MMMM: Xmas Music Xtravaganza, Week 3!

I went through the archives of the blog looking for songs that I hadn’t played yet, and found these goodies. Some are Christmas classics, some carols, and some funny stuff. Enjoy!

  1. Nat King Cole, “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)”
  2. The Ronettes, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”
  3. The Ventures, “Sleigh Ride”
  4. Carpenters, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
  5. Leon Redbone and Dr. John, “Frosty The Snowman”
  6. The Monkees, “Riu iu Chiu”
  7. Judy Garland, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
  8. David Seville (Ross Bagdasarian), “The Chipmunks Song (Christmas Don’r Be Late)”
  9. Tom Lehrer, “A Christmas Carol”
  10. Stan Freberg, “Green Christmas”

From all of us to all of you, a Merry Christmas! That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me For December 19, 2022.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by Marie, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

29 thoughts on “MMMM: Xmas Music Xtravaganza, Week 3!

  1. Merry Christmas, John!

    You intrigued me with The Venture’s “Sleigh Bell” so much so that I had to pop over to YouTube to see if they had a Christmas album and sure enough they do! I wasn’t familiar with the Monkees song, Riu Riu Chiu”.
    Naturally, I was curious to see if they also had a Christmas album and sure enough they do! Thanks for sharing the tidbit on the song. I will read the Wiki article in a bit. Thanks for joining the 4M party. I hope you and Mary have a joyful Christmas weekend. It’s gonna be really cold here in the Tennessee valley. I’m sure y’all will get blast of that cold air, too. Stay warm, my friend!


  2. Great playlist. I loved the chipmunks one the very best. I’ve not heard that in years.

    Have a fabulous day and week and a very Merry Christmas. :)


  3. Thanks for the link, John. I love Nat’s version of this song, so great to hear it playing first and really setting the holiday mood. Alvin and the Chipmunks was something I grew up with, and we used to listen to all those “kid” albums on the record player while decorating, along with the classics. I hadn’t realized that I haven’t heard it in a while, so that brought a big smile to my face! 😀


  4. I lovevtge 2nd last one..he’s funny. I love the Monkees’ version of this carol. J gave it o one of my many Christmas albums …it’s just lovely.


    1. We tend to learn the carols that came out of England, but there were so many beautiful songs that came from the rest of Europe. Maybe that’ll be something I do one week next year, Carols from the rest of Europe…


    1. Wikipedia has a good writeup on “Riu Riu Chiu”: It wasn’t originally written as a Christmas carol, but the lyrics make it perfect for the occasion.

      Stan Freberg was an ad man with a crazy sense of humor. His treatments of “Old Man River” and “Banana Boat Song” are hilarious. Both are on Youtube….

      I think Christmas carols are part of our DNA. I had a friend who was Jewish (sadly deceased). One year we had a Christmas party, and he knew all the songs even better than we did. I’m sure culture had a lot to do with it, but even so…


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