My Favorite Things

By Kristina Knight, author of What a Texas Girl DreamsWhat a Texas Girl Needs, and What a Texas Girl Wants

What a Texas Girl DreamsI love this time of year, even when I’m complaining about the weather and the cold. There is something about the 25ish days between Thanksgiving and Christmas that is just . . . more special than I can describe.

It isn’t about the presents or the endless shopping – although I hold a Black Belt in Black Friday. It’s about the feeling, and for me the feeling is attached to music. I love the old standards and still get a little teary when I hear Bing Crosby sing “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” but the new songs do the same thing. I can’t hear Mariah Carey sing “All I Want For Christmas Is You” without jigging around the living room for a few minutes. And any version of “My Grown Up Christmas List” will make me nostalgic for those magical Christmases when all I had to worry about was whether there would be snow on the ground by morning and if I left enough carrots for the reindeer.

One of my most favorite songs, though, isn’t technically a Christmas carol. It’s a song from The Sound of Music, a nostalgic movie if I’ve ever seen one. Here’s a clip:

My absolute, top five favorite Christmas carols are (in no particular order):
“Christmas Bells” (Snoopy version)
“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Bing Crosby
“Last Christmas” by Wham!
“Tender Tennessee Christmas” by Alabama
“Carol of the Bells” by Manheim Steamroller

Do you have a favorite Christmas song?