I’m taking the rest of the week off, and next week you’ll get my favorite posts of 2013. I want to thank you all for your support of my little old blog and how you enjoy me tapping into my inner Star Trek geek. Here’s to bigger and better things in 2014! XOXO Aunt Benet
Today, I’m taking a little side road off the aviation highway. I’m wrapping up year two of this blog. I owe a HUGE thank you to consumer travel writer Christopher Elliott, who, back at the end of 2010, named this blog one of 11 travel bookmark to read in 2011. You all stuck with me when, earlier this year, I switched from a free WordPress account to my new web home. And I’ve really enjoyed all your comments all year about my myriad posts.
So now it’s time for me to give you a gift for all of your support in 2012. Just in time for the holidays, I’ve created a playlist of 12 of my favorite Christmas songs, and I’d like to share them with you. If you want to get into my Dropbox playlist, please email me at auntbenetATgmailDOT com and I’ll send them along. Below is my list and why I love these songs so much. Enjoy!
Opera of the Bells, Destiny’s Child — OK, I was never a big fan of this group. But I was visiting my bestie from college at her horse farm in Massachusetts and this was playing on her CD player. I love the harmonies and the simplicity of this song.
All I Want For Christmas, Michael Buble — the Mariah Carey version of this song used to be my favorite. But then I heard this version at an AOPA holiday party last year and I was hooked! You will be too.
Auld Lang Syne, Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis — You’d never know it, but I’ma big fan of Celtic music. And this version of the classic song comes from the “Sex and the City” movie soundtrack. And I always think of my friend Mary Kirby (@APEXMary) when I hear it.
Celebrate Me Home, Kenny Loggins — I heard this song on a United Airlines flight from D.C. to San Francisco when I was on my way home for Christmas. I love the wistfulness and gospel vibe of this song. Who knew Kenny Loggins had soul?
O Holy Night, Celine Dion — Yes, kids, I know – it’s Celine Dion. But sister sings the HELL out of this song. Her pure version never fails to bring tears to my eyes when I hear it.
Handel’s Messiah, Quincy Jones All-Stars — This is NOT your grandfather’s Messiah. It is a joyful, soulful, soaring version of the Handel classic that will leave you breathless when it ends.
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Johnny Mathis — No Christmas compilation is complete without this quintessential version of this classic song.
The Little Drummer Boy, Lou Rawls — Lou Rawls Merry Christmas Ho Ho Ho was a staple in my family growing up. And NO ONE sings this song like Lou Rawls, complete with a mesmerizing harmonica accompaniment.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Luther Vandross — It was tough, because I also love the James Taylor version of this song, but Luther won by a nose.
Irish Christmas Song, The Pogues — I spent Christmas 1997 with my friend in a village 2 hours outside of London. They had a party to celebrate my visit and this song popped up on the play list. It’s actually about a not-so-happy Christmas, but I still love the song.
White Christmas, Twisted Sister — Yes, it’s that Twisted Sister. And they do a nice job being the anti-Bing Crosby on this Christmas classic.
Joy To The World, Whitney Houston — Last, but certainly not least, is this song from “The Preacher’s Wife” movie soundtrack. With a strong gospel choir back-up, this song serves as the perfect backdrop to Whitney’s voice in her prime. I love this song so much I’ve included it on my walking workout tape to provide inspiration.
So there you have it. I’m always looking to add music to my diverse playlists, so please feel free to suggest other holiday songs that I should download to my iPod! Merry Christmas, Happy Haunakah, Happy Kwaanza and merry Festivus for the rest of us! And again — email me at auntbenetATgmailDOT com if you want a copy of my holiday playlist!