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12 Songs of Christmas

November 25, 2014 Stories Behind the Cards

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12 songs of christmas

Christmas is very much at the heart of Red Letter Paper Co. In fact, making Christmas cards that reflected both our faith and our nontraditional design aesthetic was how it began. So we made up a list of songs that we love to play around the office this time of year. Like our beginnings, it’s a bit of a mash-up of the modern and the traditional. If we included every Christmas song we loved, the season would be over before we got to the end, but here are some of our favorites.

 

Vince Guaraldi Trio – “Christmastime Is Here”

This song is pure bliss. It always fills us up with so much happiness. Both the instrumental and vocal versions are beautiful, but the children’s choir just seems to make it more magical, more innocent.

 

Rosie Thomas – “Why Can’t It Be Christmastime All Year”

Actually, it is a little bit Christmastime all year around here. Let’s just say that when you run a card company and make Christmas cards throughout the year, the Christmas tunes play long before the tree goes up.

 

Over the Rhine – “All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue”

Here’s a little gift of Christmas melancholy to you from our most cherished Christmas record: “Snow Angels” by Over the Rhine. In fact, one of our cards is inspired by one of the tracks on it. Can you guess which one?

 

MxPx – “Christmas Day”

This song is a little manic, but so is the season. The idea is that it’s the little things that are important and even the smallest gestures can mean a lot.

 

Josh Groban – “O Holy Night”

This is one of the greatest Christmas carols sung by one of the greatest classical voices.

 

Love Spirals Downward – “Welcome Christmas”

It’s not often you hear the words Christmas, children’s special, and “goth” in the same breath, but this is an even more ethereal, more lilting rendition than the original from the animated Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

 

Amy Grant – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”

To be honest, Amy Grant’s entire “Home for Christmas” album is a favorite, so it was hard to choose just one song. Since we’ve moved around a lot, this tune helps us feel a little closer when we can’t be home with our loved ones for Christmas.

 

Innocence Mission – “See, Amid the Winter Snow”

For us, this was not a well-known Christmastime hymn until one of our favorite bands released this rendition. Like the song, this band is beautiful and totally overlooked. If you like this, we highly suggest their record “Birds of My Neighborhood,” it’s the perfect music to settle into a winter of joyful reflection once the Christmas candy has worn off.

 

Mariah Carey – “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

Say what you will about Mariah Carey, but this song is just FUN. And so is the Jimmy Fallon classroom instruments version.

 

The Raveonettes – “The Christmas Song”

The lights are up around the city and we can feel the sense of anticipation building, and we want that feeling to last forever. While it shares a title, this is not the song Nat King Cole made famous — that comes next.

 

Mel Torme/Michael Kessler – “The Christmas Song – Open Fire Mix”

The warm and cozy classic — shaken, not stirred — with a little cocktail lounge chill-out for relaxing. We would prefer this with Nat King Cole’s vocals, but we love this remix.

 

John Denver and The Muppets – “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”

This is the perfect song to end on. Plus you can’t go wrong with The Muppets.

 

What are your favorite Christmas songs/performances? Leave a link so we can listen too!