My family and friends usually gather for the holidays on Christmas Eve. We exchange presents then have a buffet of cold meats, cheese ball and crackers, chocolate turtles, and cookies. Lots and lots of cookies. Everybody brings something and we all sit around and talk and eat. When my Niece and Nephew were younger, some of us would be put to work assembling their various toys. As the kids got older, the tradition changed to assembling LEGO sets. Somebody always got some LEGOs and a group of us would sit around the table and put the set together. If someone got a game, we always had to try that out, too. But the evening always ended with everyone sitting around and talking. Just catching up with each others’ lives, dissecting the latest scandals, and arguing politics. And in the background, we always had the TV on. Eventually, we would quiet down and turn the TV up and we would watch a Christmas-themed movie. My family and friends were firmly divided into two camps. Half were firm fans of It’s a Wonderful Life and the other half were devoted to A Christmas Story. It’s a Wonderful Life won out for several years but the last few years it’s been A Christmas Story. That movie’s biggest fan has been playing hardball and using puppy dog eyes and a quivering lip. He will whimper “But I haven’t seen it for a WHOLE year” and we all cave and watch his movie.
While my family and friends like to watch the classic holiday movies, other families and friends prefer to round out their Christmas gatherings with holiday music. The Internet Archive has many great collections of all kinds and types of holiday music. Fond of Irish songs? IA has a collection of Irish Christmas Songs that includes “Bells over Belfast” and “Christmas in Killarney”. Enjoy Australian music? IA has a short collection of Australian Christmas Songs that includes “Carol of the Birds” and “Christmas in Australia”. There is a collection of French Christmas Songs with “Il est né” and “De Bon Matin” and a collection of German Christmas Songs with “O Tannenbaum” and “Ave Maria”. IA has a collection of Christmas Carols and Songs that includes “In the Bleak Midwinter” and “O Come O Come Emmanuel”. There is a collection of Santa Claus Christmas Songs, for fans of the big guy in red, which includes the songs “Must Be Santa” and “Naughty Santa Song”. IA even has a collection of Michael Buble’s Christmas Songs. But one of the best collections is 3 Hour Medley of Christmas Songs. This collection has some of the best classic holiday songs by some big name crooners. Bing Cosby dreams of a “White Christmas” while Elvis has a “Blue Christmas”. Harry Connick, Jr. sings “It Must’ve Been Ol’ Santa Claus” and the Beach Boys croon about “Little Saint Nick”. Burl Ives has a “Holly Jolly Christmas” while Elmo bemoans that “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”. This collection has just about everything you could wish for including: “Here Comes Santa Claus”, “Feliz Navidad”, “The Christmas Waltz”, “Sleigh Bells Ring”, “Carol of the Bells”, “Chestnuts Roasting”, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”, “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, “Let it Snow”, and many, many more. This is a fantastic collection and best of all is that it is a whole evening full of music. So if you are in the mood for some wonderful holiday music, surf on over to the Internet Archive and take your pick from the many and varied Christmas collections.
Christmas song collections include:
3 Hour Medley of Christmas Songs
Irish Christmas Songs
Australian Christmas Songs
French Christmas Songs
German Christmas Songs
Christmas Carols and Songs
Santa Claus Christmas Songs
Michael Buble’s Christmas Songs