The Ultimate Christmas Playlist

A dancer performs while people receive food during a daily food distribution organized by the non-governmental organization (NGO) Angeles Malaguenos de la noche (Malaga's Angels of the night) on Christmas eve on a street in downtown Malaga, southern Spain, on Dec. 24. (Reuters Photo/Jon Nazca)

By : Nathania J. Hendradjaja | on 3:40 PM December 26, 2016
Category : Opinion, Commentary

The Christmas break is truly a gift, for it brings blissful freedom from everyday work. For the next two weeks, think nothing of the horrid stress and give yourself some time to rest.

Nothing will take you as far away from the late nights and the dread of Monday mornings than the sound of Christmas carols.

Perhaps you think you’ve outgrown carols, or perhaps you’re cynical towards the holiday cheer, but whether you are hanging out at the mall, sitting idly in your car, or browsing through Spotify, you’re bound to come across a Christmas tune, and whether you care to admit it, you will hum that tune. They’re catchy and fun, and their melodies speak to the heart and leave lingering feelings of its festivity.

However, one can’t settle for just any Christmas song. One must have the ultimate holiday playlist.

Ever the Old Soul

When thinking of Christmas, one can’t help but be entranced by the thought of cozying up in their soft, tender-felt couches, with a warm drink in their hands and perhaps a loved one right beside them, to watch Christmas do its magic. The atmosphere, though, would feel incomplete without gentle singing tunes filling the air.

The first song that comes to mind is “The Christmas Song [Merry Christmas To You],” better known as “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire,” by Nat King Cole. Just hearing his smooth, gentle voice will give you the goosebumps, for the mellow feel brings peace to the mind.

Another one to add to the list is “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin. You’ve probably heard Bing Crosby’s ever so popular version and have probably wished it would snow in Jakarta. If only…

Some others include: “It’s beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” by Johnny Mathis, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Frank Sinatra, or “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Kim Gannon.

However, these songs might bring out the blues rather than lift the Christmas spirit inside you. If indeed you feel like so, the ecstasy you need is a dose of Christmas beats.

Christmas Beats

What better way to celebrate the holidays than to dance your worries away. Stretch your limbs and free yourself from the tension.

A familiar tune by the name of “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms will surely get at least a snap from one’s fingers. If not that, then certainly “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano will get your heads bobbing.

These, of course, are popular examples of funky, upbeat songs that one must dance to.

The Present

Christmas is quite the disease, as artists tend to write or cover a Christmas-themed song.

Out of all the songs, claiming the throne on the Billboard Holiday 100 chart is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” No matter how many times you’ve heard it, it doesn’t seem to ever get old. It’s Magic.

Despite the criticisms, pop music can be played anywhere and anytime. They are perfect for those who listen to music just for the sake of tapping their fingers and nodding their heads. It provides a momentary escape from the noise and the busyness of life.

It’s worth to note yet another genre of music: Jazz. Although no one presents Christmas so desirably like the voice of Michael Bublé, nothing beats jazzy instrumental covers of Christmas carols. The silky sound of the saxophone or the syncopated beats to which the trumpets heed will melt the soul away.

Hinting towards, most certainly, Kenny G’s “The Classic Christmas Album.” Just imagining his cover of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” turns the heart to joyful goo, as though reality is a dream from which your mind have transcended to.

A Child at Heart

As the end of the year approaches, one tends to reflect on the past year – through all the years.

A mellow tune might set the mood, but of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong if you prefer the classics, such as “Jingle Bells,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “Santa Claus is Coming To Town” as they allow you to reminisce, and perhaps revisit, the past, childhood Christmas moments.

The Base Line

The significance of a Christmas carol is not encapsulated within the meaning of the words being sung, but it is the feeling that it brings to those who are listening. Whether they provide a peaceful warmth, a dose of joyous happiness, or a blast to the past, these Christmas carols make a festive heart.

Music is an essential part of any celebration, and Christmas is no exception. The right song can create wonders in the heart.

Hope the ultimate Christmas playlist will bring you joy and happiness.

Merry Christmas!

Nathania J. Hendradjaja is a student from Pelita Harapan School

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