May your days be merry and bright

We’re a bit short on snow in my part of the world right now, which is not unusual–it’s still on the early side for the white stuff. Of course, the following song‘s rarely-performed opening verse begins “The sun is shining, the grass is green.” “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, sung by The Three Tenors: Video

One songwriter, so many Christmas songs

Three examples: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” by Johnny Marks, based on a poem by Robert L. May, as sung by Destiny’s Child (you heard me): Video posted by DestinysChildVEVO “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” by Johnny Marks, sung by Bill Haley: Video posted by PEARLY “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” by Johnny Marks, sung by Sufjan

Here’s to making hearts grow three sizes in one day

“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Albert Hague and Theodor Geisel, sung by Thurl Ravenscroft: Video courtesy of horgemlingurinn And here’s a version by the Pickens High School Jazz Band (really quite good!): Video posted by Jennifer Bryan To quote from Albert Hague’s obituary in the The New York Times: “When he played the

Now would be a good time…

“Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, and Phil Spector, sung by Jon Bon Jovi: Video posted by Doddie004 And sung by the original singer, Darlene Love (with Patti LaBelle), just a few days ago: Video posted by The View According to Rolling Stone (2010), if you’re looking for the best rock

It’s Christmastime even where it’s not wintry

“Silver Bells” by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, sung by Colbie Callait: Video posted by Rita Spencer; audio posted by Colbie Caillat-Topic, “Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group International.” And here is the same song as sung by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the movie for which the song was written, The Lemon

It’s very nasty out tonight. Really very.

And while it is not below-freezing cold, it is also not really weather that makes the idea of going outside at all appealing… “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” by Frank Loesser, as sung by Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Video courtesy of Dragon Blast This is another one of those songs that everyone, but EVERYONE, has

Still no snow forecast for NYC.

But I don’t like to be parochial, and snow is being forecast for quite a number of places across the US (and no doubt elsewhere on the planet too), so this song will probably be an option for SOMEONE… “Sleigh Ride,” by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish, sung by The Ronettes: Video from PhilSpectorVEVO That’s