{31 Days of Playlists} Day 23…Sing We Noel

The heart of the Christmas season always sneaks up on me.  I usually vow not to start listening to Christmas playlists until AFTER Thanksgiving, and this year was no exception.   I have suddenly found myself coming out from under the weight of college finals and two weeks of sickness to the realization we are a few short weeks away from Christmas…and I still haven’t posted my Christmas playlist!

I have to say this is probably one of my favorite Christmas playlists I’ve ever compiled. Though I always listen to holiday tunes this time of year, for the past few years specifically, in memory of my Dad, I have been making yearly Christmas mixes for my loved ones.   While I have included traditional songs, I also wanted to be sensitive to the myriad of feelings the holidays can stir up and share a few lesser known tunes as well.

A few years ago, I lost my Dad before Christmas.   Years ago, my Mother wrestled through chemotherapy and surgeries as the holidays approached.  After encountering more than a few traumatic Yuletide seasons, I began to dread the holidays.  I know what it feels like to feel only numbness at the sound of feel-good-boppy music as you stare down a holiday without the ones you love.  On the other hand, I also know what it feels like to finally discover joy, warmth and the gift of family after so many seasons without it.

I hope these songs speak to the range of emotions and experiences we all feel in this blessed season of miracles and ultimately point us to gift of the manger.   If you are preparing for a season of love and family, may these songs add to your joy.  If you are looking for comfort and peace amongst everyone else’s happy, may these songs in some small way stir up hope in your soul.

May all your hopes and fears be met in Him tonight.

~Sara Groves, “Peace, Peace”

(Kindly scroll down to the songlist below if unable to view the Grooveshark player on your smartphone or ipad device.)

31 Days of Playlists – Songs For Christmas

  1. The Holly and the Ivy – Andrew Peterson
  2. Labor of Love – Jill Phillips & Andrew Peterson
  3. Soul Cake – Sting
  4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman – Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan
  5. Darlin’ Christmas Is Coming – Over the Rhine
  6. Go Tell It On The Mountain – Crystal Lewis
  7. Christmastime Is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio
  8. Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth – Bing Crosby & David Bowie
  9. Mele Kalikimaka – The Puppini Sisters
  10. Peace, Peace – Sara Groves
  11. Boots – The Killers
  12. Winter Song – Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
  13. Last Christmas – The Puppini Sisters
  14. Headed Home – Folk Angel
  15. Christmas For Cowboys – Jars of Clay
  16. River – James Taylor
  17. It Really Is (A Wonderful Life) – The Indigo GIrls
  18. Christmas Kiss – Steven Curtis Chapman
  19. To Be With You – Sara Groves
  20. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Sixpence None the Richer
  21. O Come All Ye Faithful – Justin McRoberts
  22. You Came Down – Jill Phillips & Andy Gullahorn
  23. The First Noel – Jill Phillips
  24. I Am Joseph (God Is With Us) – Steven Curtis Chapman
  25. It’s Beginning To Look Alot Like Christmas – Michael Buble
  26. Goodbye Charles – Over the Rhine
  27. The 12 Days of Christmas – Straight No Chaser
  28. Christmas Pics – Barenaked Ladies
  29. Maybe This Christmas – Ron Sexsmith
  30. Silver Bells – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  31. Wintersong – Sarah McLachlan
  32. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day – The Civil Wars
  33. Christmas Lights – Coldplay
  34. White Horse – Over the Rhine
  35. What Child Is This – downhere
  36. Joy To The World – Sufjan Stevens
  37. Carol of the Bells – Patty Loveless
  38. O Come, O Come Emmanuel – The Punch Brothers
  39. The Christmas Waltz – She & Him
  40. Love Is Christmas – Sara Bareilles
  41. Silent Night – downhere
  42. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve – Harry Connick Jr.
  43. Auld Lang Syne – Artist Medley (Winter Song album)

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

7 comments on “{31 Days of Playlists} Day 23…Sing We Noel

  1. I love the idea of alternative songs for Christmas. Kate Rusby is one of my favourites – giving Christmas songs a folk twist and reviving some of the old traditional ones that have got lost. They sound very rustic and real. Wishing you some rustic and real-ness as you go into this season. (coming to you via imperfect prose) x

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog! I’ve never heard of Kate Rusby – excited to check out a new-to-me artist! Merry Christmas to you!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog Emily! I so hope these songs will bless your Christmas season, thank you so for your kind and heartfelt words!

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