With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, we’re now fully into the Christmas season. For me, that means two things: hanging Christmas lights in my apartment and lots of Christmas music. I know the latter can be a divisive subject and when to start playing holiday music is a hot topic.
For me, Christmas music is strictly a no-no until Thanksgiving. Even then, it’s really best to keep it to light doses until about 7-10 days before Christmas Day. Shortly thereafter, it gets packed up again and put away for another year (in the iTunes world, that means completely removing it all from my library). But for that one week or two, I’m happy to play old Christmas favorites over and over again. After all, there’s a limited timeframe to binge on the stuff and if it puts you a little more in the holiday frame of mind, why not?
I can’t possibly list all of my Christmas favorite here. About ten years ago, I put together a two disc compilation of some of Christmas’ greatest hits that has been pretty popular with the family. Older classics mixed with newer classics. Some of the best renditions of each song. It’s pretty clutch. This year, I’ll put out a Spotify playlist of some of my favorite Christmas tunes so that you all can share in the fun.
While the Waltz of the Flowers isn’t quite Christmas-ey as some of the more traditional holiday songs, there’s no doubt that the Nutcracker is one of the best-known holiday productions, right up there with A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street and (to my great dismay), A Christmas Story. So yeah, it’s close enough to count. Stay tuned for a full holiday playlist coming up in a week or two.
The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: XIV: Waltz of the Flowers – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky