Black Friday aside, the weekend after Thanksgiving signals to me that the Christmas season has officially begun. The first thing I do is move my Spode Christmas Tree dishes from my a china cabinet in my dining room into my kitchen cabinets for every-day use. (They'll go back into the china cabinet on New Year's Day.)
But aside from enjoying dishes, holiday lights and Christmas decorations, I love, love, love Christmas music. It doesn't matter whether it's secular or non-secular - but, please, no "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" or carols sung with a stutter by a Porky the Pig imitator - I love it all. This time of year my favorite radio station is 89.3 KSBJ (http://www.ksbj.org/), where they play all Christmas music the entire holiday season.
A few years ago a Chronicle colleague, Andrew Dansby, and I got into a conversation about Christmas music. He's a young hipster and I'm, well, not. But we still found that we both love the old traditional songs. He's more tech-savvy than I am, so he burned a CD for me with a bunch of great Christmas songs, song by the perfect artist for each. Here's my list of some of my holiday favorites.
1. The Christmas Song, by Nat King Cole (either the 1946 or the 1961 version)
2. White Christmas, by Bing Crosby
3. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, by Ella Fitzgerald
4. Jingle Bells, by Frank Sinatra
5. Frosty the Snowman, by Harry Connick Jr.
6. Feliz Navidad, by Jose Feliciano
7.O Little Town of Bethlehem, by Emmylou Harris
8. Away in a Manger, Johnny Mathis
9. Little Drummer Boy, by David Bowie
10. Winter Wonderland, by Tony Bennett
What songs do you like?