Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 has chosen debut author Ayana Mathis’ “The Twelve
Tribes of Hattie” as their newest selection.
In this Kindle blog exclusive, Ayana Mathis shares her top ten picks
for Best Holiday Songs of All Time.
Holiday Songs of All Time
10. “Santa Baby,” Eartha Kitt
To be played long before the holiday season,
to help ease any embarrassment over future over-the-top gift requests.
At the holiday
party, of course!
Little Drummer Boy,” any version
end of the party, so those stragglers get the hint: Time to get out of your living
Ride,” Ella Fitzgerald
just cannot bear to push your shopping cart down one more @#%^&@ aisle. Puts a little pep in your
step, or at least prevents any shopping-related violence.
Maria,” Aretha Franklin
post-shopping to remind you that there is beauty in the world, albeit not at
Heck with Ole Santa Claus,” Loretta Lynn
while having a little cocktail to help you forgot you still have to bake all of
It’s Cold Outside,” Ray Charles and Betty Carter
drinking the teensy-weensiest second cocktail, just after you realize you also
have to dice five pounds of celery and onion for the stuffing. Will also discourage you from running out of
the house and away from the kitchen.
of the Bells,” any version
I mean loud, volume, to wake up your household on Christmas morning. If you
don’t fancy all that cheeriness early in the day, try Annie Lennox’s version of
“The Holly and the Ivy,” very Celtic-warrior holiday--listen to the lyrics and
you’ll see what I mean.
Lonely Christmas,” Prince
There’s nothing wrong with a little angst at
the holidays--it puts all of that tinsely-ness into perspective.
Charlie Brown Christmas,” Vince Guaraldi Trio
Too wonderful, too marvelous to require a specific occasion. You don’t
even have to wait for the holidays! You can play it after watching your Charlie
Brown DVDs at any time of the year! Everybody has those, right? And watches
them all year round? Right?