Is it just me or does the holiday season start earlier and earlier each year? Before the leaves change color, even before pumpkin spice products infiltrate every corner of my grocery story, it seems like I'm haunted by "Jingle Bells" and "Let It Snow" at the dentist office and at shopping malls—and it doesn't let up until New Year's Eve. Don't get me wrong, I love a good classic Christmas tune as much as the next person. And though roasting chestnuts and dreaming of a winter wonderland is all fun at first, by the time Christmas actually rolls around, I'm so very ready to switch things up. Instead of slinking into Scrooge-mode from exposure to the same Christmas carols over and over again, try adding some alternative songs to your holiday playlist this year. Here are 34 of the best, wackiest, and weirdest ones we could find.
Welcome to the time of year where every public space suddenly transforms into a celebration of the holiday spirit. For some, this might be the best month of all—when radio stations, hotel lobbies, department stores, elevators dentist offices, veterinary clinics, police precincts, movie theaters etc. For others, it's a hell of manufactured cheer and commoditized holiday emotion.
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Originating in Utah, they gained popularity through YouTube , where in they began posting piano and cello compositions combining classical, pop, film score and original music, showcased through elaborate or cinematic videos. As of March the group had surpassed 2 billion views on their YouTube channel and had 6. George, Utah. Schmidt knew Nelson from years of performing and recording together. By September , The Piano Guys had uploaded more than 30 music videos which had garnered million views, and had , subscribers on their YouTube channel. The Piano Guys draw on a variety of classical, pop, film score and original music in their compositions for piano and cello. Schmidt, Nelson and van der Beek serve as songwriters for the group.
Cappeau felt it should be accompanied by music, so approached his friend Adolphe Charles Adams. During the Christmas truce of during World War I, the carol was sung simultaneously by English and German troops. Based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti, this carol was written sometime before in response to a magazine request for a Christmas poem. But which one should you choose? With lyrics written by Charles Wesley, and set to a tune by Mendelssohn , this carol was always going to be one of the most recognisable and popular ones on the list.