Nowadays, we begin hearing Christmas songs as early as October. And by December, you’re probably bored of listening to the same jingles on repeat. So before I go on a vacation, I’d like to suggest a few unusual tunes for your playlists. Come, let us rejoice them (I just had to use that line).
White Winter Hymnal
I found this song (and the next) in a playlist by the National Endowment for the Arts. It’s from the Fleet Foxes, a Grammy-nominated indie folk band. White Winter Hymnal has also been covered recently by a capella group Pentatonix for their Christmas album.
Doughnut For A Snowman
Next time a kid sings Do You Want to Build a Snowman?, you know what to sing back. Doughnut For A Snowman is from the album Let’s Go Eat the Factory (now it’s starting to make sense). These food related anomalies are from Guided By Voices, an indie rock band from Ohio. And below is a, uhm, literal interpretation of the song.
A Different Kind of Classic
No, it ain’t Jingle Bells. It’s Et Incarnatus Est from Mozart’s Mass in C minor, a favorite of Pope Francis. On December 24, it will be performed at St. Peter’s Basilica during the Papal Christmas Eve Mass. It will be conducted by Manfred Honeck of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.