I live in the country with the longest Christmas season, and that gets damn tiring. I’m a humbug (I’d rather that term than ‘Scrooge’, indulge my frivolous wordplay) as soon as mid-October when the most bizarre Christmas mash-ups start blaring on public speakers.
I like the spirit of Christmas: ever since Mom died, and my sister and I have been distant, it’s deeply touching when almost everyone, no matter how short a time you’ve known them, opens their doors to you. I like the tradition of gathering. I want to do the same when time and space finally allows me to. For now, I humbly give offerings of feeling witty cards and sweets. It’s the very least I could do, though I wish that I could do more.
There are also the carols. Some carols, even at my crankiest anti-Christmas moods, gets me singing and smiling. It sometimes sees me through hellish traffic and terribly cramped MRT rides during the season.
1) We Need a Little Christmas – New Directions (Glee)
2) Last Christmas – New Directions (Glee)
3) Santa Can You Hear Me – Britney Spears
4) What Christmas Means To Me – Hanson
5) Snow Miser/Heat Miser from ‘The Year Without Santa Class’
6) Ateneo Chamber Singers Christmas performances
Youtube and tracks after the cut.
We Need a Little Christmas – New Directions (Glee)
Say what you will be about Glee, but the Broadway baby in me likes that they make musicals contemporary. They sometimes do it better than the originals, which is what they did here. ‘We Need a Little Christmas’ comes from Mame, which I find terribly dated, but the Glee cast led by Lea Michele did such a pretty cover. I find it’s one of their best covers.
Last Christmas – New Directions (Glee)
Another Glee cover. This, I especially like since I find the original very dinky. Great for those Christmas “kilig” and in-love moments, whether it be with your crush, girlfriend, or boyfriend.
Santa Can You Hear Me – Britney Spears
For when you’re bored of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and find “All I Want for Christmas” overplayed.
What Christmas Means To Me – Hanson
Yes it’s a cover, but I heard this version first. I was 12, I am (still) a Hanson fan, and this still works for me.
Snow & Heat Miser song from The Year Without Santa Claus
I miss holiday claymation specials, don’t you? R.I.P. Rankin and Bass.
Ateneo Chamber Singers Christmas Songs
My better Christmas memories come from college, under the Bellarmine Christmas lights at the Church of the Gesu.
…Yeah, I’m a sucker for choir renditions. And “new” carols.