Cortlyn’s Winter Holiday Jams (a playlist)

I’ve been working on this playlist since the middle of November, and it’s finally time to post it! Now, playlists have been few and far between in the last few weeks. We still only have one other playlist, but we’re going to be working on making more as time goes on! Anyway, enough of my babble, you’re probably at least a little curious about why I chose these songs.

  • Cold December Night This song kinda grabbed me and ran from the first time I heard it. The Christmas season almost always begins with me playing this song on repeat for at least two hours, and that kinda makes it hard to make a Christmas playlist. I just really like the feeling of togetherness and love that the song manages to invoke in me because that’s what Christmas is about to me.
  • I’ll Be Home For Christmas I can’t remember the first time I heard this song, but it’s been one of my favorite Christmas songs for as long as I can remember. It invokes a feeling of miracles and closeness despite a physical distance and just… for some reason its such an important Christmas song to me and I can’t even begin to explain why. .
  • Shake Up Christmas We make a return to the upbeat music with this song from Train. After all, the holidays aren’t a time to be sad if you can avoid it. Part of the holiday season is happiness to me, though sometimes things can get far too stressful during the holidays. This song is just so energetic and manages to get me pumped even when I’m feeling extremely stressed out.
  • All I Want for Christmas Is You Another song that has more of a focus on the love and togetherness side of the holidays for me. I think this might be the last one i say that for, but i’m not sure. i’m kinda writing these descriptors up after choosing all the songs.
  • Santa Baby This is one of the few Christmas songs that I’ll start singing at the drop of a hat because it’s just…humorous to me. It’s a fun and romantic song as long as there’s a sense of humor about it, and it just really puts me in a good mood.
  • Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer This song is just straight up hilarious. my family spent most of the first Christmas that we heard it just laughing and singing it at each other. It really made for a memorable time. So much so that we still burst out into giggles every time we hear the song.
  • Text Me Merry Christmas This is a really cute song that makes a point of reminding people that it’s not always about being together in physical form that matters. Just being together in thoughts and emotions and letting the people who are absent from you know this is more than enough sometimes.
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside Covered by two singers that I love listening to, this song makes the list because it’s an oddly cute song. If you don’t listen to it analytically it can come off kinda creepy, but it goes deeper than that and becomes about finding reasons to stay with the one you love despite what people might whisper in the morning.
  • Sleigh Ride This is a cover of a classic Christmas song that really steps it up and makes a new bar to be reached with this particular song. It’s a fun song to listen and really hypes me up for the holiday.
  • That’s Christmas To Me A really beautiful song that I can really relate to as it corresponds to a lot of things that I feel about Christmas and the holidays in general.
  • I Don’t Wanna Spend Another Christmas Without You A really upbeat song that really illustrates to me how important being with your loved ones during Christmas in a funny, cute way. After all, ‘loved ones’ tends to include more than family.
  • Christmas Lights This song can come off as a little sad if you listen closely, but to me it extends past that. It captures the magic of Christmas and how the feelings can extend past even the heaviest of things on your soul. The holidays are more than dates to me, they’re closer to emotions and hold a magic that can never really be extinguished. The magic changes as we get older, but at the core it’s the same magic that we’ve always felt around the holidays.

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