way he sings it.

  321. Kristen S. permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:37 am

    Normally, It’s the “Do you know it’s christmas…” ,I love Simon Le Bon!!! But this year it’s my toddlers version of Jingle Bells, goes a little something like this…,”Jingle belsh,Jingle Belsh, Santa, santa, santa…santa, santa, fireplace, presents, presents…JESUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

  322. Christina permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:37 am

    Winter Wonderland! Probably because I sooooo don’t live in a snowy, wintery place. Christmas eve will be 80 degrees! A “cold” front comes in that night so Christmas day will be a blustery 65! LOL!

  323. Nicolio permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:38 am

    Gramma Got Run Over By a Reindeer!!!

  324. December 22, 2010 11:40 am

    That’s tough. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen–BNL version, is my fave, but also love any Ella Fitzgerald song from “Ella’s Swinging Christmas”

  325. Lelia permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:40 am

    I want a hippopatomus for Christmas

  326. Becky Enright permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:44 am

    O holy night…beautiful 🙂

  327. Lisa Along permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:49 am

    I’m born and bred in Baltimore, so for me if I don’t hear “Crabs for Christmas”, my Christmas is not complete! It’s a Baltimore thing, hon!!

  328. December 22, 2010 11:50 am

    Loving a gorgeous new one by Barlow girl

    Wow, I’d love that Garmin!

    Mary, runner since August, mom of 10
    ran FIRST race Dec 18th!

  329. Christmas permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:50 am

    Without a doubt..O holy night. Sung by Michael Crawford. No matter how many times I hear it I get chills down my spine! I love it!

    • Christine permalink
      December 22, 2010 11:51 am

      Okay my name is Christine, I have no idea why it posted as “Christmas” lol!

  330. Michelle permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:54 am

    I have to admit, I really don’t like Christmas music, but I always get a good laugh out of the Bob Dyln’s “Must be Santa” video!

  331. December 22, 2010 11:59 am

    I think “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” is probably my favorite as far as the words go. However, this year I’m really enjoying “Frosty the Snowman” because my 4 year old really gets into singing it.

  332. Lauren Hawkins permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:59 am

    I absolutely adore “O Holy Night.” I always tear up at the line “fall on your knees…”

  333. December 22, 2010 12:00 pm

    I have two favorites. And they both tend towards the melancholy:

    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, either the Pretenders’ version, or Coldplay. The part about muddling through somehow? Sad and tender, and true.

    The River, by Joni Mitchell. Or done by Robert Downey, Jr. It just makes my heart ache.

    On the less melancholy side, I can’t help but love Santa Lost a Ho, by the Christmas Jug Band.

  334. Steph permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:00 pm

    Oh Holy Night.

    Merry Christmas!

  335. Ami permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:05 pm

    Do they know it’s Christmas…and I love Bono’s line as well!
    Happy Holidays!

  336. Meghan permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:08 pm

    “My Christmas Prayer” by Bebe Winans. Not my usual style for music in general and I love all the traditional Christmas carols (Sinatra, Bing, etc.) but this song is so hopeful and makes me happy.

  337. December 22, 2010 12:14 pm

    my favorite Christmas song is Mele Kalikimaka.

  338. sara henderson permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:19 pm

    little drummer boy by josh groban

  339. Melanie M. permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:24 pm

    Definitely “Baby It’s Cold Outside”–LOVED the version on Glee, and “Last Christmas”. the Glee Christmas CD is the absolute BEST!

  340. Marika permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:31 pm

    Carrie Underwood’s version of Hark the Herald Angels Sing. So beautiful.

  341. Carolee Hall permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:31 pm

    As a midwife, I have to say, “A Bzby Changes Everything “

  342. December 22, 2010 12:36 pm

    My favourite has got to be O Come O Come Emmanuel done with full organ and choir. My house is full of the classics though, like The Huron Carol, Joy to the World and Good Christian Men Rejoice.

  343. Tyler permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:36 pm

    “It’s True” by Sara Groves. Her son introduces the song and it brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it! It reminds me of my sweet little boy and how thankful I am to be making Christmas memories with him and my husband.

  344. Susan Bazin permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:44 pm

    my favorite holiday song is “I’ll be home for Christmas”…thanks!

  345. sandra m. permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:45 pm

    I like This is Christmas by Celine Dion and Oh Holy Night by josh Grobin. and the Glee christams albumn!!!!

  346. December 22, 2010 12:47 pm

    Most beloved holiday song: Silent Night – preferably sung by my kiddos or some honest to goodness carolers! It sends me to childhood and Christmas Eve church services. Jingle Bells sung by the boys is a pretty close runner-up!

  347. December 22, 2010 12:50 pm

    When I was little my Aunt used to babysit my sister and I when my dad worked 16 hour days for the refinery and my mom worked Repo for the IRS. My Uncle had the most amazing voice and used to sing year round but I have amazing memories of him singing White Christmas and O Christmas Tree. To this day those two songs bring tears to my eyes. My uncle passed away 4 and a half years ago but his voice will live forever in my heart and this time of year in my ears.

  348. Amie Sweeney permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:52 pm

    Any Christmas Carol sung by my kids’ choir – especially those from the Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols.

  349. December 22, 2010 12:52 pm

    Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl- hands down!

  350. Lori Bondy permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:54 pm

    Anything playing on my cheesy but beloved TV Fireplace DVD!!! 🙂

  351. Melissa permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:54 pm

    My favorite Christmas song is Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, love my daughter chanting “Like a Lightbulb!”.

  352. December 22, 2010 12:57 pm

    I am loving Straight No Chaser’s song titled 12 Days of Christmas. I heard it the first time this year and every time I hear it I smile!

  353. December 22, 2010 12:59 pm

    My all-time favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night. *sigh* It brings peace to my soul.

  354. December 22, 2010 1:07 pm

    Jingle Bells, specifically the version my children sing regarding the smelliness of Batman.

  355. Atha permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:08 pm

    Why, Chuck Berry’s Run Run Rudolph of course!

  356. Jenni Scobey permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:09 pm

    Can I be interfaith here? I know Hanukkah is over and this is for the twelve days of Christmas, but Adam Sandler’s “Chanukkah Song” totally cracks me up. On the mainstream side of the holidays, I love Jingle Bells. The words are easy enough for even the smalled kids to sing and everyone really gets into singing, especially a large group. Smiles all around!

  357. Iliana Zuniga permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:16 pm

    I love “I want a hipopotamous for Xmas”
    I never heard this song as a child as I was born and raised in Mexico, but when I heard it from the first time, when I was in college in Texas, it became my Xmas hymn. It is all about fun, and wishing something so bad from the bottom of your heart, even as absurd as it sounds. I am known for always wanting to have the last word on arguments, and I love how the little girl in the song has an answer for everything her mommy tells her about the hippo. Pure determination, and fun!
    that’s me.

  358. Sarah permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:16 pm

    I have a Kohl’s Christmas CD that has More by Bobby Darin on it. Even though it’s not really a Christmas song, it reminds me of the holidays and I pretty much only hear it around xmas because of that CD.

  359. Heidi permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:17 pm

    Silent Night.

  360. Aimee K. permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:18 pm

    The Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack.Makes me so happy!

  361. Tita permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:18 pm

    It’s a tie between Joy to the World and Silent Night – both are SO beautiful to sing. And what a coincidence that this is your grand finale question! Tonight is our neighborhood’s caroling night and a bunch of us will be heading out in the misty rain to repeat, repeat, the sounding joy!

  362. Laura Lappe permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:18 pm

    Johnny Mathis’ singing “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”. He melts my butter.

  363. Shelley Buckholtz permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:19 pm

    There is nothing I love better than the New Year and New Year’s Eve. It is a universal holiday of goodwill.

    I love, cherish and believe it is a mini miracle to be able to hope for peace, joy and excitement for all things in the new year. Each year, I love the memories of old years, cherish the moment, and look forward to the next. Plus, I love sneaking a kiss from my husband even if I am tucked under the covers at midnight because the rest of the holiday cheer with the family wore me out.

    Thus, I love, love Auld Lang Syne especially by Pink Martini (on their Joy to the World Album).

    Happy Holidays!

    Shelley Buckholtz

  364. December 22, 2010 1:21 pm

    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. And anything my kids sing…

  365. Pam permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:25 pm

    Oh my new favorite Christmas song is “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”. It’s just too cute & makes me smile every time I hear it.!

  366. December 22, 2010 1:26 pm

    The hymn “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” is wonderous. But I do have a special place in my heart for Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”. Strange combo, I know.

  367. alanna permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:31 pm

    Marshmellow World, Dean Martin

    Reminds me of my father, playing the songs of his youth

  368. joan permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:32 pm

    Little Drummer Boy!! Happy Holidays!!

  369. kat :) permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:38 pm

    love that the two winners both sacrifice sleep!
    anyways, my favorite holiday song is silent night, love love love it. i used to play it on the piano when i was little. i also LOVE the nutcracker soundtrack 🙂

  370. Amber Izzo permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:43 pm

    My favorite Christmas song is “The Carol of the Bells” by Trans Siberian Orchestra. It gets me pumped everytime I hear it on the CD or radio.

  371. Kristin permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:46 pm

    I’m definitely not a traditional Christmas music fan – I like my music a little more upbeat so my favorites are All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey (pretty much the only Mariah Carey song I like). Also, Glee’s version of Last Christmas and Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bruce Springsteen.

  372. Debb permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:49 pm

    Tell us your favorite holiday song: Welcome Christmas from the Excelsis Dark Noel CD! (The song is originally from The Grinch who stole Christmas I believe)

  373. Stephanie S. permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:52 pm

    LOVE Christmas music…I think my favorite is the Charlie Brown Christmas music. My kids are totally obsessed with the Mr. Grinch song this year though. P.S. My birthday is tomorrow. : )

  374. Jalayne permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:52 pm

    This is a hard one for me because I love every Christmas song. I would have to say the one I like best is I’ll be Home for Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!

  375. Heather permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:53 pm

    Merry Christmas, Moms! My favorite song is “The Christmas Song” by the Carpenters. I have loved it since I was a little girl. Runner up is “Tennessee Christmas” by Amy Grant.

  376. realrellim permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:55 pm

    Does it have to be a recorded song? If not, my fav is “O Come All Ye Faithful” sung at church each Christmas Eve, preferably with a large congregation and good organ accompaniment.

    Otherwise, it’s a tie between three songs. I love “Colorado Christmas” by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, not least because my oldest was born 10 days before Christmas and then spent a week in the NICU. She made it home before Christmas and that Christmas is still the reason that the lyrics “the closest thing to heaven on this planet anywhere / is a quiet Christmas morning in the Colorado snow” can still bring me to tears–perhaps more than usual this year because my 9-month-old will be celebrating her first Christmas here too. We spend every other Christmas in upstate New York with my husband’s family, so it’s very special to be at home in Colorado for Christmas.

    Connie Francis’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with the lyrics “through the years we all will be together, if the fates allow” always reminds me of celebrating holidays with relatives who have since passed on.

    And there’s Ella Fitzgerald’s “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” which reminds me of how my husband and I got together 15 years ago. We’d had one of those “are we friends or more than friends” long-distance relationships, so I finally decided to bite the bullet, visit him in person over the holidays and figure out whether we should be a couple or not. It seemed like be there when the ball dropped and everyone hugged and kissed might clarify things, and if not, I’d just ask him straight out. As it turns out, he brought it up when I arrived on the 30th, so we were “officially” a couple by New Year’s Eve.

    • realrellim permalink
      December 22, 2010 1:57 pm

      Oops, one sentence in the last paragraph should have read “It seemed like being there when the ball dropped and everyone hugged and kissed might clarify things, and if not, I’d just ask him straight out.” I blame all typos on the baby in my lap! 😉

  377. Andrea permalink
    December 22, 2010 1:56 pm

    My favourite traditional one is Do You Hear What I Hear –
    My favourite non-traditional song is Fairytale of New York, by the Pogues…. that gets me jumping and motivated very quickly!

  378. Laura Faiszt permalink
    December 22, 2010 2:00 pm

    I love Up on the Rooftop and It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. I also love all on the Glee Christmas album

  379. Debra permalink
    December 22, 2010 2:01 pm

    The song that just popped into my head when I read your post was “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. It happens to be one of my favorites but it really resonated with today’s run. My running partner and I almost didn’t get to finish our last scheduled 20 miler because the wind was so bad. For the first time we were actually getting colder the longer we ran. Glad I decided not to leave my coat behind. We did finish and had another first time event…my coat and pants were totally frozen. My whole front covered with a sheet of ice so much that I crunched with every move. We were laughing so hard the last three miles flew by. Thank goodness since my Acclerade had turned to slush and my bottle tops were frozen shut.

  380. Rebecca permalink
    December 22, 2010 2:02 pm

    George michael’s Last Christmas I gave you my heart… I admit this somewhat sheepishly!

  381. December 22, 2010 2:05 pm

    I absolutely, without a doubt, love, Love, LOVE “Unspeakable Joy” by Chris Tomlin.
    Other faves are Away in a Manger & O Come All Ye Faithful.

  382. Lynnette W. permalink
    December 22, 2010 2:05 pm

    I love “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” – the reason for the season!

  383. Staci Bush permalink
    December 22, 2010 2:14 pm

    Carol of the Bells. I love all of them!

  384. December 22, 2010 2:16 pm

    My favorite christmas song right now is “His Favorite Christmas Story” by Capital Lights. I heard it a few days ago on the radio, and now I have the song on repeat on my computer.

  385. Melissa Davis permalink
    December 22, 2010 2:16 pm

    White Christmas! It’s a classic for a reason and I love it.

  386. December 22, 2010 2:21 pm

    Feliz Navidad – I don’t speak Spanish but I always feel bilingual when that song comes on. Plus I love that my 3 yr old knows all the words.

  387. Kimberly K permalink
    December 22, 2010 2:23 pm

    Away in the Manager … that’s my fav!

    Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  388. Katie permalink
    December 22, 2010 2:23 pm

    Oh, Holy Night and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

  389. December 22, 2010 2:32 pm

    My favorite Christmas song is, “O Holy Night” I don’t care who sings it…it is beautiful every time I hear it!

  390. December 22, 2010 2:35 pm

    White Christmas and Baby it’s cold outside.

  391. Linda Smith permalink
    December 22, 2010 2:37 pm

    Tough to name just one because I love so many. Faith Hill: “Where are you, Christmas?”

  392. December 22, 2010 2:38 pm

    I’ve always loved “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with Zooey Deschanel from the Elf Soundtrack. But now I’m loving the Glee version! Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas” is another favorite.

  393. December 22, 2010 2:47 pm

    I have a bunch of faves but one that stands out for me is “Hark Hear the Bells” – so beautiful!

  394. Kara permalink
    December 22, 2010 2:53 pm

    I LOVE the instrumental from Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas!!

  395. Belinda permalink
    December 22, 2010 2:56 pm

    Vince Gauraldi’s “Christmas Time is Here” is my favorite Christmas song.

  396. Rosemary permalink
    December 22, 2010 2:58 pm

    I’ll Be Home For Christmas….so beautiful and poignant. Also, the Little Drummer Boy as sung by David Bowie and Bing Crosby — what an odd pairing, but the result was stunning.

  397. December 22, 2010 2:59 pm

    I love Sting’ s version of Gabriel ‘s Song.

  398. Anne permalink
    December 22, 2010 2:59 pm

    The Christmas Song…sung by Nat King Cole. So classic!

  399. Lauren permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:06 pm

    As a kid, my fav was always Little Drummer Boy (I loved the ra-pum-pum-pum-pum part). And now, I guess, it reminds me a little of my own Little Drummer Boy that is my 15-month-old, who loves to drum!

  400. Kate permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:13 pm

    “Silent Night”. I am not at all religious (a lapsed Catholic), but the beauty and serene qualities of this song (and yes, the memories of signing this at midnight mass on Christmas Eve) brings me such joy. Happy Holidays to all the RLAMers!

  401. Kyllie permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:14 pm

    I love Christmas songs, so many favorites! All I want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey always makes me want to get up and dance, and I love to just sit and listen to O Holy Night.

  402. Michelle Perry permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:26 pm

    Oh Holy Night as sung by the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir. I am moved to tears every time I hear this performed by these beautiful, talented young ladies.

  403. December 22, 2010 3:30 pm

    reverting back to my inner middle-school girl, my favorite “belt it as loud as you can” Christmas song has to be All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey. To my delight, it tops the seasons list of “most over played Christmas tunes” every year.

  404. Jennifer permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:39 pm

    “drummer boy” and “we three kings”

  405. December 22, 2010 3:44 pm

    I am pretty much “christmas’ed out” after two spin classes of JUST christmas music, but if I had to pick… Drummer Boy!

  406. Beth permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:45 pm

    Mine is “Mary Did You Know”, which I had not heard before I was a mother. It gives me goosebumps everytime.

  407. Kerry Lively permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:50 pm

    In honor of my Dad who turned me on to the Kingston Trio shortly after I was born, I would say one of my all time favorites is “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” by the Kingston Trio, from their “The Last Month Of The Year” album, circa 1960.

  408. Annie Powell permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:55 pm

    Josh Groban’s “O Holy Night.” Makes me smile and bawl at the same time every time he hits he high note! It’s actually in my running mix (the cool-down portion) for the holidays!

  409. Amy K. permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:57 pm

    The one I crank up in my car after I’ve deposited the kids in their various locations is Christmas for Cowboys sung by John Denver . . . I love it for the line “of all of the good gifts that are given today, ours is the sky and the wide open range . . . ” Come to think of it, that’s why I love running too . . for the sky and the wide open range.

  410. December 22, 2010 4:05 pm

    “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee

  411. Laurie A. permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:05 pm

    Lifetime favorite is The Little Drummer Boy. Adult favorites, Baby It’s Cold Outside (any version really, but fell in love with it in Elf). And any of the Christmas songs from Aaron Nevill’s album, although his version of Ave Maria takes my breath away.

    Merry Christmas to everyone! And Many Good Runs in the future!

  412. Angela permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:09 pm

    It’s impossible to choose just one favorite, however today I am singing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah – I just finished my last day in 2010 with my 26 adorable first graders! PS – Thanks for the 12K’s! Great idea and great prizes.

  413. Bretta Hayes permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:15 pm

    My kids love Feliz Navidad … we rock out to it in the car …. at least for now it’s my favorite. Thanks!

  414. Cindy f permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:20 pm

    Jingle bells. I like the words “Dashing through the snow…”. I picture my self running through snow while it is snowing. I just love the snow and wish it would snow, all we have had is rain:(. Happy Holidays.

  415. Molly permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:25 pm

    My favorite Christmas song today is Christmas Must be Tonight by Hall & Oates.

  416. Amanda permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:26 pm

    carol of the bells, preferably the Trans Siberian Orchestra version

  417. Czarina permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:28 pm

    My favorite is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You”!

  418. Marnie permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:32 pm

    My favorite Christmas song is Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney.

  419. Kami permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:38 pm

    My favorite song at Christmas in “The Twelve Pains of Christmas”. We can all relate- cracks me up every time- “rigging up the lights, why are the blinking??”, my husband and I have sooo been there, also “Sending Christmas cards- who are these people anyway?”.

    On a serious note, I love Joy to the World. Reminds me of the true meaning of Christmas, not the commercial holiday we have made it. My sons preschool class just sang it at his concert, cried through the entire thing.

  420. December 22, 2010 4:41 pm

    I love anything by Josh Groban, but my favorite is him singing O Holy Night!

  421. Christine permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:50 pm

    Can I have 2? “joy to the world” and “o holy night”, they really give me the holiday magic feeling!

  422. S. Hunt permalink
    December 22, 2010 4:56 pm

    Oooh, pick me!

    I would have to say my favorite song would have to be… Oh, Holy Night sung in my native language. 🙂

    Here is a link…

  423. December 22, 2010 4:57 pm

    Tough to choose, but right now I am loving Straight No Chaser’s 12 Days of a Christmas. For a more traditional song, I really really like Little Drummer Boy by just about anyone. Merry Christmas!

  424. Robin permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:09 pm

    I saw Mama kissing Santa Clause….
    Love that song always makes me smile!

  425. David Vong permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:10 pm

    Lady Antebellum-Silver Bells=

  426. Patty permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:10 pm

    “The Christmas Shoes!” Makes me cry every single time!

  427. Kate Burch permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:11 pm

    I heard one on the radio today called “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”, that just may be my new fav!!!

  428. Carolyn permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:11 pm

    It’s a toss up between In the Bleak Midwinter, and Lo’ How a Rose Er Blooming.

  429. Paula permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:11 pm

    My favorite Christmas song is Happy Holidays by Steve Lawrence and Edie Gourmet. It was on a Christmas album from the A&P ( a grocery store) that my parents had when I was growing up. My sister and I would each take a part and sing away! When we were older, we even sang it on my parents’ answering machine during the holidays! That song holds a lot of fond memories for me.

  430. Cassie permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:13 pm

    O Holy Night and Silent Night would be my all time favourites but I love just about all Christmas carols and love listening to them all day long during the month of December!

  431. Maureen Duke permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:14 pm

    My favorite song would be Santa’s Super Sleigh from the movie About A Boy.

  432. Amanda permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:14 pm

    This Jew loves “O Holy Night” as performed by Trombone Shorty on the one season wonder show, Studio 60. It was a group of displaced musicians from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and the music was so lovely it made me cry. It was a moment of beauty in the aftermath of such utter horror. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slizJQpVOOg (you have to watch a minute or two first)

  433. December 22, 2010 5:14 pm

    lots to pick from but Christmas Song by Dave Matthews is one I like to listen to! Thanks for all the great giveaways.

  434. December 22, 2010 5:15 pm

    My favorite is the Christmas song by Dave Matthews. I just love the way he sings. 🙂

  435. Jasmine permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:15 pm

    Very hard to choose just one but if I have to pick one right now I’d say Silent Night.

  436. Rachel Boldman permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:15 pm

    My favorite song for the holidays is “soul cake.”. I’m not sure who originally sang it but the version of it I am currently listening to is by Sting. It’s about helping needy people at christmas. I sang it in elementary school and it made quite an impression on me. It still makes me cry.

  437. Jennifer permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:17 pm

    “Santa Must Be Polish,” by Bobby Vinton. My dad’s been playing it for me at Christmas for, oh, 38 years.

  438. GottaRun permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:17 pm

    Not a traditional holiday song, but conjures up holiday-ness for me any time of year…”2000 Miles” by the Pretenders.

  439. Janice Miles permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:17 pm

    My favorite holiday song is “This Christmas” by Donnie Hathaway. It has a bit of a romantic feel to it. It’s the only holiday song that I don’t mind hearing year round, I luv it!! 🙂

  440. laura permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:19 pm

    Burl Ives: “Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas”…

  441. December 22, 2010 5:20 pm

    The Little Drummer Boy keeps me happy every year

  442. December 22, 2010 5:20 pm

    My new favorite non-traditional Christmas song is Don’t Shoot Me Santa by The Killer’s. Fave traditional song is The First Noel.

  443. ashlei permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:21 pm

    My favorite christmas song is the Chipmunk Christmas song (Christmas don’t be late). I remember listening to it when I was a little kid, and I still love it!

  444. nikki permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:22 pm

    Aw, c’mon, how can anyone argue against Andy Williams’ “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” as THE BEST Christmas song?? Simply classic! (Or anything by The Carpenters!)

  445. Natalie permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:23 pm

    My favorite is Baby, It’s Cold Outside. It’s kinda sexy.

  446. Brianna Beers permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:23 pm

    Wow that is so strange and unusual!! My favorite holiday song is ALSO Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas!! So cool, but I guess we just have good taste in music!!

    Hapy Holidays!

  447. Steph J permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:24 pm

    My favorite holiday song is “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas”! Just a fun song and the kids love it too! Thanks to SBS and Dimity for the giveaways and all the great advice! Have a great Christmas and New Year!

  448. Jennifer Gerritz permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:24 pm

    I can’t believe I’m going to admit this, but this year, hands down, my favorite song is ‘Must Be Santa’ by Raffi. When my kids get excited and belt out this song to me, it makes me laugh and smile every time! My kids are 3 and 5 and are really enjoying the spirit of Christmas this year.

  449. Stephanie permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:24 pm

    O Holy Night. The lyrics for all four stanzas are beautiful. I never get tired of it!

  450. December 22, 2010 5:25 pm

    Silver Bells. My second grade class performed that song in our holiday program and it’s still one of my favorite childhood memories.

  451. Katrina permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:26 pm

    O holy night. Or anything sung by Bing Crosby!!!

  452. December 22, 2010 5:27 pm

    So, so many songs that put me in the spirit…if I have to choose just one, it’s “Oh Holy Night”. I really love and appreciate the message of the song, however, it will always remind me of attending midnight mass in a small Catholic church in rural Missouri as a child. It never failed that the same person, year after year, attempted the song and always INCREDIBLEY OFF KEY. My siblings and I would get the shakes while stifling the giggles…inevitably eliciting sideways glares from the locals.

    • December 22, 2010 5:40 pm

      My favorite is Do They Know It’s Christmas, by – Band Aid
      It’s makes you think of the less fortunate and reminds you of what Christmas is all about.

  453. Jill mitchell permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:29 pm

    Gotta be “Christmas Carol”!

  454. liz permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:30 pm

    Mary’s Boy Child (the reggae/calypso version). It makes me want to dance!

    But I’m Jewish, so my REAL favorite is Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song. 🙂

  455. Kristin J permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:31 pm

    Beautiful Savior – always the last song sung at my college Christmas program. I love the tradition.

  456. December 22, 2010 5:31 pm

    Winter Wonderland. I don’t know why. Actually I don’t really like it that much. But it’s the one song I can’t get out of my head the entire Holiday season!

  457. Amber H permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:33 pm

    Too many to choose one…I “Mary Did You Know” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

  458. Lisa permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:33 pm

    We have a Dean Martin Christmas CD that just makes me melt. So I”m going with ‘Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland’ by Deano!

  459. Michelle marrero permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:33 pm

    Silent night

  460. December 22, 2010 5:35 pm

    Wow! Lots of comments, and lots of great songs! Like quite a few before, I also love the BNL “God Rest Ye…”
    Harry Connick, Jr’s album is another favorite, but our family’s go-to album for a few years now has been the “Take 6” Christmas album. It’s fantastic – great a capella.
    My daughter has been playing Christmas stuff on the piano every morning since Thanksgiving – hearing her play great renditions of many classics ranks up there, too! And while I type this, I’m being treated (??) to a clarinet and trombone rendition of Jolly Old St. Nick…hmmmm…..might be time to go out for a run!
    Thanks for hosting the 12K’s – super fun!

  461. Heather permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:36 pm

    I’m a Bama girl, so Alabama’s “Christmas in Dixie” is at or near the top of my list!

  462. darcy permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:37 pm

    Without a doubt, Silent Night. It is so beautiful and it never gets on my nerves. There is a version by Faith Hill that gives me goosebumps. Love it!

  463. Elizabeth Wolf permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:38 pm

    “Do they know it’s Christmas” brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. We all need to realize how fortunate we are to have family, friends and health.

  464. Jennifer Rennie permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:38 pm

    There is just something special about Away In A Manger. Merry Christmas!

  465. December 22, 2010 5:40 pm

    I just added Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas” to my running playlist. I’m considering leaving it year round 🙂

  466. December 22, 2010 5:40 pm

    Rockin’ around the christmas tree by Brenda Lee. I am her namesake afterall.

  467. Karen permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:40 pm

    Definitely Happy Christmas by John Lennon

  468. Pilar permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:40 pm

    Jingle Bell Rock, hands down. It was the first Christmas carol my 7 year old learned as a toddler and he was REALLY into this song. So much so that when he was three and his preschool class’ fish died, during the “service” when asked if he wanted to say something about the fish he insisted on leading the group in a rousing rendition of Jingle Bell Rock. It was summertime. Pricless

  469. December 22, 2010 5:41 pm

    My fave- by Transiberrian Orchestra, A Mad Russian’s Christmas… enjoy!!!

  470. December 22, 2010 5:42 pm

    My favorite is Do They Know It’s Christmas by Band Aid.
    It make you think of the less fortunate and reminds you what Christmas is all about.

  471. Sam permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:44 pm

    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan. And almost any version of O Holy Night. The ‘fall on my knees’ line gets me every time.

  472. December 22, 2010 5:44 pm

    Christmas Canon by Trans-Siberian Orchestra for sure. It combines wedding music and Christmas for a super uplifting song. It’s like a double dose of love and happiness. You can’t get any better than that!

  473. Darci Knowles permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:46 pm

    I’m not a Mariah Carey fan except for her version of “All I Want for Christmas is You” Makes me want to dance around. I even have it on my ipod for running during the holiday season!

  474. lea nyseth permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:48 pm

    It has to be “I saw mommy kissing santa claus!” Brings back sweet memories of being a lil girl and my dad dressing upas Santa and he thought I didn’t know it was him! 🙂

  475. December 22, 2010 5:51 pm

    Away in the manger

  476. Amy Ann permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:53 pm

    My favorite Christmas song is my brother’s version of “Jingle Bell Rock” which involves considerably more swearing than the original 🙂

  477. Amy permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:53 pm

    Ok honestly my favorite Christmas song is “the muppets 12 days of Christmas”
    No matter what, that song always cracks me up. The part with Beaker and his “meep meep’s” is so cute and funny.

  478. Katie permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:53 pm

    My new favorite is “Oh Come Emmanuel” by Enya but still love “Oh Holy Night” by Aaron Neville.

  479. Beth Barrese permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:53 pm

    It has to be “I’ll be home for Christmas”…I have now lived AWAY from my Mom and siblings as long as I lived WITH them. We stay connected, of course, but it’s nothing like being together for the holidays. Now, the next generation gets to share in the traditions I had as a kid.

  480. December 22, 2010 5:54 pm

    All I Want for Christmas is You is my #1 favorite holiday song and while nothing is better than Mariah (in the case of this song only, normally she causes a huge case of PTSD from my viewing of Glitter), this year I discovered the version of the song by the Puccini Sisters which is like that song, minus Mariah and plus Boardwalk Empire, which is perfection.

  481. Liz Cogswell permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:55 pm

    My favorite Christmas song – pretty much any version of “Baby it’s cold outside”. This year, I’m loving the Glee version, but another fav is the James Taylor/Natalie Cole duet.

  482. Misty Coleman permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:55 pm

    O holy night by Josh Grobin gives me chills every time!

  483. Jen permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:56 pm

    Definitely “O Come All Ye Faithful” in any version. A close runner up is “Mad Russian Christmas” by Trans Siberian Orchestra.

  484. Julie Weidner permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:57 pm

    I live Jingle Bell Rock! What a cool watch!!!

  485. Heather Bennett-Spurck permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:57 pm

    Fav. song, is Sufjan Steven’s version of The Friendly Beasts. Amazing. 🙂

  486. Karen Bjorge permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:58 pm

    My favorite holiday music is the entire soundtrack to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. Whenever I hear the song “Christmas is Coming” I want to dance like Snoopy 🙂

  487. Jenn Boom permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:59 pm

    My favorite holiday song is jingle bells sung by my 5yr old and 8 yr old. Anything really sung by my kids. Priceless…

  488. TinaM permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:01 pm

    “O Holy Night” gives me chills when it’s sung well but I also love the BareNaked Ladies version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” !

  489. Julia permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:01 pm

    Mary Did You Know or Carol of the Bells, even narrowing it down to those two is difficult!

  490. Melissa V permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:01 pm

    Kelly Clarkson’s O Holy Night – Its so beautifully done. The entire first verse is acapella. Its just Kelly and that big ole voice..so powerful and controlled. The chorus joins in later, which adds another dimension to the song….the Holy dimension! It will make the hair on the back of your neck stand at attention! To me, this song captures the true meaning of Christmas. I just love it!!!

  491. Janice S permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:02 pm

    Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant—-can’t get enough of it! This year, Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas” is giving it a run for its money, though!

  492. Nicole permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:04 pm

    Silent night hands down…I have loved it since I was little girl:)

  493. Linda Nguyen permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:04 pm

    Love the song “Emmanuel” by Amy Grant

  494. Lindsey permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:06 pm

    Harry Connick Jr.’s (It Must’ve Been Ol’) Santa Claus is my favorite…Happy Ho Ho Ho to You!

  495. Vicky permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:09 pm

    Sleigh Ride is my favorite. As soon as I hear it the Christmas Season has begun!

  496. Rhonda permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:10 pm

    O Holy Night. It’s what Christmas is all about. Of course, I am a sucker for Adam Sandler’s Chanukah songs, too!

  497. barbara permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:11 pm

    OK, I have two:
    1.) Reverent, reason-for-the-season’ish: O Come O Come Immanuel. Gives me shivers.
    2.) Fun and irreverent: Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses! “A&P has provided me with the world’s smallest turkey, already in the oven, nice & hot….”

    Great giveway – fun series!

  498. Jen permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:11 pm

    Nat King Cole, O holy Night.

  499. Amy permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:14 pm

    Go Tell it on the Mountain – Garth Brooks (yes, Garth Brooks) does a great version on his “Beyond the Season” CD.

  500. Christine permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:15 pm

    “Santa Clause is Coming to Town” – my 4& 5 yrs old say “you better be good, for goodness steak”. 🙂

  501. December 22, 2010 6:16 pm

    “Oh Holy Night” but ONLY when it is sung well. And there is a lady at my church who, I promise you, this song was written for. She knocks it out of the park every Christmas Eve and has reuined me for almost anyone else!

    But, for fun, I also am rockin the Glee Christmas album this year! Love it!!

  502. kim permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:16 pm

    Favorite favorite holiday song is, “Mary, Did You Know?” This song captures the true meaning of Christmas.

  503. Michelle permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:17 pm

    ‘O Come all Ye Faithful’ hands down. I can hum it quietly with a smile in a consumer swarmed store, even when waiting with tired, cranky kids, and still feel peace remembering what we are really celebrating this season.

  504. Julie permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:17 pm

    Right now I am loving Harry Connick Jr.’s Frosty the Snowman. Has an awesome jazzy beat, and happens to be a favorite on my running playlist during the Christmas season. If it doesn’t get you running in cold weather, nothing will!

  505. Marisa permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:20 pm

    Sleigh Ride, the Ella Fitzgerald version!

  506. Desiree permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:22 pm

    My new favorite holiday song is an all-time Christmas classic set to the tune of a great song from my generation. The 12 Days of Christmas, sung by the acapella group Straight No Chaser, is set to the tune of Toto’s hit, Africa. If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s sure to be a favorite of yours soon. Check it out online.

  507. Jennifer permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:22 pm

    Silent night. It’s the second to last song during midnight mass. The lights are turned down and it is beautiful. (The last song is upbeat and loud to wake everyone for the drive home.)

  508. Lori permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:25 pm

    I can actually hear the ‘clunk’ sound of the 8-track player as it changes songs to ……
    The BEST. CHRISTMAS. SONG. EVAH…..
    Ray Conniff – “Sleigh Ride”
    😀

  509. December 22, 2010 6:30 pm

    Go Tell It On The Mountain. When my 5 and 3 year old children sing it.

  510. JillC permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:34 pm

    Barenaked Ladies Holiday album “Barenaked for the Holidays” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is the best!!! Happy Holidays!!!

  511. Stephanie clark permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:34 pm

    Silent night is my fav (partly because that’s what I crave). Ps. I REALLY REALLY want the 110. I’ve been a good girl. I promise!!!!

  512. Donna permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:35 pm

    John Lennon – Happy Christmas (War is Over)! Just love it!!

  513. Cathleen permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:37 pm

    No question – O Holy Night. I have so many different versions it’s scary. My 4 year old’s favorite is Joy to the World, which I’ve never liked until I heard her belt it enthusiastically in the car. It’s actually on my running playlist right now.

  514. Donna M permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:37 pm

    John Lennon – Happy Christmas (War is Over) Just love this one!!!

    • Donna M permalink
      December 22, 2010 6:39 pm

      Sorry posted twice :/

  515. Jackie permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:45 pm

    Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer always brings me back to my childhood and it makes me laugh!

  516. Jill D permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:48 pm

    “Santa Baby” b/c it’s kinda saucy and hot, like me LOL

  517. Jolene Cannady permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:49 pm

    Definitely The Waitresses “Christmas Wrapping” and Band Aids “Do They Know It’s Christmas”!!!! Hope I win this round!! What an awesome prize!! I am crossing fingers and toes.

  518. December 22, 2010 6:49 pm

    “Hard Candy Christmas” by Dolly Parton. It’s kinda cheesy, but she just has such a sweet voice. I love it!

  519. Heidi permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:49 pm

    O Holy Night. I think it is definitely the song that truly stops me when I get in my hustle and bustle of this season and just nudges me with that gentle reminder as to what this season is truly about. And makes me truly thankful for everything I am so blessed with!

  520. Rene Whiteley permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:50 pm

    “All I want for Christmas” I loved the movie “love actually” and this was kind of the theme song…i smile every time I hear that song.

  521. Courtney permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:50 pm

    it’s a tie between Otis Redding’s White Christmas, and my mom playing Silver Bells on the piano.

  522. Kari H. permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:55 pm

    ‘I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas’. Even before babies I thought this was the cutest song! Now that I have a nearly 5 year old, I totally get it! He changes his mind everyother day about what he wants!
    My favorite lyrics to a Christmas song are: ‘So really I’d better scurry – Beautiful, please don’t hurry. Well maybe just a half a drink more – Put some music on while I pour’……..easy not to scurry to bed and have another cocktail with my hubby on these cold MN nights!

  523. Rachel permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:55 pm

    It’s gotta be silent night – a classic and my favorite! Especially on Christmas eve with the lights out and everyone holding candles. Makes me tear up every time!

  524. Jill permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:56 pm

    With a three year old this year, it’s definitely “Here Comes Santa Clause”

  525. Sean permalink
    December 22, 2010 6:58 pm

    ‘Zat You Santa Claus by Louis Armstrong & The Commanders!

  526. Amy Alderink permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:00 pm

    12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS. From the age of 5, my family of 7 loaded into our conversion and took road trips from Michigan to Colorado for our annual ski vacation. This was in the age before high speed lifts so we spent a lot of time on chairlifts. We would occupy the time singing the “12 Days of Christmas” and making up our own skiing-related versions – 5 face plants, 4 abominable snowmen, etc..Now, I make a long Christmas run a even more fun by making up running-related 12 Days of Christmas (I do not run with any tunes…well…except my own).

  527. Amy G permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:03 pm

    My favorite Christmas song is ‘O Holy Night’. I get chills every time I hear it and it makes me aware what Christmas is really about.

  528. Csaf permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:03 pm

    Hands down, my favorite holiday song is Feliz Navidad!

  529. Amy Cifelli permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:03 pm

    Agree that it depends on my mood .. on Christmas Day, my very favorite Christmas carol to sing in church is “Joy to the World”! It’s just the spirit of the day, to me.

    Bono’s line in “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” gets me every time too. And, this season, “Where Are You Christmas?” Faith Hill has hit home to me for where I am this holiday season. Grooveshark has been a Godsend this year .. I set up my all time favorites playlist and listen with my kids while we bake or decorate .. can’t help but feel in the Christmas spirit while dancing around the kitchen with my kiddos 🙂

    Happy Holidays Everyone!

  530. December 22, 2010 7:03 pm

    My most beLOVED song is Bebo Norman’s “Christmas Time is Here!”

  531. Nancy scott permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:08 pm

    Mary, Did You Know. It makes me wonder what Mary thought looking at her newborn son, and it makes me wonder what amazing things my two young kids will do with their lives.

  532. Christine permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:08 pm

    I must admit my Christmas does not begin for me until I hear Welcome Christmas off the Grinch Who Stole Christmas soundtrack! In todays day when Christmas has been so commercialized it warms my heart to hear that song and remind myself that Christmas comes without ribbons, it comes without tags, it comes without packages, boxes or bags! Christmas doesn’t come from a store, Christmas means a little bit more!!!! Merry Christmas everyone!

  533. Christy H permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:13 pm

    Silent Night by Josh Groban – incredibly peaceful and soul filling!!l

  534. Laurel Kelly permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:19 pm

    Being Jewish, we didn’t really listen to many holiday songs…..however, when Adam Sandler came out with his great Chanukah Song…I sing and laugh with it every year!

  535. Alison Price permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:21 pm

    My favorite song has been the same since I was 8 and in church past bedtime with a candle in my hands……..Silent Night.

  536. Katie C. permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:23 pm

    Who can pick just one? Anything by Bing, but specifically White Christmas…though Mele Kelekimaka is super fun to sing along to, as well. God Rest Ye Merry Gentelmen/We Three Kings by BNL & Sarah McLachlan. O Come O Come Emmanuel (any version). See? You really can’t have just ONE favorite! And now Mele Kelekimaka is stuck in my head…

  537. Colette permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:23 pm

    My favorite Christmas song this year is “How Many Kings?” Its a great reminder to me and has a wonderful tune:)

  538. Ann-Marie McNamara permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:24 pm

    My favorite song by far is “Christmastime is Here” by the tenor Carl Tanner in his CD “Hear the Angel Voices”. It is very meaningful for me because he sung it at a concert I attended THE DAY THE ADOPTION FOR MY SON WENT THROUGH IN GUATEMALA! To me it meant that Christmastime really was here because I was getting my son after 7 years of infertility. Two weeks after that date, Guatemala closed their doors for adoption and I was so close to not getting my son. My son was born with a cleft lip and palate and was waiting to come to the US to be adopted so he could have surgery.

  539. December 22, 2010 7:25 pm

    My favorite song is O Holy Night. I know this is an old one, but I will be singing along just fine, enjoying the music when the tune changes and the line “Fallllll on your kneeeeeesss” makes my soul feel like it is kneeling, too….This song brings such emotion and reminds me of the “why” of Christmas.

  540. Lynette White permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:25 pm

    My fav song is “Baby It’s Cold Outside” It’s been playing in my nano since the beginning of December and I sing along to it on my runs without a care of who hears me!! 🙂

  541. Becky permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:28 pm

    Jolly Holiday by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Many fond memories tied to this song.

  542. KathyinMN permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:30 pm

    For some reason my Christmas song this year is ~I need a little Christmas~right this very minute. I think its fitting since my aunt just died last week and between usual family Christmas icky stuff and funeral stuff on top of it (and a horrendous amount of Christmas cookies) I have the blues. Everytime I hear this song this year it just hits me. I need a little Christmas!

  543. MaryAZ permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:34 pm

    Anything my 2 boys sing & especially when they mess up the words!

  544. Caren permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:37 pm

    My favorite is when my son dresses up in his little latke outfit and sings “I had a little dreidel”!

  545. December 22, 2010 7:43 pm

    Living in AZ, my only choice would be “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”! LOL! Thanks for the chance!

  546. bethann mclaughlin permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:44 pm

    Gotta go Drunk on Christmas by Jimmy Fallon and John Rich. Instant classic and so touching.

    http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/drunk-on-christmas-with-john-rich-12-16-10/1265633

  547. Stephanie Pelzek permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:45 pm

    It’s hard to pick but I have to say “Christmas Time is Here” (Vince Guaraldi Trio)

  548. Silvia Lynch permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:46 pm

    It has to be “Twelve Days od Christmas” on the first day of Christmas my TRUE LOVE gave to me… I am a Colombian born, and near heard of the song until The 1st Christmas my at the time future husband 2002 (even though neither of us knew it) sang the song to my two little ones (Sebastian and Sarah, 4&3 at the time) anyway, to make the story short, that was an unexpected Christmas, I was recently divorced and alone (yes, with two beautiful kids, but alone) that song and my “friend” singing to my children…. Made it very special.

  549. Lori permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:48 pm

    Right now it is ‘”Christmas Offering” by Casting Crowns. “Baby It’s cold outside” also a favorite.

  550. Calleen permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:48 pm

    I love them all too…but one of my favorites is O Holy Night.

  551. Joy permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:49 pm

    I hate to say it, but it’s not the obvious one. 🙂 I can’t tell you how many times people have sung Joy to the World to me over the years. I actually loved it as a child because it was always the last song during Christmas mass and then my siblings and I knew mass was over and we could go home and open presents!
    My favorite is Oh Holy Night. It gets me every time.

  552. Amy Acheson permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:51 pm

    Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson “Winter Song”

  553. December 22, 2010 7:51 pm

    O Holy Night. Every time I hear it I get chills. And sometimes I have to listen to it in the dead heat of summer.

  554. December 22, 2010 7:56 pm

    I love all Christmas songs, but right now I love God Rest Ye Merry Gentelmen, performed by The BareNaked Laddies and Sara Mclaughlin.

  555. Leslie Beckwith permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:58 pm

    It’s hard for me to pick one favorite. So I’d have to say my favorite is whichever one I hear being sung by Andy Williams. I had two of his Christmas records as a kid and listened to them over and over for weeks before Christmas. It just brings back one of those good childhood memories.

  556. Jennifer Keller permalink
    December 22, 2010 7:59 pm

    I have always loved Away In A Manger. It not only was my favorite song to play on the piano when I took piano lessons as a little girl but it tells the story of Jesus and His birth. When I hear the song it brings back that childhood memory.

  557. C Freeman permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:03 pm

    Mary Did You Know — almost every version. I listen in awe.

  558. December 22, 2010 8:09 pm

    Oh Holy Night by Josh Grobin is my absolute favorite. But I also have been loving dancing around the living room to Jingle Bells and Frosty w/my 2-yr-old this year! Happy Holidays everyone! 🙂

  559. eleonor permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:18 pm

    When my oldest son was really little and he would sing in his preschool Christmas program, I was so touched when I heard him sing “Away in a Manger” that it has become my favorite Christmas song. Listening him sing about baby Jesus as a 3-year-old brought tears to my eyes. He is now 14 and I still love hearing him sing the song.

  560. December 22, 2010 8:22 pm

    Father Christmas by the Kinks!
    BEST CHRISTMAS SONG EVER!

  561. Laura permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:29 pm

    Well, we just got a piano yesterday and the only Christmas song I remember how to play ) It’s only been over 20 years! ) is “The Little Drummer Boy”. I’ve always liked that song.

  562. Chris V permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:30 pm

    It’s so hard to pick just one, but I find myself turning up the David Bowie/Bing Crosby “Little Drummer Boy” when it comes on.

  563. Susan permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:32 pm

    Not sure what the name is but it goes “Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat; please (to) put a penny in the old man’s hat; if you haven’t got a penny, a haypenny will do, if you haven’t got a haypenny then God bless you!” Preferably sung by Miss Piggy.

  564. Jill Weiland permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:33 pm

    Hands down it’s “Christmas Cannon” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra!! I could listen to it on repeat over and over. I also have the Glee sound track going in the Odyssey!

  565. Stacey permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:35 pm

    I like 6 white boomers! I have been living down under for the past 3 years and I’m loving a summer Christmas!!!

  566. kellie permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:36 pm

    ‘hark the harold angels sing, glory to the new born king….” from the charlie brown christmas….love!!!

  567. Heather permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:39 pm

    Silent night. We sing it by candlelight at church and nothing makes Christmas feel more real to me than that moment of thankfulness.

  568. Jamie permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:40 pm

    Jingle Bells is my favorite as I am fully enjoying the various renditions my children have been singing! Oh to be a kid again!

  569. danielle permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:46 pm

    This sounds horrible but there is a song that John Denver sang and was on his Rocky Mountain Christmas album called Please Daddy don’t Get Drunk This Christmas…it’s actually really up beat and I just remember thinking it was the funniest song ever as a kid. A close second is The Hawaiian Christmas Song by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters.

  570. December 22, 2010 8:51 pm

    The First Noel. I was born on Christmas Eve 🙂 My middle name is Noelle…close enough right?

  571. Jen L. permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:56 pm

    Angels We Have Heard on High by Neil Diamond I listen to it on repeat and NEVER get sick of it.

  572. Rebecca permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:00 pm

    I love any version of “O Holy Night.”
    I also look forward to hearing Chris Cornell’s version of “Ave Maria” every year!

  573. Cindy from the north permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:10 pm

    Oh Holy Night – one of my favorite versions is by Aaron Neville. Takes me back to being a 10 year old Girl Guide carolling at a hospital, where we tried every year to sing it, even though only one girl out of the whole group could hit all the high notes.

  574. December 22, 2010 9:12 pm

    How to choose. Probably my favorite classic is Gloria in Excelsis Deo. A newer one that gets me every time is “Christmas in Heaven”, by Sarah Schieber – her husband died during their run in the Chicago Marathon in 2007?9? and this song is about asking the loved one what it’s like in heaven. Yea, I love it. She’s used her leap into singing to show one can move on from tragedy. She’s succeeded. Right ON!

  575. December 22, 2010 9:14 pm

    I think Jingle Bells for all the lamest reasons. Like it is easy to sing, easy to sing in around, and I never forget the words!! The First Noel always makes me tingle too.

  576. christine permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:27 pm

    Anything on the Pink Martini Christmas CD…….that will keep me in the Christmas spirit no matter how much I have left to do.

  577. December 22, 2010 9:51 pm

    I have a few favorites, for sure! I love O’ Holy Night. And The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. But one of my very, very favorites? It’s the whole album of Kenny & Dolly’s Christmas. Yes, that’s right. Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton 🙂 My mom played it when I was little and I know every single word and it’s definitely my all time favorite!

  578. Kristi O. permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:55 pm

    Christmas Canon is my favorite Christmas song. 🙂

  579. Kari Powers permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:56 pm

    My favorite Christmas sing for the last year or so has been Silent Night. Here’s the backstory. My 5 year old always insists on a song at bedtime. One night I was going through the usual playlist I know and decided to sing SIlent Night even though it was long after Christmas. From that night on she has requested that I sing silent night while I scratch her back as she likes longer songs and thus a longer back scratching session (too smart for her own good). Now that Christmas has rolled around, it is fun to hear her get excited when she hears Silent Night come on the radio, or tv at home. I think hearing it will always make me remember those nightly back rubs, even when she has long outgrown them!

  580. Anna permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:57 pm

    I love “rockin around the Christmas tree” every time I hear it, it makes me smile and want to dance.

  581. December 22, 2010 10:14 pm

    Each year is different for me, but this year I like The Nutracker Suite, particularly the Arabian Dance. My 5yo daughter has been dancing to it around the living room just like I used to as a kid!

  582. Emily M. permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:14 pm

    Hark the Herald Angels Sing is my favorite!!!
    Merry Christmas!

  583. Holly S. permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:18 pm

    Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses.

  584. Amy Valencia permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:19 pm

    Oh Come All Ye Faithful is still my favorite. I have very fond memories of singing the song when I was a little girl (6ish) in the church choir. It just resonated with me. I remember my peers getting mad at me with this song because they said I was singing too loud but I just didn’t care:-)

  585. December 22, 2010 10:19 pm

    The Beach Boys Christmas cd!!! We would always listen to this growing up and so I love all the Christmas memories that it brings back when I listen to it now.

  586. Urs Giger permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:20 pm

    The best hollyday-song for me is Feliz Navidad from José Feliciano.

  587. Annette McKee permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:30 pm

    Mary Christmas Mary and Mary Did You Know

  588. Joan permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:35 pm

    My favorite Christmas song is an oldie but one that always reminds me of my mom and dad. Charlie Pride’s Christmas in My Hometown. We play it every Christmas morning while opening presents, a tradition I hope to always keep.

  589. Kelly W. permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:36 pm

    I love the “12 Days of Christmas” sung by John Denver and the Muppets–takes me back to childhood 🙂

  590. Jessica permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:36 pm

    Wizards in winter… Transiberian orchestra version

  591. Sarah K. permalink
    December 22, 2010 10:44 pm

    I love O Holy night and Silent Night…hmm..maybe I’m a little sleep deprived this week!

  592. Meghan B. permalink
    December 22, 2010 11:24 pm

    I’ll Be Home For Christmas!

  593. December 22, 2010 11:43 pm

    I love “Do They Know It’s Christmas Time”. I love when I hear it in the beginning of December and it’s like the kick off to the holiday season. I don’t even celebrate Christmas and it just makes me happy. As would a Garmin 110. 🙂 !!

  594. Angela M W permalink
    December 23, 2010 12:13 am

    “War is Over” by John Lennon or “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt. It’s so sweet to hear my 4 year old sing both!

  595. Gloria permalink
    December 23, 2010 12:13 am

    My favorite song is Blue Christmas by Elvis. As a kid, that whole album was played constantly in my house because it was my mom’s favorite. My brothers and I would sing it with the overempasized Elvis stylings. My mom passed away 6 years ago and the first Christmas without her I bought that CD. It’s a happy memory of my mom that helps me when I miss her the most!

  596. PattiC permalink
    December 23, 2010 12:33 am

    “Silent Night” by Simon & Garfunkle or “This is Christmas” by John Lennon & Yoko Ono and, yes, both of them are on my holiday run list along with some Manheim Steamroller!

  597. Karen permalink
    December 23, 2010 12:45 am

    There are so many songs to chose from but my favorites are the ones we play while decorating the tree each year as a family. I’d have to say Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas takes the cake.

    Merry Christmas running friends!

  598. Tammy Crittenden permalink
    December 23, 2010 2:00 am

    I love any Christmas song, but I guess the one that always gets me in the true spirit of the holiday is “Silent Night” at the Christmas Eve candle light service.

  599. Jill Moody permalink
    December 23, 2010 2:49 am

    “Blue Christmas” by Elvis and “Come Home for Christmas” by Don Henley. The hubby is always deployed to some war zone during the holidays and even though he’s back this year I still like to sing them at the top of my lungs to embarass my children!

  600. joy permalink
    December 23, 2010 3:47 am

    still has to be “grandma got run over by a reindeer”.. the whole family loves to sing this one..

  601. Louise Rothwell permalink
    December 23, 2010 5:28 am

    When I hear band Aid I know Christmas is here and it warms my heart. It brings back all the memories of that year and I have watched that vdea so many times.I never get bored of hearing it.The images of the straving children in Ethiopia still gets me and makes me relaise just how lucky we are even wehn we are having a yukky day.
    Merry Christmas everyone

  602. December 23, 2010 5:45 am

    Mitch Miller’s “Must Be Santa”! Love the big band swing of it!

  603. kristin permalink
    December 23, 2010 6:04 am

    TranSiberian Orchestra’s version of ” Carol of the Bells!” ( what other Christmas song can you “conduct” to??!!) , and, in general, “Oh Holy Night” ( the crescendo of the “fall on your knees and hear the angel voices” gets me every time….)

  604. Maria permalink
    December 23, 2010 6:19 am

    Dominick the Donkey by Lou Monte…growing up a first generation American (parents off the boat from Italy) lots of Italian in our home. Even my kids know all the words:)

  605. Michele permalink
    December 23, 2010 6:42 am

    Favorite is Silent Night…. part of Christmas Eve church service includes everyone singing & holding candles…. best moment of the holiday.

  606. Becca permalink
    December 23, 2010 7:09 am

    My favorite is God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – just because of the Bright Eyes version

  607. Marie Merritt permalink
    December 23, 2010 7:14 am

    Silent Night…..for so many reasons. 1. the true meaning of the song 2. when the kids slept through the night 3. now as a grandmother, time to reflect and give thanks for my many blessings

  608. Kara J permalink
    December 23, 2010 7:28 am

    This year my favorite is Jingle Bells because my 3 year old belts out his version with such glee to my 1 year old and she dances to his song. Cutest thing ever!

  609. Gigi permalink
    December 23, 2010 7:39 am

    I’m a little in love with Straight No Chaser right now (12 Days of Christmas is amazing) much to the consternation of my family.

    oh and PLEASE PICK ME!!!

  610. Amanda G permalink
    December 23, 2010 7:40 am

    I would normally say “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby. My favorite classic movie and song with loveable Bing. But this year, my daughter turned four last week and has learned the joy of “Jingle Bells”, non-stop. Sung in an opera type style, on repeat, again and again and again….. We’ve videod her sitting at Walmart in the shopping cart, Home Depot in the shopping cart, grocery store in the shopping cart, car seat….you get the drift. It’s turned into a classic memory that just warms my heart!

  611. Anna permalink
    December 23, 2010 7:44 am

    Away in a Manger, the one with the tune credited to Martin Luther

  612. melanie pontier permalink
    December 23, 2010 8:00 am

    I have two favorite holiday songs for two different matters of the heart. My first is Silent Night. It always brings me peace during one of the most hectic times of the year. It reminds me to stop and savor the holidays instead of running around (doing errands, not actually running) and stressing about what I forgot to do, still need to do, and/or wish I had time to do. It’s a beautiful song that I only hear during this time of year, but always when I need to hear it most.

    My other favorite holiday song is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. I want to say it’s because I enjoy watching my daughter’s excitement as she listens to it, but I think it’s more than that. What a cool message for kids (and really all of us) that it delivers–just because you’re different than others and may be teased and bullied, doesn’t mean you can’t shine in your own special way.

  613. Lisa Sims permalink
    December 23, 2010 9:56 am

    Jingle Bells! It’s my new favorite because my two year old is learning to sing it. Hearing his version gives me sincere and endless joy.

  614. Angela Giuliani permalink
    December 23, 2010 10:36 am

    My favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night. It always brings tears to my eyes and I think it truly captures the essence of Christmas.

  615. Natasha permalink
    December 23, 2010 12:09 pm

    I love We Wish You a Merry Christmas. I love all forms of it, vocal or instrumental, doesn’t matter. My favorite commercial is the Hersey Kisses commercial that features that song.

  616. Christine Villacarlos permalink
    December 23, 2010 4:11 pm

    I have always loved O Holy Night. It sounds so very very right for the Christmas season.

  617. Lisa permalink
    December 24, 2010 5:20 pm

    Being a child of the 60’s , Little Drummer Boy hands down !!

  618. andi permalink
    December 26, 2010 8:04 am

    I love the song “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by the Barenaked Ladies. If you’ve never heard their version…it is amazing!

  619. sarah permalink
    December 29, 2010 11:21 am

    Christmas Time’s a Comin’ by Sammy Kershaw… is my favorite 🙂

  620. Maria permalink
    January 1, 2011 2:24 pm

    Let is snow!
    It would be great to have a few snowy days.

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