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Gnomes wearing festive, multicolored, holiday hats. There's no better feeling than being home for the holidays! Celebrate the festive feelings with wreaths. Listen closely to “I'll Be Home for Christmas” or “White The pandemic has upended holiday traditions, and for those who eagerly. Today, a new performance from the singer premiered on Amazon Music, singing the beloved holiday ballad, “I'll Be Home for Christmas. i ll be home for the holidays

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I'll Be Home for the Holidays Review

by Jason Birchmeier

I'll Be Home for the Holidays features the Eaken Piano Trio performing a variety of holiday favorites. Featured songs include "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," "We Wish You the Merriest," and "Ave Maria," in addition to 17 others. Those who appreciate the Eaken Piano Trio should find this a delightful addition to the holiday season.

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SampleTitle/ComposerPerformerTimeStream
1

I'll Be Home for Christmas

Kim Gannon / Walter Kent / Buck Ram

Eaken Piano Trio 04:31 Amazon
2

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Meredith Willson

Eaken Piano Trio 01:53 Amazon
3

El Noi de la Mare (The Mother's Son), for guitar (from Canciones populares catalanas)

Miguel Llobet

Eaken Piano Trio 02:38 Amazon
4

We Wish You the Merriest

Les Brown

Eaken Piano Trio 02:32 Amazon
5

Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangement)

Charles Gounod / Franz Schubert

Eaken Piano Trio 07:50 Amazon
Great is The Miracle, Chanukah song
6

Ma'oz Tsur and S'vivon

Scott Robinson / Traditional

Eaken Piano Trio 03:53 Amazon
7

Al Hanisim

Scott Robinson / Traditional

Eaken Piano Trio 04:50 Amazon
8

Mi Ze Hidlik

Scott Robinson / Traditional

Eaken Piano Trio 03:52 Amazon
9

Ozi and Oy Chanukah

Scott Robinson / Traditional

Eaken Piano Trio 02:31 Amazon
10

I Wonder As I Wander

John Jacob Niles

Eaken Piano Trio 03:45 Amazon
11

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Sammy Cahn / Jule Styne

Eaken Piano Trio 02:27 Amazon
12

Chassid, for violin & piano

Julius Chajes

Eaken Piano Trio 05:05 Amazon
13

Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass

César Franck

Eaken Piano Trio 03:14 Amazon
14

HaNeyros Halawlu

Louis Lewandowski

Eaken Piano Trio 03:06 Amazon
Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174)
15

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Johann Sebastian Bach

Eaken Piano Trio 03:15 Amazon
16

Eight Bright Candles

David Weintraub

Eaken Piano Trio 02:59 Amazon
17

Feliz Navidad

José Feliciano

Eaken Piano Trio 03:25 Amazon
18

Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head (American)

John Innes / Christmas Traditional / Traditional

Eaken Piano Trio 02:52 Amazon
Medley
19

Carol of the Bells / We Three Kings

John Henry Hopkins, Jr. / Mykola Leontovych / Christmas Traditional

Eaken Piano Trio 02:35 Amazon
Baal Shem: 3 pictures of Hassidic life, for violin & piano (or orchestra)
20

Simchas Torah

Ernest Bloch

Eaken Piano Trio 05:40 Amazon
21

May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You

Meredith Willson

Eaken Piano Trio 02:57 Amazon
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Every year I fight it. The Christmas songs speak of joyous sleigh rides, happy journeys to Grandma’s home in the woods, jingling bells, and a jolly season. Commercials show everyone smiling as the turkey comes to the table, and families ripping open presents and hugging each other. All is merry and bright.

And once again, I want to believe it to be true.

I wrap the presents, drive to my family Christmas dinner, and walk in the door… to be greeted by the same people who have the same hang-ups and issues as every year. Same personality conflicts. Same old baggage. Hardly a greeting card moment.

After a few hours, as I drive home, my shoulders slump. I fight the tears from clouding the view beyond my windshield. Why did I hope it would be different?

I am not alone. Many of us develop unreasonable expectations about the holidays and family gatherings. In an article entitled, Do Holiday Expectations Cause You Angst? 12 Ways to Help, Karyl McBride offers 12 approaches to viewing this holiday season differently.

Why did I hope this holiday would be different?

She states that we cannot control how others react. We shouldn’t expect people to change overnight and become these happy, loving souls with no hang-ups, past hurts, or grudges. Nor can we become that way.

McBride goes on to point out that the real value isn’t so much the money we spend on gifts, but it is the time and energy we invest in the people we buy them for. That is of great worth. She also allows us to give ourselves a present ― to not take the blame for others’ responses as long as our intent is good-natured. She says to give ourselves permission to step away if someone is negatively affecting us with their toxic attitude.

And if the holiday brings on painful memories, such as a loss of a loved one, McBride proposes we should allow those feelings to surface and deal with them gently so we can heal. Ignoring them or shoving them down will only lead to trouble later.

I want to take it a step further and not make it all about me and my expectations. I have decided to concentrate less on my desire for the holidays to morph into my imagined perfection and instead approach my time with the family with an open mind. I’ve decided not to let anyone push my buttons, but I also won’t offer them any buttons to push.

When it gets right down to it, I will only see some of my family members a few hours each year. Why not make that time the best it can be? Why allow myself to be hurt and disappointed? Or worse, hurt or disappoint someone else.

I cannot expect my family to change, but I can change my view of my family.

Family members can bring out the worst in us, but they can also bring out the best. Whether we have a bad history with them or a good one, it is history all the same. Common experiences can be a bonding factor. Or they can drive us apart. It is really our choice how we react.

None of us are perfect. Every family has some dysfunction because we are all human. And while, as the saying goes, you can’t pick your family, let’s face facts. We have been given them to love. So maybe we need to extend a bit of grace. Many people do not have family, or have broken all ties. They have let walls build up that are almost impossible to break down.

As the holidays approach, I have decided I want to use my bricks ― the things that make me who I am ― to build bridges, not walls. In fact, I want to do this all year round, not just during the time when tinsel drapes the walls and wrapping paper clutters the floor.

For each member of my family, I will find one positive thing to replace the history of negativity — intentionally choose to put aside the unresolved hurt feelings or the personality quirks that usually drive me up the wall. I’ll embrace each person in love and tolerance. No matter how they respond to me.

That decisive attitude, even though it can’t be put in a box and wrapped with a bow, may be the best gift I can give to my family and to myself.

If you are wary of being with your family or are feeling lonely this season, why not talk with a confidential mentor through the connect form below? You don't have to journey alone.




This article was written by: Julie Cosgrove

Photo Credit: Sheri Terris

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Each year, base facilities partially close down for the holiday season, or Block Leave. Thousands of service members will fill area airports awaiting flights to their hometowns. Often times, due to limited resources and transportation schedules, service members will spend upwards of 6 hours, and occasionally spend the night, at USO welcome centers before boarding their outbound flights.

Operation I’ll be Home for the Holidays provides a sense of comfort for service members at our Norfolk International Airport, Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, and Richmond International Airport. While the task of providing a home away from home for troops in such large numbers seem daunting, staff and volunteers for the USO are unphased, serving our military around the clock from the second they step into our comfort centers til they board their flights. With the support of local businesses and organizations like ADS Inc., Dunkin’, Coca-Cola Consolidated, Papa John’s, and MORE, we offer meals, snacks, entertainment, and a place to rest their head at our comfort centers.

To find out how you can support Operation I’ll be home for the holidays, email us at [email protected]

See how we’ve made an imapact: https://hrcv.uso.org/stories/22

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Home For The Holidays

I'll be home for the holidays
Thinking I'd stay away, oh no
I can't wait to see your smiling face
Baby I'm on the way, hold on

We been together for a while now
And there is nothing more important
Than being with you

I'll be home for the holidays
Thinking I'd stay away, oh no
I can't wait to see your smiling face
Baby I'm on my way, so hold on

We've made the most of not much at all
Survived on our faith and our love, oh oh
Look at our families, so beautiful
And I just can't wait to get home

I'll be home for the holidays
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Thinking I'd stay away, oh no
I can't wait to see your smiling face
Baby I'm on my way, so hold on

I'll never leave you for long
You are the beat of my heart
Baby hold on, we have memories of our love, love

I'll be home for the holidays
Thinking I'd stay away, oh no
I can't wait to see your smiling face
Baby I'm on my way, so hold on

I'll be home for the holidays
Thinking I'd stay away, oh no
I can't wait to see your smiling face
Baby I'm on my way, so hold on



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1. *NSYNC: “Home for Christmas”

Home_for_Christmas.png“Home for Christmas” will always be a classic when it comes to Christmas music. It’s almost timeless. You can jam to it in 2016 the way you could jam to it in 1998. I actually own this CD and play it during Christmas time no matter how mad it makes my sister.

The album is a perfect demonstration of the group’s voice. *NSYNC included not only the traditional songs, but original songs as well. You won’t be able to get “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” on another album or out of your head. The song brings out the true meaning of Christmas, and this album is great for any *NSYNC supporter.

2. Justin Bieber: “Under the Mistletoe”

Under_the_Mistletoe.jpgThis one is for all the Beliebers out there! His Christmas album not only includes the CD but also a DVD of the making of his music video: “Under the Mistletoe.” His album “My World 2.0” resulted in a new epidemic known as Bieber Fever. Unlike *NSYNC’s “Home for Christmas,” Bieber’s Christmas album does a fine job of standing on its own. On the other hand, it’s hard to imagine a group of friend’s jammin’ to “Mistletoe” on the way to the beach. Bieber isn’t the only celebrity voice on this album, Mariah Carey, Band Perry and Usher joined in on the album to make it a one of a kind.

On the album, “Only Thing I Ever Get For Christmas”, doesn’t get enough attention. Everyone knows “Mistletoe” was the lead single but “Only Thing I Ever Get For Christmas” would have been a better fit. It’s romantic wode had a way of engaging you.

3. Michael Bublé: “Christmas”

michaelbuble-christmas2011-coverThe album “Christmas” came with a complimentary ornament! The album starts with “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” Listening to it is an experience that will get you in the Christmas spirit. Bublé seems to add an amazing twist to a somewhat traditional playlist. The music on the album really makes you feel like you’re sitting in front of warm fire on Christmas Eve. It’s about love and Christmas is all about love.

He did one original song called “Cold December Night.” This song will make you hate being single during the holidays. He also did a cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas” which is a risky move. No one knew if it was going to flip or flop. He takes the whole song down a few notches to create his own unique version of Carey’s hit.

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One of Canadian-born country artist Meghan Patrick's favorite Christmas songs is particularly apt this year. The singer is releasing her version of the classic "I'll Be Home for Christmas" -- premiering exclusively on The Boot -- ahead of a holiday season she likely won't be spending her family.

Bing Crosby made "I'll Be Home for Christmas" famous in 1943 -- the height of World War II -- when he recorded the Kim Gannon and Walter Kent-written song, sung from a soldier's point of view. Patrick heard the song often during her childhood, and as she's grown up, lived away from home and become a touring artist, she's more deeply connected to its emotions.

"Growing up, my mom always went all out with decorations, food, music and traditions at Christmastime ... As someone who moved out of my parents' house pretty young, and has spent a lot of time on the road and touring since, going home for Christmas was always something I really looked forward to," Patrick tells The Boot. "In light of this year’s challenges with COVID, and knowing that some people (myself included) may not be able to go home to be with their family because of it, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” seemed like the perfect choice, to give everyone a bit of nostalgic hope leading up the holidays."

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A Bowmansville, Ontario, native, Patrick grew up hunting, fishing and mountain biking, and with dreams of becoming a professional snowboarder. However, after she broke her back and collarbone and suffered a concussion in a fall on the slopes, she started songwriting while recovering and decided to go to school to pursue music.

An opera program wasn't a good fit, so she switched to a jazz program -- still not quite right, so she dropped out and started touring with a bluegrass group. “Right before that band ended, we got invited to play this huge country music festival in Ontario. That was my first exposure to country fans in a large setting like that, and I fell in love with the atmosphere immediately. I felt so seen and understood by that audience, like I naturally related to them and they related to me," Patrick recalls.

Now signed to Warner Music Canada, Patrick has released two albums and an EP, and has scored several Top 10 singles in her native Canada, including the No. 1 single "Walls Come Down." She's a back-to-back CCMA Female Artist of the Year winner and a Juno Award winner, and is now signed to Riser House Records in the United States.

"My First Car" is Patrick's debut single in the States. She now lives full-time in Nashville.

Listen to Meghan Patrick's Version of "I'll Be Home for Christmas":

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If there is one thing that is constant in this world, it is that the day after Halloween marks a multi-month-long non-negotiable stream of holiday music in just about every public place that has speakers. From coffee shops to convenience stores, your car radio to your dentist’s waiting room, there’s no escaping the unsolicited visions of silver bells ringing and sugar plums dancing in your ear drums. We're just days away, folks.

But not all holiday music is bad. Actually, some of the new albums are actually, well, good. But if you're not looking for entire collections, but rather a smattering of songs to throw on a playlist—songs just with a bit more refined taste—we’ve got you covered. Go mull some wine, start up the fire, and crank your home speakers high enough to drown out your neighborhood carolers’ off-key rendition of “Christmas Shoes.” These are the best Christmas songs of all time.

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"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by Hozier

All there is to say about this is that it's Hozier. If the man read me my credit card i ll be home for the holidays every month, I'd pay it with chill vibes and good spirits.

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"Christmas Don't Be Late" by Norah Jones

Norah Jones and The Chipmunks feels like an uncomfortable pairing, but Jones's jazzy, slowed down take on the (whiney) classic is refreshingly nostalgic and modern at the same time.

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"If We Make It Through December" by Pistol Annies

No one is ever going to match the brilliance of the original, but the Pistol Annie's do a stripped back version of the track that's breathtaking in its own way.

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"Christmas Isn't Canceled (Just You)" by Kelly Clarkson

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That title may make your eye twitch a bit (I think we're all done with the word), but the cut from Clarkson's new holiday album is a brilliantly upbeat take on the holiday break up song. Once you've had enough listens to Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas," pivot to this bad boy.

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"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Manchester Orchestra

Lean into the sad boy vibes this holiday season with a toned down version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from Manchester Orchestra. The track dials back the nostalgia and focuses solely on the wistful emotions behind the lyrics to the point that it nearly becomes a melancholic lullaby.

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"The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole

    Is it bold for a track title to self-proclaim as the Christmas song? Yes. Is roasting chestnuts a fairly outdated tradition that doesn’t actually taste very good in practice? Also yes. But, this iconic tune deserves all of the liberties it takes and more. Nat King Cole’s warm vocals paired with the romantic string accompaniment make for as sweet a combo as Santa’s cookies and milk.

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    “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano

      A great unifier not only for its bilingual lyrics but also for its universal charm, José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” has become a staple in the library of holiday pop songs that don’t suck.

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      “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Frank Sinatra

        Originally written for soldiers overseas during World War II, this classic croon has become an anthem for all the lonely hearts who can’t be home for the holidays.

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        “River” by Joni Mitchell

          While it’s more of a breakup ballad than it is a Christmas song, anyone who has to endure the acute ache of going through a split during the holiday season deserves a song of their own.

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          “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Thurl Ravenscroft

            This is the original (and perhaps the only) holiday diss track. Essentially one long series of back-handed compliments sung in a hilarious baritone, this song is sure to make even Mr. Grinch himself crack a smile.

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            David Bowie and Bing Crosby — “Little Drummer Boy/“Peace on Earth)”

            In 1977, the modern art-rock star and the old-school silky-voiced crooner joined forces in one of the most unexpectedly successful duets of all time. This famed medley of "Little Drummer Boy" and "Peace on Earth" is not only one of Bowie's most commercially successful songs in his storied career, but it marked one of the last vocal recordings Crosby ever made—having been recorded a month before his death.

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            Lizzo — “Never Felt Like Christmas”

            When the old Christmas love songs won’t cut it, there’s always this one from Lizzo. And in true Lizzo form, she doesn’t mince words when it comes to capturing those who feel bitter about Christmas feels.

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            The Carpenters — “Sleigh Ride”

            Ah yes, classic cheesy Christmas schmaltz from The Carpenters. It must be December.

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            Fitz & the Tantrums — “Santa Stole My Lady”

            Christmas sucks for the brokenhearted. We've all been there. Might as well make the best of it with this Fitz & the Tantrums soul ballad.

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            The Killers — “Don’t Shoot Me, Santa"

            This Killers song is for the true lovers of alternative Christmas tracks. Also, the thought Santa as a low-key criminal is pretty funny (and the plot of Bad Santa).

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            Ariana Grande — “Wit It This Christmas”

            This 2015 song features the lyrics “Are you down for some of these milk and cookies?,” which is really the only way anyone should ever address Santa Claus.

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            Julie Andrews — “My Favorite Things”

            Though it wasn't specifically intended to be one, "My Favorite Things," has become a Christmas song. Yes, over the years there have been many covers—like one from Kelly Clarkson—but Julie Andrews will always be the OG.

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            Barbra Streisand — "Jingle Bells?"

            In 1967, Barbra Streisand recorded “A Christmas Album,” which included “Jingle Bells?,” sung at such a fast pace it’ll get your heart rate going as effectively as a quick jaunt around the block.

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            John Lennon and Yoko Ono — “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

            This is about as political as a Christmas song gets. This 1971 song was inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s protest against America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

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            Celine Dion — “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

            And if you want an updated—though pointedly less political version—there's Celine Dion's cover. What it lacks in politics it makes up with 100 percent more Celine.

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            Dolly Parton – "Hard Candy Christmas"

            Dolly’s entry into the great holiday songbook wasn’t even initially intended for Christmas. As a bit of a showender for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the soundtrack version is a solo performance from Parton. Her version was co-opted into the melancholy Christmas single-anthem that is pro-getting drunk on apple wine.

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            Judy Garland – "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

            If this isn’t on your Christmas playlist, it’s a tragedy. While “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” has been recorded more times than probably any of us can count, it’s the emotional Judy Garland version from Meet Me in St. Louis that stands above the rest.

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            Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan – "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings"

            Fun fact: Barenaked Ladies came out with a Christmas album. More fun fact: the best song on it is the irresistible harmony between the band and McLachlan, whose angelic voice lends itself perfectly to anything to do with Christmas.

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            Kelly Clarkson – "Underneath the Tree"

            Kelly loves a bop, and “Underneath the Tree” is just happy, Christmas noise. While her album Wrapped in Red is a testament that Clarkson should throw her hat in the ring for all I ll be home for the holidays music, this one is just especially fun.

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            Sia – "Puppies Are Forever"

            Sia’s foray into the holiday album space is as off the wall as you might imagine it might be, but at the top of that heap of silly is “Puppies Are Forever.” Outside of being saccharine to the point of giving you a cavity, it’s an earworm that you’ll undoubtedly be humming an hour after listening.

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            Sufjan Stevens – "Auld Lang Syne"

            Sufjan Stevens’s take on what most people know as the song that plays at New Years is a folksy banjo-laden track that feels simplified and stripped down in the same way you’d imagine a big group of friends would perform it at their own New Years party.

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            The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl – "Fairytale of New York"

            If you could imagine a British Celtic punk band coming out with a Christmas song, it’s probably going to be “Fairytale of New York.” What starts out as a slow jam moves into full Irish vibes about a minute in. With the exception of one ~problematic~ line, “Fairytale of New York” is a drunken beautiful mess of an ode to Christmas.

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            Kacey Musgraves – "Christmas Makes Me Cry"

            Musgraves’s 2016 holiday album, A Very Kacey Christmas, is a late entry into the canon, but it’s entirely deserving. Especially this cut, which hones in on the nuanced pain that the annual event can cause.

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            The Crystals – "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"

            Off the best Christmas album of all time, A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector, the New York girl group logs this ebullient holiday party jam that will get even Grinch to twist it out on the dance floor.

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            Elvis Presley – "Blue Christmas"

            Elvis’ Christmas Album is, arguably, the best testament to the King’s artistic interests of all his albums as it masterfully tackles rockabilly, gospel, country, pop, and gospel across its 12 tracks. The most enduring cut, though, is the equal parts woeful and hopeful “Blue Christmas.” Give it a listen and you’ll see why.

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            Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – "Jingle Bells"

            “Jingle Bells” is hardly the grooviest of all holiday songs, but the soul legend’s trusty backing outfit revamped the familiar tune in new, delicate, Motown-inspired ways.

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            The Beach Boys – "Santa's Beard"

            One of six original cuts on the group’s 1964 holiday LP—the aptly-titled Beach Boys’ Christmas Album—”Santa’s Beard” is the darkly funny tale of Mike Love taking his younger brother to the mall to meet Santa. When the kid tugs that fake facial hair right off, his life is changed forever.

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            Bing Crosby – "White Christmas"

            The ultimate Christmas song and a masterclass in stately, elegant singing. They don’t make them like this anymore—Crosby released the dreamy ballad in lack of exercise and obesity in america makes enjoying this each year even more necessary.

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            Ella Fitzgerald – "Winter Wonderland"

            Few do it as well as the First Lady of Jazz. Case in point: Her delightful, swinging take on the holiday classic “Winter Wonderland.” A necessary addition for every holiday dinner’s playlist.

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            Willie Nelson – "Pretty Paper"

            Penned by Nelson but originally released by Roy Orbison in 1963, “Pretty Paper” is one of the finest songs ever crafted. (Nelson recorded his own version for his 1979 holiday LP.) A spacious ballad, it tells the story of a street vendor hustling to sell pencils and, yes, pretty paper during the holiday season. It’ll warm your heart and bring a tear to your eye, all at once.

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            Louis Armstrong – "Cool Yule"

            This Steve Allen-penned Christmas track has gotten a lot of play over the years, bur Satchmo's inaugural version still stands above the rest.

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            Donny Hathaway – "This Christmas"

            The R&B legend's 1970 Yuletide tune is a lightly funky bounce that revels in the holiday season's possibility.

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            The Kinks – "Father Christmas"

            The cheeky Britpoppers' class-conscious Christmas rave-up cloaks its serious message about the haves and the have-nots in a letter to Santa. .

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            Slade – "Merry Christmas Everybody"

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            Billy Squier – "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You"

            The arena rocker's sweet ode to the Yuletide spirit imprinted itself on a generation when it doubled as the de facto Christmas card from the then-fledgeling MTV to its viewers.

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            Wham! – "Last Christmas"

            The greatest pop singer of the '80s turns his holiday heartache into snowy synthpop.

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            Darlene Love – "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"

            Yuletide longing spins into pop gold for a 1960s pop doyenne.

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            Mariah Carey – "All I Want for Christmas Is You"

            Mimi's entry into the Christmas canon is filled with flirtatious coos, beltable verses, and girl-group harmonies.

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            The Ronettes – "Frosty the Snowman"

            Pop's preeminent bad girl Ronnie Spector shows off her winter-wonderland spirit.

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            Bruce Springsteen – "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"

            One of the most buoyant takes on this ode to Father Christmas features Bruce Springsteen playfully needling his bandmates about their behavior over the past year and a joyous sax solo by Clarence Clemons.

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            Ramones – "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)"

            Queens' punk-rock royalty offers up a speedy plea for Christmas peace on the domestic front.

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            Alvin & The Chipmunks – "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)"

            A divisive track, to be sure, but you're probably bluffing if you don't crack a smile when singing along with Alvin's wishes for a "hooooo-laaaaa-hoooooop."

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            Daryl Hall & John Oates – "Jingle Bell Rock"

            Bobby Helms's 1957 celebration of Christmas rock is well-trod territory, but Hall & Oates' blue-eyed soul version is a cut above its peers.

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            Madonna – "Santa Baby"

            Madonna was in full-on ˆ mode for this cover of Eartha Kitt's fireside seduction, all hiccuping flirtation and winking vamps.

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            The Darkness – "Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)"

            British glam bands from Wizzard to Slade have caught the Christmas spirit, but the outré absurdity of this retro-minded outfit provides a particularly sweet Yuletide thrill.

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            Run-DMC – "Christmas in Hollis"

            Flipping "Jingle Bells" into a story of the holiday season in Queens, this track isn't just one of the greatest Christmas raps—it's one of the best 20th-century holiday songs.

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            Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – "Please Come Home for Christmas"

            A fiery take on Charles Brown's brokenhearted love song from the much-missed soul revivalist.

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            The Jackson 5 – "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"

            Young Michael Jackson turns in one of his most joyous early performances, which is saying a lot given the ebullience quotient of his other Jackson 5 offerings.

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            The Temptations – "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

            Picking one track off these soul titans' 1970 Christmas album is harder than choosing between rum and bourbon for your eggnog, so let's just go with its opener.

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            John Denver & The Muppets – "Christmas Is Coming"

            The delightful collaboration between the "Rocky Mountain High" singer and Jim Henson's band of misfit puppets is full of highlights, but the album's calypso-flavored version of this Yuletide nursery rhyme features a particularly giggle-worthy star turn from Miss Piggy.

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            Paul McCartney – "Wonderful Christmastime"

            An upbeat trifle about having fun around the holidays that showcases the former Beatle's silly side.

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            Al Green and Annie Lennox – "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"

            The grain of the Reverend Al's voice and the slickness of the Eurythmics singer's belt on this Jackie DeShannon cover make for a glorious combination.

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            The Waitresses – "Christmas Wrapping"

            Chance meetings with cute guys in the supermarket are the stuff Yuletide fairytales are made of—especially when they're set to bubbly, sax-powered New Wave.

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            Sesame Street Cast – "Keep Christmas With You All Through the Year"

            The 1978 special Christmas Eve on Sesame Street represents the educational show at its finest, and this original track about holding on to the Christmas spirit year-round still tugs at the heartstrings.

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            Otis Redding – "Merry Christmas Baby"

            Otis's blazing version of this R&B Yuletide classic is spine-tingling nearly 50 years after its recording.

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            Elton John – "Step Into Pnc bank routing number cleveland ohio outsized personality and his signature holiday track's rollicking feel make for a joyous occasion.

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            Stevie Wonder – "Someday at Christmas"

            Stevie Wonder's plea for Yuletide peace (which he recently covered with Andra Day) has extra relevance in troubled times.

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            Lloyd – "She's All I Want for Christmas"

            A new entry in the Christmas canon, this R&B rave-up showcases a Michael Jackson-channeling performance from one of Atlanta's best new soul singers.

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            Bob Rivers – "The Twelve Pains of Christmas"

            Goofy Christmas tracks are in no short supply, but this perky rundown of the holiday's more hellish aspects has a relatable moment for everyone, from crying kids to hangover shakes.

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            Vince Guaraldi Trio – "Christmas Time Is Here"

            Seasonally appropriate melancholia from A Charlie Brown Christmas, which is still the greatest animated salute to the spirit of the season.

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            ‘You’ll be Home for Christmas’ on HGTV Dec. 18

            You’ll be Home for Christmas starts on HGTV Dec. 18 at 10 p.m. ET. Star of the show is Albie Mushaney, an Oregon real estate agent, bodybuilder and Santa impersonator who helps first-time home buyers find their dream home in time for the holidays. 

            “Alongside his festive family, Albie will make the houses extra ‘ho-ho-home-y’ by adding special seasonal touches like a fully decorated tree with gifts underneath, stockings hung on the chimney and freshly baked cookies and hot cocoa welcoming them at the door,” said HGTV. 

            HGTV also premieres Surprising Santa Claus, with Lara Spencer visiting Santa Claus, Indiana, on Christmas Day. 

            “We had a blast creating these new holiday shows because they are filled with entertaining, unexpected personalities, humorous situations and showstopping Christmas miracles that will put everyone in a happy holiday spirit,” said Jane Latman, president, HGTV. “At this time of the year, we want to enjoy the magic, be entertained and have some fun.”

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            Who Sang It Best? "I'll Be Home for Christmas"

            Music enthusiast FlourishAnyway introduces some fun competition into the holidays by ranking cover versions of popular Christmas songs.

            Homesickness at Christmastime

            Miles may stand between friends, families, and lovers during the Christmas season, but the heart transcends. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" might seem like a straightforward enough tune. The narrator of the song can't make it home for the holidays and longs for traditions and togetherness with loved ones. This song is a love letter to those he or she yearns to reconnect with. It's a dose of melancholy, memories, and forward-looking anticipation.

            Since its original release in 1943, the holiday classic is one that has adapted along with time, its audience, and the artist expressing themselves. Initially, the song was intended for World War II era soldiers pining for home. Now, it encompasses all manners of situations that keep people apart during the joyful season.

            Artists over the years have adapted the song's lyrics in ways both minor and substantive. Here are several examples:

            • Carly Simon changed the lyrics to reflect divorce
            • depending on the singer, the narrator wishes for presents "by," "under," "for," or "on" the tree and assures the listener that they can either "count" or "plan" on them
            • the boy band In Real Life added a reference to Santa.

            Additionally, several popular renditions of this song include a dreamlike introductory verse by the original songwriter (rather than starting with the cold open lyrics, "I'll be home for Christmas"):

            I am dreaming tonight of a place I love
            Even more than I usually do
            And although I know it’s a long road back
            I promise you.

            I bet if you've never noticed these differences, you will now.

            From country to pop to heavy metal, artists of various genres have recorded "I'll Be Home for Christmas" with varying degrees of success. Do you ever wonder, "Who sang it best?" Here's your chance to step up and compare their efforts on this enduring classic.

            "Who Sang It Best?": Here's How It Works

            With many artists singing the same Christmas tunes, the sleigh has become overloaded. Let's rank them and cross some off the list.

            In the "Who Sang It Best?" series, we start with the original version of popular songs that have been covered multiple times. Then we present a set of contenders, artists who have released cover versions in any genre. Some cover versions honor the original artist's style while others are reinterpretations.

            Since the original song version is typically considered "the standard," we don't include it in our overall rankings. Instead, we display it first for comparison, with up to 14 contenders presented next in ranked order. Vote on your preferences:

            • Do you prefer the original song or a cover version?
            • Which of the cover versions do you prefer?

            The Classic Song

            "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Bing Crosby (1943)

            After Bing Crosby hit it big with "White Christmas" in 1942, the crooner wondered how to follow up his global success. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" was the encore song he eagerly sought. It took the musical form of a letter home, authored by a wartime soldier, informing his family to prepare Christmas with all the trimmings—snow, mistletoe, and 1st financial bank student credit card application. Toward the end i ll be home for the holidays the song, the narrator regretfully qualifies his homecoming. He'll be home alongside them perhaps in his dreams only.

            This sentimental message resonated with soldiers and civilians alike who were separated from loved ones by a long and bitter Second World War. At the time, there could be no way of truly knowing how many more years the war would last and whether the Allies would prevail. The year 1943 saw the fall of Mussolini's Fascist regime in Italy and the defeat of Axis forces in North Africa. However, Hitler survived another assassination attempt.

            There was certainly no guarantee at the time that soldiers would ever see another Christmas back home with their families again. For this reason, the BBC banned the song from broadcast in spite of its tremendous popularity with American troops. They thought it would deflate morale. Ultimately, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" became one of the most recorded ballads of the holiday season.

            Bing Crosby's version is calming and authoritative, emotionally reserved, even if a bit stuffy. Stringed instruments softly uplift and set the stage that he's daydreaming. Consummate professional that he was, this original version of the song is hard to beat. Can any of the cover versions do it better?

            Reader Poll

            The Contenders

            Cover Versions in Ranked Order

            1. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Rascal Flatts (2008)

            Once you get past the unnecessary small talk in the introduction of this video (skip to 0:20), whoa, is this song ever pure bliss! Rascal Flatts is a country music powerhouse that was formed in 1999 from two second cousins (Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus) plus a stand-in guitarist (Joe Don Rooney). In 2006, the trio became the top-selling group in any music genre. They now boast more than a dozen number one country singles and seven Top 40 country/pop crossover hits—and counting.

            In their poignant rendition of "I'll Be Home for Christmas," these three fellas don't need the distraction of instruments. They rely on the strength of their raw, emotional vocals. The voices of the three singers blend in phenomenal harmony, adding layers and texture to one another. This version is sure to make you long for loved ones you miss at the holidays.

            2. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by The Carpenters (1978)

            In this particularly mellow version of the song, Karen Carpenter's voice floats magically through the lyrics, taking on an ethereal quality. She is supported by a bevy of background vocalists that echo her wistful sentiments for home and give the song a yesteryear quality; it wells fargo atencion al cliente internacional much like those variety shows that were popular in the 1970s. The Carpenters include the optional introductory lyrics.

            Ironically, Karen Carpenter's home life was filled with angst, i ll be home for the holidays her mother considerably favored her brother, Richard. Known for their squeaky clean image, The Carpenters won three Grammy Awards and were granted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The siblings, however, battled hidden demons that came with their success. Richard struggled with an addiction to Quaaludes, and in 1983, Karen died at 32 years old of heart failure connected to her long battle with anorexia. She was one of the first public faces of eating disorders.

            3. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Home Free (2010)

            Home Free is an a capella group with a country focus that was formed in 2000. Here, in their version of "I'll Be Home for Christmas," they nail just the right amount of nostalgia and yearning for home required for this tune. Rather than delivering something sappy or dour, their version is sentimental without being over-the-top either way. The lead vocals provided by Rob Lunquist are particularly angelic, with the remaining Home Free members harmonizing around him perfectly to achieve a daydream effect.

            Structured like a barbershop quartet, in 2013 Home Free won the fourth season of NBC's The Sing-Off, the year after Pentatonix garnered so much attention. This holiday song was released prior to Home Free's "big break" and they, therefore, may appear less polished. However, they are at least as talented as Pentatonix. For a particularly noteworthy Christmas song by Home Free, try "Angels We Have Heard On High."

            4. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Kelly Clarkson (2011)

            Now this is someone who convincingly misses distant family members at the holidays. Backed by brass instruments in a jazz-influenced pop version, Kelly Clarkson provides a spirited and energetic performance. Her voice soars and she leans into the lyrics emotionally, as if she's genuinely separated from someone she loves at Christmas. You can feel the aching in her voice, yet she stays hopeful, like she'll be FaceTiming loved ones later.

            5. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Pentatonix (2016)

            If you want an especially perky version of this holiday classic, opt for the one by Pentatonix. It's filled with enthusiasm and hope that the narrators will be reunited with distant family and friends just in time for Christmas Eve. They probably should have dialed down the elation, considering that the lyrics emphasize "if only in my dreams."

            The vocals of Pentatonix's five young members harmonize smoothly and will leave you wondering whether they truly are a capella, they're that talented. Named after the pentatonic music scale with five notes per octave, the group was formed in 2011 when they won the third season of NBC's The Sing-Off. The singers met just the day prior to auditioning for the show. Now, after billions of YouTube views and multiple Grammy Awards, they've taken minimalist vocals-only music mainstream and have completed several successful world tours.

            6. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Johnny Mathis (1958)

            Johnny Mathis' version is slow and dreamlike, as if the narrator is lost in thought regarding friends and family back home and all the holiday activities he's missing. He includes the introductory lyrics instead of starting with the line, "I'm be home for Christmas."

            The orchestra makes this rendition sound dainty, almost like the theme from Bambi. Although his words aren't 100% clear in places ("And presents on the tree"), Johnny Mathis registers a more than adequate effort at this wistful Christmas song.

            7. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Michael Bublé (2003)

            Not everyone can make it home for the holidays, but the way Michael Bublé executes this song will pique your concern for his mental health. I mean, is it is safe to leave him alone on Christmas?

            On the positive side, the quality of his voice is solid, he enunciates his words, and he adeptly shifts from low to high notes. However, his version is somber and a little sleepy. It drags and suggests images of holiday depression. You can easily envision the narrator drinking his Christmas Day away in bed. Having no presents or holiday decorations, he pulls up the covers and perhaps wakes only to eat Chinese takeout. What a bummer.

            8. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Lady Antebellum (2012)

            Lady Antebellum offers a standard take on this Christmas classic with no real creative twists, so you get what you're accustomed to hearing with no surprises. But don't get me wrong, as I'm not knocking predictable.

            Although the lead vocals are a little flat in places and there's an occasional pained high note, the heavenly harmony of the vocal duo more than compensates. The Grammy Award-winning group has been popular with country audiences, and Lady Antebellum has also seen its music cross over to pop charts in recent years (e.g., "I Need You Now," "Just a Kiss").

            9. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Elvis Presley (1957)

            The King of Rock and Roll gives this Christmas classic a hubba hubba quality, much like he does with "Blue Christmas." He sings of "snew" and "mess-EL-toe" using unusual voice inflections. Then he garbles the following lines so that they are indistinguishable:

            Christmas Eve will find me
            Where the love light leads.

            His voice was a superb instrument, but Elvis recorded this Yuletide number early in his career and it's obvious that he was still trying to harness the unusual power of his gift.

            10. I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Doris Day (1964)

            With a simple sweetness and girl-next-door aura to her, Doris Day sings of missing home. True, she was in her early 40s when this was released, and in the 1960s when she recorded this song her reputation as a wholesome all-American girl became that of America's oldest virgin.

            In "I'll Be Home for Christmas," Day retains the i ll be home for the holidays to her voice even in the face of being separated from loved ones at Christmas. Her volume, however, trails off considerably with the line, "If only in my dreams." I found the song to be overproduced and lacking somewhat in spontaneity and emotional depth. If you're looking for a superior Doris Day Christmas song, consider instead "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" or "Silver Bells."

            11. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Al Green (1983)

            You can sing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" a lot of different ways, but Al Green manages to accomplish what few others have. He sexualizes it as an R&B tune. The man has been lauded as having a "basic animal appeal to women," and perhaps he just can't help himself. You be the judge.

            Al Green starts off with the additional lyrics and adopts a special anguish to his voice to convey it's his main squeeze he's missing—certainly not family or a platonic friend. Although the narrator is certainly in a degree of pain, you can be sure he's undressing her in his mind. In spite of being a holiday song, this version has a bit of bow chicka wow wow vibe to it that will make you feel um. a bit naughty.

            Al Green was once a pop and soul superstar with hits like "Let's Stay Together." In 1974, at the height of his success, a married girlfriend burst into the bathroom at his residence while the singer was in the tub. She threw hot grits on him then used his gun to die by suicide. Green took this tragic incident as a wake-up call to change his life, increasingly concentrating on his religious life and gospel music.

            12. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Whitney Houston (2003)

            Whitney Houston was a talented songbird with a four-octave range, but this holiday ditty is not her best work. After suffering a career decline and struggling with drugs and alcohol, Houston released a Christmas album to mixed reviews. Sadly, this tune showcases a pop superstar past her prime. The songstress begins with the additional verse but fails to enunciate some words (e.g., "Chrizzmus") as she floods this rendition with so much vibrato it distracts the listener. Listen to how she draws out "if only" in this song.

            Vocally and personally, her Christmas album seemed to be a beginning of the end for her. She accidentally drowned in a bathtub in 2012, with cocaine and heart disease as contributing factors.

            13. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Twisted Sister (2006)

            They took a creative risk. Dare to be different with this 2006 heavy metal number from Twister Sister's holiday album, A Twisted Christmas. While it's not terrible, it is heavy on blaring electric guitars, but what do you expect from the band that gave us "We're Not Gonna Take It" back in their 1980s heyday? (Decades later, I still consider that jam freaking awesome.)

            Twisted Sister's version of this song may not be traditional, but I bet not all of your family members are either. Am I right?

            14. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by She Him

            You can rename this version, "Debbie Downer sings 'I'll Be Home for Christmas.'" There is absolutely nothing festive about it. It's as if the narrator is mentally skipping forward to the bleak days of January to ruminate about bills and bad dietary habits.

            Zooey Deschanel trudges through her vocals with such a somber heart that she almost sounds like she's singing in slow-mo. You can sadly yearn to be with a significant other who is miles away this Christmas, but is sounding this emotionally miserable necessary? Just don't. It'll only make you feel worse.

            Readers Weigh In

            Reader Poll: Your Favorite Cover Version

            © 2019 FlourishAnyway

            Comments

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 06, 2020:

            Peggy Woods - Thanks so much for stopping by this Christmas article in March. I divide up the polls into original vs. cover version (since most people prefer the original) and then have a separate poll just for the covers.

            Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 04, 2020:

            This was a journey down memory lane listening to so many of these singers who are now gone. Thanks for the memories! Since you did not have Bing Crosby in your poll, I voted for Johnny Mathis, but it was a difficult choice since I liked so many of them!

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 21, 2019:

            Audrey - Thanks for chiming in! She does have a lovely voice. Sad that she her disease got the best of her before help could be had.

            Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on July 21, 2019:

            There are some good versions of this song by great singers but my favorite without question are the Carpenters.

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2019:

            Dora - I could just imagine you listening to the version by Twisted Sister! I like to present creative versions that people may not have heard alongside the popular ones just to mix it up a little. Johnny Mathis does have a unique sound, everlasting. Have a wonderful weekend!

            Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 28, 2019:

            Difficult to choose a favorite. I like Johnny Mathis' unique voice and I also like the Pentatonix in every song they sing. Sure, in the spirit of the season, I would like any one who sang it at Christmas.

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2019:

            Linda - Thanks for listening and reading. I find it nice to take a break and think about Christmas even in the heat of late June.

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2019:

            Nell - Thank you for weighing in! Have a great weekend!

            Nell Rose from England on June 28, 2019:

            My favourite has to be the Carpenters, followed by Elvis. Great hub!

            Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 27, 2019:

            This article has started me thinking about Christmas and its meaning. It's certaining a special time of year. Some of the song versions that you've shared and described sound lovely. I would find it hard to choose a winner.

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 27, 2019:

            Liz - You're right. I learn so much when researching not only the song histories but also the artists.

            Liz Westwood from UK on June 27, 2019:

            I had no idea that this song had been covered so many times. The mark of a true classic is to be still considered relevant many years after it was first written.

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 27, 2019:

            Bill - She was the better half of The Carpenters and died way too soon.

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 27, 2019:

            Linda - I was surprised they interpreted being separated from a loved one as a happy thing. Odd indeed.

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 27, 2019:

            Pamela - I'm trying to do a few Christmas articles during the off-season since it takes a while to gain traction for the articles and I don't have a lot of time during the holidays. Surprisingly, they do okay during the rest of the year. I think people miss the warm feelings and togetherness that is common that time of year.

            Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 27, 2019:

            Flourish, some of these are wonderful, many are meh, and a few are simply dreadful. I've never seen this as a bouncy happy song (Pentatonix you disappointed me). However, I'm a sucker for acapella singing so I've got to give saddleback church food pantry up to Home Free.

            Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 27, 2019:

            I usually go with the original, and I remember the Crosby version quite well, but I'll have to go with The Carpenters on this one. That angel had such a pure voice!

            Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 27, 2019:

            I wasn't expecting a Christmas collection, but I have always loved Christmas songs. I like Bing Crosby, and I really liked the Carpenters. Rascal Flatts was much better than I expected also.

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 26, 2019:

            Heidi - I didn't realize we're that close to Christmas! I had a number of back burner articles I wanted to get to ahead of the holidays so I thought Christmas in June -- sure, why not? Karen Carpenter had such a beautiful voice and such low self-esteem. The more I read about her brother and mother, the more obvious it was how some of the family dynamics played into her eating disorder. (Richard was the clear favorite.) She got down to 77 pounds at one point and when she'd come on stage audiences would gasp. I remember seeing her on the tabloid front covers with sensational headlines, unfortunately. So tragic.

            Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on June 26, 2019:

            For me, the whole Carpenters Christmas album is a classic. Karen's voice made any of the songs sound good. Another talent gone too soon.

            My two fave alternate contenders would be Johnny Mathis and Elvis.

            And I see you posted this exactly 6 months 'til Christmas. Only 182 shopping days left! :)

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            Every year I fight it. The Christmas songs speak of joyous sleigh rides, happy journeys to Grandma’s home in the woods, jingling bells, and a jolly season. Commercials show everyone smiling as the turkey comes to the table, and families ripping open presents and hugging each other. All is merry and bright.

            And once again, I want to believe it to be true.

            I wrap the presents, drive to my family Christmas dinner, and walk in the door… to be greeted by the same people who have the same hang-ups and issues as every year. Same personality conflicts. Same old baggage. Hardly a greeting card moment.

            After a few hours, as I drive home, my shoulders slump. I fight the tears from clouding the view beyond my windshield. Why did I hope it would be different?

            I am not alone. Many of us develop unreasonable expectations about the holidays and family gatherings. In an article entitled, Do Holiday Expectations Cause You Angst? 12 Ways to Help, Karyl McBride offers 12 approaches to viewing this holiday season differently.

            Why did I hope this holiday would be different?

            She states that we cannot control how others react. We shouldn’t expect people to change overnight and become these happy, loving souls with no hang-ups, past hurts, or grudges. Nor can we become that way.

            McBride goes on to point out that the real value isn’t so much the money we spend on gifts, but it is the time and energy we invest in the people we buy them for. That is of great worth. She also allows us to give ourselves a present ― to not take the blame for others’ responses i ll be home for the holidays long as our intent is good-natured. She says to give ourselves permission to step away if someone is negatively affecting us with their toxic attitude.

            And if the holiday brings on painful memories, such as a loss of a loved one, McBride proposes we should allow those feelings to surface and deal with them gently so we can heal. Ignoring them or shoving them down will only lead to trouble later.

            I want to take it a step further and not make it all about me and my expectations. I have decided to concentrate less on my desire for the holidays to morph into my imagined perfection and instead approach my time with the family with an open mind. I’ve decided not to let anyone push my buttons, but I also won’t offer them any buttons to push.

            When it gets right down to it, I will only see some of my family members a few hours each year. Why not make that time the best it can be? Why allow myself to be hurt and disappointed? Or worse, hurt or disappoint someone else.

            I cannot expect my family to change, but I can change my view of my family.

            Family members can bring out the worst in us, but they can also bring out the best. Whether we have a bad history with them or a good one, it is history all the same. Common experiences can be a bonding factor. Or they can drive us apart. It is really our choice how we react.

            None of us are perfect. Every family has some dysfunction because we are all human. And while, as the saying goes, you can’t pick your family, let’s face facts. We have been given them to love. So maybe we need to extend a bit of grace. Many people do not have family, or have broken all ties. They have let walls build up that are almost impossible to break down.

            As the holidays approach, I have decided I want to use my bricks ― the things that make me who I am ― to build bridges, not walls. In fact, I want to do this all year round, not just during the time when tinsel drapes the walls and wrapping paper clutters the floor.

            For each member of my family, I will find one positive thing to replace the history of negativity — intentionally choose to put aside the unresolved hurt feelings or the personality quirks that usually drive me up the wall. I’ll embrace each person in love and tolerance. No matter how they respond to me.

            That decisive attitude, even though it can’t be put in a box and wrapped with a bow, may be the best gift I can give to my family and to myself.

            If you are wary of being with your family or are feeling lonely this season, why not talk with a confidential mentor through the connect form below? You don't have to journey alone.




            This article was written by: Julie Cosgrove

            Photo Credit: Sheri Terris

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            One of Canadian-born country artist Meghan Patrick's favorite Christmas songs is particularly apt this year. The singer is releasing her version of the classic "I'll Be Home for Christmas" -- premiering exclusively on The Boot -- ahead of a holiday season she likely won't be spending her family.

            Bing Crosby made "I'll Be Home for Christmas" famous in 1943 -- the height of World War II -- when he recorded the Kim Gannon and Walter Kent-written song, sung from a soldier's point of view. Patrick heard the song often during her childhood, and as she's grown up, lived away from home and become a touring artist, she's more deeply connected to its emotions.

            "Growing up, my mom always went all out with decorations, food, music and traditions at Christmastime . As someone who moved out of my parents' house pretty young, and has spent a lot of time on the road and touring since, going home for Christmas was always something I really looked forward to," Patrick tells The Boot. "In light of this year’s challenges with COVID, and knowing that some people (myself included) may not be able to go home to be with their family because of it, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” seemed like the perfect choice, to give everyone a bit of nostalgic hope leading up the holidays."

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            A Bowmansville, Ontario, native, Patrick grew up hunting, fishing and mountain biking, and with dreams of becoming a professional snowboarder. However, after she broke her back and collarbone and suffered a concussion in a fall on the slopes, she started songwriting while recovering and decided to go to school to pursue music.

            An opera program wasn't a good fit, so she switched to a jazz program -- still not quite i ll be home for the holidays, so she dropped out and started touring with a bluegrass group. “Right before that band ended, we got invited to play this huge country music festival in Ontario. That was my first exposure to country fans in a large setting like that, and I fell in love with the atmosphere immediately. I felt so seen and understood by that audience, like I naturally related to them and they related to me," Patrick recalls.

            Now signed to Warner Music Canada, Patrick has released two albums and an EP, and has scored several Top 10 singles in her native Canada, including the No. 1 single "Walls Come Down." She's a back-to-back CCMA Female Artist of the Year winner and a Juno Award winner, and is now signed to Riser House Records in the United States.

            "My First Car" is Patrick's debut single in the States. She now lives full-time in Nashville.

            Listen to Meghan Patrick's Version of "I'll Be Home for Christmas":

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            Источник: https://theboot.com/meghan-patrick-ill-be-home-for-christmas-cover/

            Each year, base facilities partially close down for the holiday season, or Block Leave. Thousands of service members will fill area airports awaiting flights to their hometowns. Often times, due to limited resources and transportation schedules, service members will spend upwards of 6 hours, and occasionally spend the night, at USO welcome centers before boarding their outbound flights.

            Operation I’ll be Home for the Holidays provides a sense of comfort for service members at our Norfolk International Airport, Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, and Richmond International Airport. While the task of providing a home away from home for troops in such large numbers seem daunting, staff and volunteers for the USO are unphased, serving our military around the clock from the second they step into our comfort centers til they board their flights. With the support of local businesses and organizations like ADS Inc., Dunkin’, Coca-Cola Consolidated, Papa John’s, and MORE, we offer meals, snacks, entertainment, and a place to rest their head at our comfort centers.

            To find out how you can support Operation I’ll be home for the holidays, email us at [email protected]

            See how we’ve made an imapact: https://hrcv.uso.org/stories/22

            Источник: https://hrcv.uso.org/programs/operation-i-ll-be-home-for-the-holidays-block-leave

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