12 Songs of Christmas: Jingle Bells by Mannheim Steamroller

English: A rendition of the musical notation f...

English: A rendition of the musical notation for the chorus of “Jingle Bells”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A double post today, and we’ll start getting nestling into the winter night with Jingle Bells by Mannheim Steamroller. This is a lovely group that has been around forever and does a lot of nice synthesizer work, amongst other things.

http://open.spotify.com/track/52Yl6qWMthRJfiW50aY45K

12 Songs of Christmas: Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Manhattan Transfer

The Christmas Album (The Manhattan Transfer album)

The Christmas Album (The Manhattan Transfer album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first time I ever heard Manhattan Transfer was singing this song on the TV show Home Improvement. I loved their jazz a cappella and picked up this album shortly after!

http://open.spotify.com/track/4NLp6wvr7qy3BnqlSsWr4h

A Bit of Christmas Magic

Girls on Polar Express

Last night my girls had the pleasure of riding the Polar Express. This was a wonderful trip on a cold night with snow on the ground from the night before. We made it all the way to Santa’s village at the North Pole thanks to a magic tunnel. The most magical part of the night came when Santa himself boarded the train to give gifts to the children aboard. Continue reading

12 Songs of Christmas: O Tannenbaum by Vince Guaraldi Trio

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oh my! We’re less than a week from Christmas and I haven’t posted THIS classic yet?! It practically defines modern Christmas tunes. Smooth, festive, perfect to listen to and enjoy you family with a warm drink. Enjoy!

http://open.spotify.com/track/34rzJNfTd5e9s3TICFMPD0

12 Songs of Christmas: Wizards in Winter by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Cover

You’ve probably seen the videos of houses with Christmas lights completely decked out and sequenced using this song. It does a great blend of a traditional festive feel done on guitars/synthesizers/and all that good stuff.

http://open.spotify.com/track/3dvhNq0P4rNaFqmj21jKF5

…here’s a lights video for good measure. They’re like Jell-O, there’s always room for more!

12 Songs of Christmas: Sleigh Ride by Harry Connick Jr.

When My Heart Finds Christmas

When My Heart Finds Christmas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s another classic, but Harry puts such a swing to it you can’t help but grab somebody and celebrate!

http://open.spotify.com/track/3DnYHzeul8cWJDEuTFd79H