A Playlist for Everything :: Holiday Edition

Christmas Favorites Playlist | A Simple Haven

You may not have a playlist for sweeping the kitchen or afternoon dance parties with toddlers, but I’m guessing you’ve got a favorite holiday playlist.

While I enjoy the classics as much as the next person, most of my favorite Christmas tunes are a little less traditional. They get air time beginning at Thanksgiving (though this year, I fudged a little) and I enjoy them into the new year.

A Christmas Playlist

Little Town by Over the Rhine :: I once saw their Christmas concert in a lovely old theater in Cincinnati.  Bill Mallonee opened and I got to chat with him afterwards.  Karin Bergquist’s voice was amazing.  I went with two dear friends and wore a sparkly sweater.  It was pretty perfect.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel by  Rosie Thomas :: Thanks a bunch to Brittney for sharing this gem.  Love me some Rosie.

Peace, Peace by Sara Groves :: Her holiday album is so great.

Eternal Gifts by Leigh Nash :: Oh, I could sing these lyrics all year long. So very true.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Sufjan Stevens :: Hubs groans when I play his holiday stuff and mispronounces his name on purpose but I’m a fan.

Angels We Have Heard on High by Chris Tomlin :: Bun’s favorite.  Besides Joy to the World.

Joy to the World by Citizens :: A new find. Toe-tapping fun.  Bun’s other favorite.

O Holy Night by Shawn McDonald :: The lyrics are my favorite ever.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan :: I know, it’s old.  But still a fav.


  • For reading by the fire: Celtic Christmas Pandora station
  • For cooking in the kitchen: Bing Crosby Pandora Station

 What are your favorite holiday tunes?

And, congratulations to Jessica for winning the Lindsay Letters O Holy Night art print giveaway! 🙂


About Jenn

Jenn is a mommy of three and wife to her best friend. She enjoys good books, dinner guests, elevenses, and proper apostrophe use.

  • VeryHungry

    “God Rest…” has been in my head since the 24/7 Christmas stations started up! Thanks for sharing the link to the Celtic Station. I love having this music playing in the background throughout the winter!

    • Mine will totally be one throughout the winter–maybe because there wasn’t quite enough air time between T-giving and Xmas this year?

  • Seriously we are tracking along the same lines this week, just posted a similar post on the music we’re listening too. =) And now I want to listen through all of yours.

    • I have never been a huge Michael Buble fan but you make me want to check out his Christmas show :).

  • Julia Stockwell Reynolds

    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Lady Antebellum; The Christmas Song – Straight No Chaser; Silent Night – David Lanz; Love Came Down at Christmas – Jars of Clay; Christmas In Our Hearts – Downhere

  • brenda venable

    Finally bought Handel’s Messiah last year, and have listened to it 4+ times already this year. My very best favorite Christmas selection ever!

  • One of my new faves is The Oh Hellos family Christmas album (you can find it for free on Noisetrade) my husband actually just said it’s like Sufjan, but “far superior.” Might be a good compromise for you 😉 Great List!

    • Oh my word where have The Oh Hellos been my whole life? I love them. I’m obviously a little behind in checking out some of this music, but I don’t even care. I will be listening to The Oh Hello’s Christmas album all January! It’s AWESOME!