A Very Merry Playlist | Happy Holidays

547efda456f0eMerry Christmas Eve, friends!

It’s such a beautiful time of year — so many hearts are filled with love and joy this season. This is one of my favorite times of the year because I’ve had so many wistful memories during the holidays. Growing up, my parents, brother and I would drive up to New York to visit our family as most of them lived there. Of course, we would frequent Rockefeller Center to gaze at the gigantic, gleaming Christmas tree, people watch those who were ice skating in Time Square, and pay a visit to F.A.O. Schwartz to pick out a toy with my Uncle Don.

Each annual visit to New York, we would stay at my late grandmother’s place in Queens. I can picture it like it was just yesterday – stomping around in mounds of snow outside of her apartment complex in Kew Gardens, her warm, cozy home, walking around barefoot on the plush carpet, sneaking those little jelly Sunkist Fruit Gems out of her candy dish before dinner, admiring her sparkling Swarovski crystal figurines she collected and of course, listening to Frank Sinatra on the retro radio.

As many of you already know, I am music’s biggest fan. Okay, maybe not biggest but I can say with the utmost certainty that music plays a vital role in my life. It’s amazing when you hear a song and it immediately takes you to a place you once were or brings back feelings you once had. It may be the closest thing we have to time travel – there’s just something nostalgic about it. With that said, I’ve cultivated a Christmas Playlist below that will surely put you in the holiday spirit. It may even compel you to begin setting up your playlist on Spotify or iTunes — and do not fret, you’ll see that Mr. Sinatra made the list too. Cheers!

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  1. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Michael Bublé (his spin on Mariah Carey’s classic)
  2. Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
  3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Sam Smith
  4. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  5. Baby It’s Cold Outside – She & Him
  6. Peace – Norah Jones
  7. Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald
  8. O Tannenbaum – Andrea Bocelli
  9. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  10. Little Drummer Boy – Johnny Cash
  11. Where Are You Christmas? – Faith Hill
  12. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  13. Winter Wonderland / Don’t Worry Be Happy – Pentatonix
  14. Deck The Halls – Manheim Steamroller
  15. The Christmas Waltz – She & Him
  16. O Holy Night – Tracy Chapman
  17. Joy to the World – Nat King Cole
  18. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Rod Stewart
  19. Merry Christmas Baby – B.B. King
  20. Silver Bells – Tony Bennett
  21. Do You Hear What I Hear? – Bob Dylan
  22. Let it Snow – Dean Martin
  23. Winter Song – The Head And The Heart
  24. Someday at Christmas – Jack Johnson
  25. 7 O’clock News / Silent Night – Simon & Garfunkel
  26. White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
  27. Christmas Lights – Coldplay
  28. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
  29. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Michael Bublé
  30. Ave Maria – Josh Groban
  31. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Harry Connick, Jr.
  32. This Christmas – Cee-Lo Green
  33. Christmas – Rogue Wave
  34. Wonderful Christmastime – The Shins
  35. Boots – The Killers
  36. Winter Wonderland – Jason Mraz
  37. Little Saint Nick – Beach Boys
  38. Winter Winds – Mumford & Sons
  39. Happy Christmas (War is Over) – Maroon 5
  40. I Thank God – The Avett Brothers
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