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Holly Jolly Holiday Jams

Do you love Christmas music? Of course you do, you’re not Scrooge McDuck! Well, for a couple years I created mix CDs as gifts. 50 neighbors plus countless teachers received them. They were such a hit that people still tell me that they listen to them every single year! For your listening pleasure, I’ve made a compilation of the jams on my Spotify account (jahmelby). But here’s a list of songs from a past Christmas for you to enjoy!
  1. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas – Harry Connick, Jr.
  2. White Christmas – The Drifters
  3. Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald
  4. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Olivia Olson
  5. Joy To The World – Aretha Franklin
  6. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  7. Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
  8. Christmas Time Is Here – Sarah McLachlan Feat. Diana Krall
  9. The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
  10. O Tannenbaum – Vince Guaraldi Trio
  11. Little Drummer Boy – Jars of Clay
  12. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Ray Charles
  13. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel
  14. Please Come Home For Christmas – Southside Johnny Lyon
  15. (There’s No Place Like) Home For The Holidays – Perry Como
  16. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  17. Winter Wonderland – Peggy Lee
  18. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – Lena Horne
  19. The Nutcracker Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy – Tchaikovsky
  20. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Over The Rhine
  21. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Jars of Clay
  22. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm – Dean Martin
  23. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Eddy Arnold
  24. It’s the Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Andy Williams
  25. Winter Wonderland – Tony Bennett
  26. White Christmas – Otis Redding
But for the record, I’m planning to skip neighbor gifts this year. I know, it feels so naughty! It’s not that I don’t wanna gift the lovely people who live in my neck of the woods. Or because they don’t deserve it. Or even because it’s probably illegal to make mix CDs without buying the rights to every single song. Rather, I’m crossing this task off my to-do list as a personal training session. See, it takes training to say no. To deny busy. To let go of tradition. In an attempt to prove to myself that I can do hard things (like not blessing 50 of my favorite neighborhood friends), I’m skipping this year and maybe all subsequent years. Maybe not. But as for 2019, it’s the thing I’m saying no to. What thing(s) could you take a pass on this year?

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