Our Christmas CD collection used to be almost exclusively classical as both Rob and I have spent years singing in Church Choirs in the UK. However, we then moved to Canada, and in close proximity to Walmart we soon found our Christmas repertoire expanding rapidly... the Elvis Christmas Album, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers 'Once Upon a Christmas', the Beach Boys sing Christmas, you name it, we bought it!
We're now both total converts to 'Kitchmas' in all its glory and really enjoy listening to such a mixture of religious and secular music at the time of year.
So here, again in no particular order, are my favourite Kitch Christmas songs:
Hard Candy Christmas - Dolly Parton
"It costs a lot of money to look this cheap". It looks worryingly like she's not wearing a top in this video...
Marshmallow World - Bing Crosby
I couldn't find a nice video to this one, but this is the version of the song that I love.
Forget You Santa - Cee Lo Green and Michael Jackson
We don't have this on CD, I just stumbled across it on youtube - and loved it! I think it's so clever when songs are 'fused' together and these are two absolute classics.
Blue Christmas - Elvis
The King sings Christmas in his own inimitable style. Neither Rob nor I can resist singing along to this one, complete with melodramatic swoops up to all the notes!
Last Christmas - Wham!
One from my childhood, and I still love it now. Here's George and Andrew in all their bouffant-haired glory in the original 1984 video:
Stay a Little Longer Santa - Shemekia Copeland
One of my favourite tracks from a fabulous album that we picked up in Las Vegas, a charity CD sold by 'Bath and Body Works'. It has all kinds of obscure festive tracks, either little-known songs, or well-known songs such by different people (e.g. Rascal Flatts singing 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen!). I love it.
So whether your Christmas is a classic one or a kitch one - I hope it's very merry for you all! We'll be celebrating in our camper-car somewhere on South Island, New Zealand, but I'll be back on the blog in the New Year.