Christmas for my family means a tree and decorations, plum cake, a lavish dinner and timeless tunes to make the celebrations more festive. Here’s a playlist with personal favourites to add some cheer.
Christmas Started With a Child
Ed Bruce sings about children who haven’t experienced a Christmas in their lives; he reminds “grown-ups” that Christmas did start with a child.
Santa Claus is coming to Town
Frank Sinatra’s 1949 version of this classic was a constant to reminder to me to be on my best behavior. Naughty or nice, Santa was coming to town and I did not want to be the one to get coal in my stockings!
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Dean Martin always reminds me about those untimely acne attacks right on the tip of my nose — an instant Rudolph kind of guy!
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Ella Fitzgerald’s lyrics Someday soon, we all will be together, if the fates allow. Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow, a gentle reminder to focus on happiness.
Who knows? With the temperature changes we have been experiencing in the world it might soon be a reality Until then, Bing Crosby suggests we keep dreaming.
Sinatra and Crosby suggest it might be fun to ride in a One Horse Open Sleigh. But maybe not in Bangalore’s manic traffic!
Little Drummer Boy
Boney M talks of the drummer boy who arrived without a gift for Jesus but played his best anyway.
In true Elvis Presley style, a reminder to our loved ones who aren’t able to be with us during the holidays.
All I Want For Christmas Is You Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey and The Roots team up for this version with classroom instruments. Perfect to start the toe tapping and drawing room dancing.
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
A lovely reminder by Michael Bublé that Christmas has a way of leading you home to your loved one, where ever that might be.
The Christmas Song
Nat King Cole winds us down with a reminder to have a merry Christmas.
Just remember, no matter what, you will always make new wonderful memories during this time of year. Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays to all our wonderful Indulge readers.
Nikhil is a city-based DJ and radio enthusiast.