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101 Non-Religious Christmas Songs for Your Holiday Playlist

Updated on November 13, 2017
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Having an office party or other event and need a playlist of Christmas songs that aren't religious? Or perhaps you're not Christian but want to celebrate the joy of the holiday season.  Here's a playlist of songs without mention of religion.
Having an office party or other event and need a playlist of Christmas songs that aren't religious? Or perhaps you're not Christian but want to celebrate the joy of the holiday season. Here's a playlist of songs without mention of religion. | Source

Holiday Playlists for Non-Denominational Christmastime Events

Every year I organize a Christmastime event for more than 200 people. Technically, we call it a "Holiday Bash" to be inclusive.

As much as Christians may seek to keep the Christ in Christmas, some events like this holiday social call for a playlist of Christmastime songs that focus less on Bethlehem, the little drummer boy, and baby Jesus and more on the joyful spirit of the season. This is especially the case for office parties, government or school functions, and similar gatherings where people of diverse religions come together at the end of the year.

During the holidays, many people face this music predicament. Since parties without music are simply meetings, here's an answer to your party playlist dilemma: a list of non-religious Christmastime songs by pop, rock, R&B, and country stars. It's guaranteed to get your party hopping.

While some songs feature original artists, others are cover versions featuring updated talent. All are sure to delight without stepping on any religious toes. Go have fun!

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1. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by Sam Smith

Sam Smith's voice is as smooth as butter in this 2014 recording of a holiday classic previously recorded by superstars such as Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald. He more than holds his own as he wishes listeners a stress-free Christmas season full of merriment and light, complete with faithful friends gathered 'round.

2. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Rascal Flatts

Bing Crosby originally recorded this Christmastime favorite to honor soldiers stationed overseas during the holidays. This 2009 cover version by country group Rascal Flatts is harmonious and oozes with the lonesomeness and longing that are implicit in the song's message.

The narrator desperately misses home and assumes he probably won't be able to be with his loved ones for the holiday. However, he is with them in spirit.

3. "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé

This sexy call and response duet was originally recorded for the 1949 movie, Neptune's Daughter, and it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song is a conversation between a woman who cites reasons why she really must go home and a man who implores her to stay with him. He continues to serve her drinks and cites the cold weather as a justification for her staying.

Modern critics contend that the song borders on coercion and the man needs to accept "no" as an answer. At the time the song was written, it was improper for an unmarried woman to stay the night with a man. Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé's 2014 rendition spent three weeks at the top spot on the Adult Contemporary Chart.

4. Please Come Home For Christmas" by Jon Bon Jovi

Although many others have recorded this tune, I like the rock undertones of Bon Jovi's 1992 cover. It conveys the heartwrenching loneliness of being without your one and only during the holidays when everyone else is surrounded by family, friends, and their one and only.

5. "We Need a Little Christmas" by Johnny Mathis

There's nothing like Christmas to revitalize sagging spirits. This song was originally written for the Broadway production of Mame, and the song was performed after the central character lost her fortune in the 1929 Wall Street stock market crash. She directs her household help to get the home ready for Christmas as a way of bringing joy back into their lives.

Johnny Mathis' 1986 cover of the peppy, uptempo classic will certainly get you in the holiday mood. With descriptions of decorating and mentions of Santa and Christmas carols, you'll be brimming with joy before the song is over.

6. "Run Rudolph Run" by Chuck Berry

No one did rock and roll quite like the phenomenal Chuck Berry. In this energetic 1958 ditty, he pays homage to Rudolph, calling the red-nosed reindeer a "mastermind" and encouraging him to rush along and get those gifts delivered. If you're not toe-tapping by the time this song is over, then you need to check your pulse because there's something dead wrong with you.

7. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by John Cougar Mellencamp

Trade in the sing-song childish versions of this song for this fast-paced 1987 rock rendition with some heavy fiddle. It's a more grown-up presentation of the song that involves a son sneaking downstairs and accidentally catching a glimpse of his mother smooching with Old. St. Nick. The song does make you wonder just what kind of reindeer games those parents were up to.

8. "Silver Bells" by Martina McBride

Martina McBride has the voice of an angel, or a choir of them, in this 1998 cover of Bing Crosby's 1950 classic Christmas carol. She describes the happy hustle and bustle of pre-holiday shopping in the city, as Salvation Army bell ringers ask for donations for the needy.

9. "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey

This original 1994 Christmas song by Mariah Carey deserves to be a classic alongside other Christmas greats. It's that good. The holiday song has an uptempo beat, church bells and sleigh bells in the background, and a retro 1960s feel. Mariah's voice soars as she tells her sweetheart to skip the presents because all she needs is him.

10. "Winter Wonderland" by Michael Bublé

Given how internationally successful he is, I'm probably alone in thinking Michael Bublé's voice is cheesy—like he's trying too hard to be someone else. For all those people who are booing and hissing at me right now, here's his 2011 cover of the Christmas classic which I think is only moderately overdone. The song celebrates the magic of winter and actually doesn't mention Christmas, although it's become a holiday favorite.

11. "Santa Tell Me" by Ariana Grande

This cheery 2014 song is an original holiday tune. It features a narrator who has had her heart broken in the past. Before she makes herself vulnerable to love and the possibility of being hurt, she wants reassurance from Santa that her current love interest is "the one":

Santa, tell me if you're really there
Don't make me fall in love again if he won't be here
Next year.

Christmas cookies and happy hearts.  This is how the holiday starts.
Christmas cookies and happy hearts. This is how the holiday starts. | Source

12. "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" by Elmo and Patsy

While the grieving family blames Santa and crew for Grandma's untimely demise, it's suspicious that Grandpa is taking the news of her passing so well.

This rowdy 1979 comedy song describes Grandma's unfortunate decision to drink too much holiday egg nog at a family gathering. She forgot her medication, and her family let her wander out in the snow.

The old woman was later found with hoofmarks on her back, the victim of a hit and fly accident blamed on none other than Santa and his reindeer. Now the family wonders what to do with her gifts.

13. "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee

Who would believe that Brenda Lee recorded this 1958 holiday favorite when she was only 13 years old? Apparently that's not too young to have witnessed the magic of the mistletoe. In the most uptempo, celebratory manner, the song also celebrates Christmas caroling and decking the halls.

14. "Hard Candy Christmas" by Dolly Parton

This 1982 country song was recorded for the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The narrator works hard to convince her audience and herself that although she feels sorrowful and disappointed by a personal setback, she won't let that get her down. She generates creative possibilities for all the things she might do with her life from here, comparing it to a hard candy Christmas with lots of flavors.

15. "White Christmas" by Gwen Stefani

Most of us in the United States cannot expect at least an inch of newly fallen snow on Christmas. Exceptions, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information, include:

  • Idaho
  • Minnesota
  • Maine
  • Upstate New York
  • the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and West Virginia
  • the Rockies and
  • the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

That doesn't stop us from hoping for the magic and glamor of a white Christmas, as Gwen Stefani does in the 2017 cover of this holiday classic made famous by Bing Crosby. Her faster tempo version feels more updated yet still reminds the listener of their childhood.

16. "That's Christmas To Me" by Pentatonix

Christmas means something a little different to everyone, but this 2014 original song paints pictures of iconic holiday memories: waiting for Santa, hanging stockings, and the joy of family togetherness. These are the memories that you look back on and remember years later when the kids are grown and gone.

17. "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry

It's hard to believe that way back in 1949, Gene Autry originally rejected this famous Christmas song, but thankfully, his wife convinced him to record it. The rest is history.

The famous ninth reindeer was born with a birth defect, a glowing bright red nose that caused his peers to bully and shun him. But the clever lad turned his physical oddity into an opportunity by shining his way through the fog, helping Santa deliver his load of packages on time. That leadership gained him the acceptance and adoration of all.

18. "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" by Thurl Ravenscroft

Cuddly as a cactus, the Grinch had an empty heart full of dirty socks and termites in his smile. No wonder the mean one didn't like Christmas.

This song is famously featured in the classic 1966 Christmas cartoon How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Thankfully by the end of the movie, the monster with garlic for a soul found his heart had grown three sizes.

19. "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen lit a fire under this 1934 children's Christmas classic, and his 1975 rock version recorded live in concert has become a classic in its own right. Just in case you're not on your best behavior this time of year, he reminds you that the man in red is watching and taking names.

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
You better be good for goodness sake.

"Santa Claus has the right idea -- visit people only once a year." - American Danish comedian
"Santa Claus has the right idea -- visit people only once a year." - American Danish comedian | Source

20. "Redneck 12 Days of Christmas" by Jeff Foxworthy

Every redneck and wannabe knows that the best Christmas gifts come from Walmart. This funny 1996 country song changes the lyrics to the traditional "12 Days of Christmas" song and adds colorful social commentary about the redneck way of life, such as burping the chorus of "Jingle Bells" or misspelling words in Christmas lights.

You'll be singing this on the way to the tractor pull:

12 pack of Bud, 11 wrastlin' tickets
Tin a' Copenhagen, 9 years probation
8 table dancers, 7 packs of Redman
6 cans of spam, 5 flannel shirts
4 big mud tires, 3 shotgun shells
2 huntin' dogs and some parts to a Mustang GT.

"Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip." - Gary Allan, American country musician
"Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip." - Gary Allan, American country musician | Source

Even More Non-Religious Christmas Songs for Your Holiday Playlist

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Santa Baby
Eartha Kitt
1953
22. Last Christmas
Wham!
1986
23. Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy
Buck Owens
1965
24. Feliz Navidad
José Feliciano
1970
25. Dear Santa
Tim McGraw
2017
26. A Holly Jolly Christmas
Burl Ives
1964
27. Two Step 'Round the Christmas Tree
Suzy Bogguss
2001
28. Oh, Santa!
Mariah Carey
2010
29. Sleigh Ride
The Ronettes
1963
30. Blue Christmas
Elvis Presley
1964
31. Jingle Bells
Michael Bublé
2011
32. Merry Christmas Darling
The Carpenters
1970
33. Leroy the Redneck Reindeer
Joe Diffie
1995
34. Candy Cane Christmas
Darius Rucker
2014
35. Winter Song
Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
2011
36. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Bing Crosby
1951
37. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Nat King Cole
1961
38. River
Sarah McLachlan
2006
39. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Celtic Woman
2012
40. Christmas Time Is Here
Vince Guaraldi
1965
41. Til Santa's Gone (Milk and Cookies)
Clint Black
1995
42. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Ray Conniff and the Ray Conniff Singers
1962
43. Deck the Halls
SHeDAISY
1999
44. Pretty Paper
Willie Nelson
1964
45. Mistletoe
Justin Bieber
2011
46. Winter Winds
Mumford & Sons
2009
47. Do They Know It's Christmas? (Feed the World)
Band Aid
1984
48. Gold and Green
Sugarland
2009
49. What Christmas Means to Me
Stevie Wonder
1967
50. Santa, I'm Right Here
Toby Keith
1995
51. All Alone on Christmas
Darlene Love
1992
52. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
Rod Stewart
2012
53. (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays
Cyndi Lauper (featuring Norah Jones)
2011
54. Meet Me Under the Mistletoe
Randy Travis
1989
55. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Kylie Minogue
2015
56. Christmas in Dixie
Alabama
1985
57. Up On The Housetop
Kimberley Locke
2005
58. 'Zat You Santa Claus?
Louis Armstrong and The Commanders
1953
59. All I Want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan
Kenny Chesney
2003
60. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Darlene Love
1963
61. If We Make It Through December
Merle Haggard
1974
62. 12 Days of Christmas
Perry Como
1953
63. Where Are You Christmas
Faith Hill
2000
64. Frosty the Snowman
Kimberley Locke
2007
65. Let It Be Christmas
Alan Jackson
2002
66. My Gift Is You
Gwen Stefani
2017
67. Underneath the Tree
Kelly Clarkson
2013
68. Carol of the Bells
Pentonix
2014
69. Christmas Eve
Justin Bieber
2011
70. Wonderful Christmastime
Paul McCartney
1979
71. Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)
Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
1950
72. Shake Up Christmas
Train
2009
73. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
1972
74. The Santa Claus Boogie
The Tractors
1995
75. Little Saint Nick
The Beach Boys
1963
76. Lonely This Christmas
Mud
1974
77. My Only Wish (This Year)
Britney Spears
2012
78. Something About December
Christina Perri
2015
79. Christmas Without You
OneRepublic
1987
80. O Christmas Tree
Aretha Franklin
1992
81. This Christmas
Chris Brown
2007
82. Nuttin' for Christmas
Relient K
2007
83. Christmas Alphabet
The McGuire Sisters
1954
84. My Grown Up Christmas List
Kelly Clarkson
2003
85. Christmas Time's a Comin'
Sammy Kershaw
1994
86. Santa Claus Is Watchin' You
Ray Stevens
1997
87. Coldest Winter
Pentatonix
2016
88. Christmas Wrapping
The Waitresses
1981
89. Driving Home for Christmas
Chris Rea
2015
90. Don't Save It All for Christmas Day
Celine Dion
1998
91. Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)
Mariah Carey
1994
92. Marshmallow World
Dean Martin
1956
93. Here Comes Santa Claus
Elvis
1957
94. Cold December Night
Michael Buble
2011
95. It Must Have Been the Mistletoe
Barbara Mandrell
1984
96. Naughty Would Be Nice for Christmas
Jennifer Nettles
2012
97. You Make It Feel Like Christmas
Gwen Stefani (feturing Blake Shelton)
2017
98. Finally It's Christmas
Hanson
2017
99. Santa's Coming for Us
Sia
2017
100. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
Cheap Trick
2017
101. My Favorite Time of Year
The Florin Street Band
2010
Know a non-religious Christmas song that should be on this playlist? Leave us a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

Locations with Names Associated with Christmas

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A markerChristmas, Florida, USA -
Christmas, FL 32709, USA
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B markerChristmas Island, Australia -
6798, Christmas Island
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C markerElf Island, Alaska, USA -
Elf Island, Alaska, USA
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D markerFrosty Mountain, Canada -
Frosty Mountain, Fraser Valley B, BC V0X 1R0, Canada
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E markerJolly River, Florida, USA -
Jolly River, Florida 32034, USA
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F markerMistletoe, Kentucky, USA -
Mistletoe, KY 40972, USA
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G markerRudolph, Wisconsin, USA -
Rudolph, WI 54475, USA
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H markerSanta, Peru -
Santa District, Peru
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I markerSnowflake, Arizona, USA -
Snowflake, AZ 85937, USA
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J markerStocking, Nebraska, USA -
Stocking, NE, USA
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"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." - Calvin Coolidge, 30th US. President
"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." - Calvin Coolidge, 30th US. President | Source

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      FlourishAnyway 11 days ago from USA

      Shyron - Thanks for your suggestions! It's getting to be that time of the year again! I love the pre-Christmas season even more than Christmas itself.

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      Shyron E Shenko 11 days ago from Texas

      Flourish, I love Christmas songs and I can only think of one that I don’t see on your list is “Ding-A-Ling the Christmas Bell” by Lynn Anderson 1970 also “Christmas is for the Birds” by Conway Twitty.

      Blessings my dear friend

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      FlourishAnyway 13 days ago from USA

      Larry - I'm not religious either, to be honest, although I can sing Silent Night with the best of 'em. High five, Larry.

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      Larry Rankin 13 days ago from Oklahoma

      I enjoy Christmas besides the religion part:-)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Mary, I'm surprised that there were so many of them, too. Hope you are doing well. Have a great weekend!

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      Mary Wickison 2 weeks ago from Brazil

      I think if I had been asked to name non-religious Christmas songs, I could have reached 10 maybe 15 if I had extra time. Although I know most of these it's great to see a list of them.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Jo - Thanks for the kind compliment. Glad you're in that holiday spirit.

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      Jo Miller 2 weeks ago from Tennessee

      Now I can't wait for Thanksgiving to be over so that I can start with Christmas. Great list.

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      Paula 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      LOL!! You are too funny!! Thanks for the smiles!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Paula - I'm with poor Tom. I keep him around because kids kinda do that to parents over the years. I also have a porcelain Victorian doll head who resembles a much younger version of me but with curly hair piled atop her head in an old-fashioned updo. When my daughter was a toddler, she developed a fascination with her despite my constant "no, no don't touch" and attempts to place it elsewhere. She mussed the doll's hair and the lady ended up looking like the real me -- a little worn and frazzled. But it's all good. Falalala-fricking-la. Have a fabulous day, Paula!

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      Paula 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      LOL! Poor Tom. He sounds like I feel today!...no stick to hold me up!

      LOL....Actually, the truth is, I'm sure every turkey would like to blend in with the Christmas decorations, while the cats snuggle with them! After all, they don't exactly get to have dinner.....they ARE dinner! LOL

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Paula - We have a large decorative "stuffed" turkey that my daughter used to play with when she was a child, and he's been out for awhile, ready for his holiday. He used to have a small pole in his back to make him stand up straight, but she broke it years ago playing with him. Now the cats snuggle up with him. He's gonna have to mingle with Christmas this year!

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      Paula 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      F.A.....Don'y skip right over Thanksgiving!! Tom Turkey will feel slighted!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Paula - So glad you enjoyed this. I'm in the Christmas spirit and will be decorating early this year, as soon as I put away the Halloween stuff and get these trick or treaters taken care of.

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      Paula 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh Flourish....I'm hopeless. My emotions are always on Highest level when it comes to music. Most Christmas songs have me sobbing within the first few seconds.....unless it's a nonsense song like "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer!" There are long periods of time that I simply can't listen to music at all.

      This is a great list....I like Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas"...too and before you were even born (I'll bet) "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree"~ Brenda Lee....she's older than dirt, like me!! LOL

      With a little time and thought, we could come up with at least a hundred more, I think! Love your SONG articles!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Tamara - He's so cool and sings it so much better than the kiddies like Jackson 5 in my opinion, Thanks for stopping by!

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 2 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

      I am back on your sparkly post because I forgot to add that I did not know that Mellencamp sang that Christmas song “I Saw Mommy’s Kissing Santa underneath the Christmas Tree”... Very cool!

      Hope you are doing well, Flourish:-)

      Tamara xxx

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Linda - Yes, it's a whole lot closer than we realize! Time to get those Christmas lists ready! Thanks for stopping by!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Yves - I like Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas," too. It's funny you don't allow anyone to talk. I'm the same way with "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (Ann-Margaret and Al Hirt version). That Arizona city must be named by snowbirds. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Linda Crampton 2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your article makes me realize how close Christmas is! Thanks for this entertaining hub, Flourish. I know and enjoy quite a lot of the songs, especíally some of those listed in the table.

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      Yves 2 weeks ago

      "Hard Candy Christmas" is one of my favorites. I have it on one of my two Xmas playlists, which I listen to all December long. Whenever it comes on, I turn it up and nobody is allowed to talk. Lol.

      I also love "Nuttin' for Christmas." Who knew a naughty little boy could be so cute. Snowflake, Arizona? Now that's funny folks!

      Another great list as always, Flourish.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Heidi - Glad you enjoyed this. I don't celebrate on a religious level either, but I sure love the spirit of the season. Everyone seems kinder (unless you're at the mall or Walmart trying to buy the same thing).

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Devika - Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you are doing well!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Rasma, Thank you. Have a good week.

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      Devika Primić 2 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I can't believe the festive season is so close and time has flown by. The song list is just amazing!

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      Heidi Thorne 2 weeks ago from Chicago Area

      Lots of my favorites on this list! Though I think many of the religious holiday tunes are wonderful, since I don't celebrate Christmas on a religious level, these alternative songs are more my speed.

      The tunes on the list that become holiday earworms for me are Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" and Wham's "Last Christmas" (love the video, too).

      Faves I'd add to the list are Bing Crosby "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "White Christmas," and Andy Williams' "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."

      Sharing with my event industry friends who might be starting the holiday party planning! Thanks for this awesome list!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

      A most wonderful list of delightful Christmas songs.

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      Anna Haun 2 weeks ago from USA

      Thank you. If I can brighten one person Christmas then it will be worth it.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Anna - That's incredibly kind of you. What a tender heart you have!

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      Anna Haun 2 weeks ago from USA

      I'm sure the animals will be fun as I have to keep Moma & Coca (pit bulls) (daughters dogs) away from Buddy & Midnight as they would hurt them but Sweetness gets along with all the animals. The cat & rabbit will chase one another around the room playing while Sweetness runs back & forth between the two rooms playing with everyone. Since you made this list I'm going to download some songs and make a disc for the homeless shelter so those people can have some Christmas music, however; I will donate the music in honor of you, after all, it was your list, I know they will enjoy it. Since I've begun to prepare to make others Christmas better I seem to be more now in the spirit. My daughter suggested I bake some homemade bread also to donate. She is donating a couple hams & turkeys but the shelter will be cooking them since she will be working thru the holidays.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Dora - I'm so loving Christmas this year that I've nearly skipped Halloween, which is typically my favorite time of year. I'm loving it all.

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      Dora Weithers 2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Great list, Flourish. It starts Christmas on the way for me. Going to find the Pentatonix. Thanks for including them.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      Kari - Thanks for the compliment. I'm glad you enjoyed this. It has me already singing Christmas favorites, and Halloween hasn't even come and gone yet!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      RoadMonkey - I wasn't familiar with that song, so I checked it out and added it at #83. Thanks for the suggestion! Have a wonderful week ahead.

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      Kari Poulsen 2 weeks ago from Ohio

      Great playlist! I know and love most of the songs. The others I probably know but don't recognize with hearing. This is a job well done and will help anyone having a party as you stated. I love the end quote by Calvin Coolidge! :)

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      RoadMonkey 3 weeks ago

      It's great to have a list of Christmas songs ready to go. Very useful, thanks. One song I don't see there is the Christmas alphabet, unless I have missed it?

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Bill - Most people would be challenged to name more than a dozen or so Christmas songs without religion. That's one of the classics.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Linda - That's so funny that Holly Jolly Christmas elicits such a rash response from you! Michael Buble's voice nearly does that to me. Not a fan. I also really dislike singsong kiddy voices singing "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." It's like nails on a blackboard for me!

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      Linda Lum 3 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      A great list to begin the season Flourish. I firmly believe in remembering the reason for the season, but acknowledge that there are others who do not share my beliefs.

      I am surprised at how many of these I know. I'll have to admit though that #37 is a fave. But then, I could listen to Nat King Cole all day. What a wonderful voice. On the other hand, as soon as I hear the opening notes of #26 I have turn away. For some reason that one pushes my buttons (and not in a good way).

      Thanks for putting together such a fun list. It's time to get in the mood for the holidays. Those cookies aren't going to bake themselves.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      It's interesting the way the mind works. I read your title and immediately thought of "Silver Bells. " I wonder why that is so significant. I knew quite a few of the songs on your playlist, but that one came immediately. I think it's safe to say I'll never understand my own brain. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      shanmarie - Aww, didn't mean to make you cry. Some of them are bittersweet. My absolute favorite is "Baby, It's Cold Outside" but not by the singers listed above. I absolutely adore the version by Ann-Margaret and Al Hirt. It oozes sensuality and to me, in that version, there is no question of anyone's victimhood. The first time I heard it I was like "What? This is a Christmas song?!

      Haha!" It still brings a smile to my face.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Anna - I sure hope you can find a way to enjoy it with some of the people that you love. It's wonderful that you have furry loved ones to enjoy the festivities with and very kind that you'd make cookies to donate to the homeless shelter.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Tamara - Glad you enjoyed this. This already has me singing Christmas tunes!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Liz - The hands of time keep turning faster and faster. Thanks for the suggestion. I added "Nuttin' for Christmas" as #82.

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      Liz Elias 3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

      Oh, my! What a great list. Some of them, I don't care for that much; not because I don't like the song or tune, but because they make me melancholy, instead of cheery. "I'll be Home For Christmas" is one such.

      As far as "White Christmas" goes, as a California San Francisco Bay Area native, I've changed the words thusly:

      "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I NEVER KNEW!" LOL

      I think you have omitted another couple of funny ones: "All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth," and "I Ain't Gettin' Nuthin' For Christmas, Cuz I Ain't Been Nuthin' But Bad."

      Cheers...to the holidays I'm not ready for...who keeps greasing the calendar, anyway? ;-)

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 3 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

      A gorgeous post full of colorful songs and rich holiday cheer!

      I especially liked the very last meme about the ‘reason for the season’ being that of Mercy.

      Fun, joyous, and merry!

      (Plus, Candy Canes rock)!

      Tamara xxx

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      Anna Haun 3 weeks ago from USA

      Very nice article, enjoyed reading it. Reminded me of songs I'd had forgotten about. Again this year I really just not in the holiday spirit like last year. So I thought maybe this year that I would bake a whole bunch of cookies and donate them to the homeless shelter since all I have is my animals for Christmas. Of course, I will be fixing the animals homemade dog food (Sweetness, Coco, Mama) & treats but Buddy the rabbit or Midnight (kitten), I'm not sure yet what to make them special to have for dinner. My daughter will be working and my other daughter will spend it with her husband family. Not sure if my brother will be able to make it over.

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      shanmarie 3 weeks ago

      I love a good holiday play list! Christmas is my favorite time of the year. "Santa I'm Right Here" makes me cry. My favorite on this list is without a doubt "Winter Wonderland." So mainstream versions of that song. What's your favorite? I'm curious now.