So there are actually no snowflakes where I am (yet). But this weekend I’m headed up to the mountain to stay in a cabin with a few friends, and I’m really hoping for snow. Just two days after Thanksgiving, which came early this year, my dear friend (and fellow Christmas fanatic) Jen and I drove out to the Mount Hood National Forest and chopped down our Christmas trees. Since then I have barely left my house. All I want to do is sit (on my new leather couch) with a friend, in front of the tree, with a warm drink in hand.
I’ve been listening to Christmas music since Halloween – seriously – and compiling a list of some of my favorite songs. In my family, we have few traditions, but those that we do have are significant. I cannot remember a Christmas in which we didn’t listen to the Willie Nelson Christmas album, Pretty Paper, as we first open presents in the morning. We also listen to it while decorating the tree, and last year I finally invested in a record of my own instead of borrowing my mom and dad’s. Nothing says Christmas in the Parker household more than Willie Nelson.
You can hear my Snowflakes in the Air mix here. Enjoy it with a warm drink.
Pretty Paper – Willie Nelson
Skating – Vince Guaraldi Trio
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan
O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Sufjan Stevens
Aspenglow – John Denver
Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
I’ll be Home for Christmas – Frank Sinatra
River – Joni Mitchell
Song 3 – John Fahey
White Christmas – Bing Crosby
Christmas Time Is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? – Ella Fitzgerald
I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun – Beach House
Silent Night – Willie Nelson
Listen (Listen, Listen) – Wintersleep
Peace Carol – John Denver and the Muppets
Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing – Sufjan Stevens
Home Alone – John WIlliams
Let It Snow – Dean Martin
Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire – Nat King Cole
Wallflower – Agnes Obel