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You’ve got them, we all do.  Those really bad cheesy Christmas tunes that fill the airwaves come December that you secretly love?  You might try to blow them off publicly with a  good eye roll, but score a little alone time in the minivan and you know you’re cranking them up and crooning along at top volume.

Cheesy Christmas Music

Ring those bells! I’m singing along with these cheesy tunes.

When the very witty, very cool, looks-so-sophisticated-with-a-wine-glass-in-hand (seriously, check out her profile pic) Kim of The Fordeville Diaries shared her idea to do a Christmas Music Confessional, I was so in.  I am a sold-out Christmas music dork.  If I wasn’t pretty sure my husband would divorce me, I would crank the tunes out year-round.  I’d like to keep him around, so I limit myself to the holiday season, but believe me, I get my fill during these precious few weeks.

I’m not even sure where to start because there are too many that I love, and I know you potentially have things more important to do than reading the longest blog post in history about my favorite Christmas songs?  So I’ll limit myself to listing 6 of the cheesiest, most corny tunes that I am crushing on during this festive time.  Here’s what’s rocking my playlist:

1. “Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses.  Hands down, my favorite.  It’s just so darn punchy and poppy, I instantly start to chair dance a whenever it comes on.  I’m not even entirely sure what this song is about.  I know there is a girl who is feeling the holiday hustle and bustle (relatable) that keeps trying to connect with a guy she’s interested in (sweet), so it works.   Let the bouncing in my seat commence.

2.  “Last Christmas”.  You love it or you hate it.  I love it, and it’s gotta be the Wham! version.  Taylor Swift, you are adorable, but it’s has to be the original if I’m going to get all sappy sad about unrequited love over the holidays.  As I sway in the driver’s seat on the way to preschool drop off, I  just keep cross-finger hoping George Michael finds his “someone special”.

3. “Snoopy’s Christmas” by the Royal Guardsman.  When it gets to the chorus, I am belting out “Christmas Bells those Christmas bells” with the best of them.  A lifelong love of Peanuts that easily crosses generations makes this a favorite tune for parents, kids, and grandparents too.  Leaves you with a sweet warm feeling as you cheer, “go Snoopy!”.

4.“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee.  Does this conjure up the scene in Home Alone when Kevin is making all the manquins dance in front of the windows for anyone else?  This is instantly what I think of when I hear this tune, but I love that movie, so it works for me.  And the song is happy, peppy and everything I love about the holidays.  Crank it up!

5. “Do They Know It’s Christmas Time” by Band Aid.  An obvious choice, but the message is rock solid and it’s a beautiful reminder to take this time of the year to care for others.  Plus, I know all the lyrics since I’ve been hearing it non-stop for 18 years, so it makes me feel cool to be able to sing along to a song without having to make-up half the words.

6. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, the Toby Keith version.  When Toby belts out this tune, his beautiful voice is showcased in all its glory.  and is there any other song that fills you will such a perfect nostalgia for your childhood Christmases and all those sweet memories?  It has the uncanny knack of allowing you to be sad, happy, and filled with the Christmas season all at the same time.

I wish I could say I was embarassed to admit that I love these songs, but the thing is, I’m just not.  I’m proud to be a cheesy Christmas song geek and that is my Christmas Music Confessional.

Thanks for letting me play along, Kim!  Be sure to check out her list of corny songs that are topping her playlist and the lists of some of my other favorite funny bloggers.  And then crank up the radio and belt it out.  We’ve got some Christmas cheese to spread!


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Meredith blogs at The Mom of the Year, dedicatedly earning her title one epic parenting fail at a time. When her kids aren't busy pummeling each other with Legos or requiring their 16th sippy cup refill of the day, she tries to offer quick, relatable laughs for fellow parents of the world and all their empathizers. She remains entirely terrified by crafts, promises to never share any useful household tips, and is fully committed to a less serious look at the world of parenting.

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  22 Responses to “Crank Up the Christmas Cheese, I’m Singing Along”


    We keep the radio tuned to those 24 hour Christmas music stations from 12/1-12/31! :)


    I’m all about the classics, but some of the ones you rock are my favorites too! Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!! 😉


    i was just actually belting out Wham’s, Last Christmas taking Emma to pre-school today. She wanted more Santa music, but please can’t not listen to George Michael when he comes on!! So agree with you this :)


    Oh I forgot about Snoopy’s Christmas! My sister played that all the time when we were kids. Great picks — thanks for joining the confessional :)


    ha!! The Wham song was what we sang…a lot….for no obvious reasons other than George Michael!!! Nice roundup!!


    So glad to know that I’m not the only one who thinks of Home Alone when I hear “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree!” :) Why is it that that movie never gets old? I do love most of these classics, but my favorite will always be the Transiberian Orchestra at Christmas-time!


    I do have one! It’s This Christmas. I don’t know who sang it first, but Chris Brown remade it a few years ago and I LOVE it!


      Oh gosh, I love that one too! And then I felt guilty for loving it after the whole punching-Rihanna scandal broke, of course, but the song is just so darn catchy!


    What about “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”? Come on, you know you can’t stop singing it.


    I love Rocking Around the Christmas tree for the same reason! This year we put Home Alone on for our boys to try to recapture our childhood Christmas memories, but it was so much less fun to watch as a parent.


      Hadn’t thought about that, Robin. It may not be so much fun to watch as a parent–I haven’t seen it for a couple of years and really need to sit down and check it out again! Either way, I know I will definitely be dancing along to that song!


    I heard I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus yesterday, and now I’m terrified my five year old or three year old will hear it and ask for an explanation. They are already questioning Baby It’s Cold Outside.

    Great list!


    Yay! I can comment again! I love “Last Christmas” but “Do They Know it’s Christmas Time?” is my favorite cheesy song. As for the classics, “Little Drummer Boy” by Jars of Clay and “Do You Hear What I Hear?’ by Whitney Houston. Great post!


      Oooh! Jars of Clay is such good one, AnnMarie! Love that you listen to them too. Sounds like we’ve got similar taste in Christmas music, my friend!

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