Christmas Jam: Merry Christmas, Darling, The Carpenters

There are a few Christmas albums we played constantly when I was a kid. The Beach Boys, John Denver and the Muppets, and The Carpenters. I know the Carpenters get a bad rap for being schmaltzy soft rock, but I like schmaltzy soft rock, especially when it reminds me of my childhood. We still listen to the Carpenters (like this week, when we decorated the tree at my mom and dad’s house), but now we have it on CD instead of cassette.

Christmas Jam: All I Want For Christmas is You, Mariah Carey

I know. You were expecting this. What’s a list of Christmas Jams without a little Mariah? But here’s the thing: I used to hate this song. My sophomore year, my roommate Liz and I ended up in a sorority dorm. Like, every girl there except for us was part of a sorority. It was kind of hellish. They’d wake us up at 7 a.m. on the weekends (which, trust me, seemed inexcusably early then) with their meetings, playing Madonna’s “Vogue” while clapping and stomping (seriously!) along. The sorority girls liked three things: losing their shoes, throwing away all their beer cans in the trash can outside our room, and Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You. For along time, I associated those sweetly anticipatory bells with the scent of stale beer and hairspray.

But I’m not a monster. I couldn’t resist Mariah’s charms for long…I love this song!

Let’s Look at Pretty Clothes

By now, you’ve all seen The Muppets, right? If not, get off of your computer, leave your apartment/house, and get to a movie theatre. It’s funny, the songs are great, and Amy Adams is really sweet. In a lot of ways, she reminded me of Bernadette Peters in The Jerk. She was able to be cute and funny and a little naive without coming off as just dumb or ditzy. Amy Adams: what can’t she do? Also, SPOILER ALERT, she wears some amazing clothes. I’m pretty sure the first outfit she wore in the film took my breath away. What I would do for that yellow skirt!

You can see more of her clothes here.

Christmas Jam: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Darlene Love

This is my favorite song off one of my favorite Christmas albums, A Christmas Gift to You From Phil Spector. Yes, Phil Spector is creepy/a murderer, and yes, I could do without the weird spoken word track from him, but I’m positive this is still the best Christmas album ever recorded.

I love the Mariah Carey version of this song (because I love Mariah and everything she does, of course), but this is the definitive version. We sing this a lot at my family’s house. As you might imagine, it sounds pretty great. This is yet another sad Christmas song. Enjoy it!