It’s that time of year: a playlist

Christmas music. It’s everywhere. Pop and Christian radio stations dedicate an entire month to playing nothing but festive tunes, and stores are filled with the sound. It’s not exactly my favourite thing, since the ratio of good-to-bad Christmas songs is wildly tipped to the ugly side, but there are some gems to be mined out of the mess, both new and ancient.

The best Christmas songs bring hope, reflection, and a little fun to the season, and colour in the details of what makes Christmas so worth celebrating.

Here are 10 songs to help you celebrate and reflect in this busy season.

1. “The Christmas Waltz”

She & Him

2. “Little Saint Nick”

The Beach Boys

3. “Christmas at the Airport”

Nick Lowe

4. “Christmas Must Be Tonight”

My Morning Jacket

5. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Cat Power

6. “O Come O Come Emmanuel”

Sufjan Stevens

7. “Christmas Time Is Here”

Vince Guaraldi Trio

8. “O Holy Night”

Sara Groves

9. “Justice Delivers Its Death”

Sufjan Stevens

10. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”

Darlene Love

Photo (Flickr CC) by Christopher Paquette.