I'm not very religious, but most of my favorite Christmas songs are. Probably linked to my grandpa belting them out (often in Latin) during this time of year, I've adopted the habit (mostly in English).
  1. O Come All Ye Faithful
    I don't know my extended family on my dad's side very well, but when I was in 3rd grade, I was taken out of school early for the funeral of my dad's favorite aunt. We drove in the snow through rural Minnesota and attended the service in a small country church in the middle of nowhere. This song was a favorite of hers and we sang it in church. It was so beautiful and moving to me, it became my very favorite. One of few memories of my mysterious Norwegian-Lutheran side.
  2. Joy to the World
    "Let heaven and nature sing!" Happiest song ever? Possibly. And so very fun to sing.
  3. Angels We Have Heard on High
    "In excelsis deo!"
  4. The First Noel
    Just so pretty and joyful.
  5. Little Drummer Boy
    Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum. My favorite around age 5.
  6. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
    "Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies!" Love all versions of this song, but my favorite is George Bailey singing it with his family at the end of "It's a Wonderful Life".
  7. We Three Kings
    My super Catholic grandpa was the first to teach me the rubber cigar version of this tune. "It was loaded, it exploded, that's how we got so far."
  8. Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)
    By Darlene Love, also covered by Mariah Carey, Hanson, U2, Leona Lewis, Lady Antebellum. I love all versions.
  9. Welcome Christmas (from How the Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon)
    Fahoo fores. Dahoo dores. Welcome Christmas, Christmas Day!
  10. Good King Wenseslas
    Best sung by the Irish Rovers or my grandfather.
  11. Must Be Santa
    Sung by Bob Dylan. Have you heard his Christmas album? It's amazing! I love his gruff voice singing such joyful, happy music. The whole thing is 💯!
  12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    References to Satan aside, this one is really fun to sing.
  13. All I Want For Christmas is You
    Mariah! I can't believe I haven't gotten tired of this one, my family does not feel the same way.
  14. Christmas in Prison by John Prine
    "We ate turkey and pistols carved out of wood." A classic.
  15. Merry Christmas from the Family by Robert Earle Keen
    "A bag of lemons and some Diet Sprite, a box of tampons and some Marlboro lights. Hallelujah, everybody say cheese, merry Christmas from the family!"