Day 5: Discover New Holiday Music

“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” ~ E.Y. Harburg

Create a Christmas Playlist

Discover a new favorite Christmas song/rendition. Go to Pandora.com and Genius will generate a customized playlist full of Christmas classics and new releases. And the best part, it's free!

Handel's Messiah

Even though it was first written for Easter in April 1742, Handel's Messiah has become essential to the Christmas season. To listen to the full two-hour masterpiece performed by the "Fabulous Philadelphians" — one of the world's great orchestras -- and the nationally-renowned Philadelphia Singers Chorale, click here.

Christmas Carol Fun Facts

Red Nose, Warm Heart, Big Bucks
There are more than 140 million recordings of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by 500 different performers. Gene Autry’s version has sold 12 million copies, making “Rudolph” the second biggest selling Christmas song. Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is #1.

Too Cool to Be Hot
“A Christmas Song” was written in 1944 by Mel Torme and Robert Wells on a sweltering summer day by the pool. Similarly, Leroy Anderson wrote “Sleigh Ride” during a heat wave in August of 1948.

Downer, Dude!
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was made famous by Judy Garland in 1944. The original version began grimly with, "Have yourself a merry little Christmas, it may be your last." She hated those five words, so the lyrics were changed to, "let your heart be light." The Garland version also contains the line “but ‘till then we’ll have to muddle through some how,” which in all later versions of the song was changed to “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.”

For more Christmas carol facts, please visit caroloke.com.

Free Christmas Download

Three lovely ladies met while singing in a fireside and have since become the musical trio Mercy River. Click here to enjoy a free download of one of their Christmas songs.

After all this talk of new Christmas music,
What is your all-time favorite Christmas song, and by which artist? Leave a comment below.

Do you listen to Christmas music before or after Thanksgiving?

All year long

Do you go Christmas caroling?

I go every year
No, I don't go
I've been once or twice
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