My Top 5 Christmas Playlist Staples (List-cember #1)

Greetings friends, family, and December! I come bearing (at least what I consider to be) fun and exciting news! Today marks the official start of List-cember a.k.a a December dedicated to lists.


Quite simply because I have a lot of list-y things to say this month.

Here are the logistics:

Every week on Monday & Thursday (yes, 2 days because I’m a damn adult who planned something more than 12 hours in advanced) I will publish a list-themed post for your reading enjoyment.

And when I say list I mean list. It’s not going to be a bunch of click-baity titles that draw you away from productivity, enticing you with a brief click into organized distraction, only to trick you into looking at a slideshow that takes 4 hours to get through because of all the ads. No, seeing as it is December List-cember and we are all jumping headfirst into the holiday season, I’m not going to lie to you. Mostly because that’s the decent way to live, but also because I’m not about getting coal from the man in red, if you know what I’m saying.

So, seeing as it is the first day of December, thus officially and undeniably marking today as the start of the Christmas season, I think it’s only appropriate for List-cember’s first list to be about Christmas music.

I don’t know about you, but for me Christmas music is kind of an inescapable force during this time of year. It’s on the radio, it keeps you company during hold music and it is responsible for endless (and I mean ENDLESS) whistling. And while I’m sure you already have your favorites, the “classics” that you listen to (by choice or not) each year, allow me to introduce you to my top 5 Christmas Playlist Staples:


5) Christmas Tree – Lady Gaga

So no, this isn’t one of the old timey classics that defines my childhood or anything. This only came out six years ago and the only reason I heard it is because it was on Ellen DeGeneres’ Christmas Album. You can judge all you want, but before you do, click play, then jam, then regret all of your previous judgement, then realize this song has been stuck in your head for 4 weeks and hate me…until next year where you will ultimately lather, rinse and repeat the process.


4) Last Christmas – Wham!

I personally have never had someone re-gift my heart on Christmas, but damn if I haven’t belted this song out while decorating the tree. One year I made direct eye contact with my dog as I was singing and we had this weird moment of telepathy where we agreed to never betray each other. Shortly afterwards I sat down for a while because I was clearly having some hallucinogenic reaction to the fake tree.


3) My Grown Up Christmas List – Kelly Clarkson

This song reminds me of high school and the angsty holiday nights I spent singing music video style into the fogged up windows of my family’s minivan.


2) Dominic the Donkey – Lou Monte

You will never hear a song quite like this one, and you will never stop being conflicted as to why you enjoy it so much.


1) Donde Esta Santa Claus – Augie Rios

There is honestly no song I enjoy hearing more during the holidays than this. freaking. song. I don’t know if it’s because the boy is so precious or because it’s so catchy or because of some other, deeper, undiscovered psychological reason, but I love this damn song so much and I can’t wait to hear it too many times this month.


What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Let me know.

Happy List-cember to you!


10 responses to “My Top 5 Christmas Playlist Staples (List-cember #1)”

  1. Love these – the Gaga one is just EVERYTHING – I remember i had it playing one year and me and my cousin just kept laughing cause it’s so R-rated and the whole family was there. I love anything by the Pentatonix, ‘Up on the Housetop’ by the Jackson 5, Silver Bells by Stevie Wonder, and of course: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by N Sync (CLASSIC). Man, there are so many…

    1. My sister used to work as a pre-k assistant teacher and the head teacher would play this song every year with absolutely no clue that it was dirty! Also, it is now a top priority for me to find the NSYNC Christmas album and relive my youth on repeat.

  2. Laughter in the morning is such a good thing! I must say I haven’t heard of the Dominick the Donkey?!?
    I too am a fan of the whole Pentatnoix CD, Mariah Carey–“Jesus, Oh, what a beautiful child” always gets us going, and of course Faith Hill—“A baby changes everything” is a family favorite. Love you!!

    1. Haha I don’t think many people have heard of old Dominic, which is exactly why I thought it necessary to introduce him to the world! 🙂 Love you too!

  3. I love listening to Christmas music, after Thanksgiving is over! I’m so glad you included the lyrics because I’m not familiar with 2 of them 🙂 I have too many favorites to list-cember!

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