Christmas is definitely a spirit.
It’s a compilation of memories, smells, loving company, tastes, and of course, songs. We all know that Christmas songs are classic and the versions of each song varies.
It is that variety of common songs that makes Christmas in each household unique. I can play “Silent Night” by the Temptations while someone else plays the same track sung by Sinead O’Connor. Every family has a go-to album that is a soundtrack for their holiday season. And I’d like to share one of mine.
What is there to say about the record company founded in 1959, which gave us Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Al Green, Erykah Badu, The Jackson 5, Ne-Yo and so many more? With such a plethora of talent at their disposal, it only made sense for the company to make a Christmas music compilation. Although we think of Motown as the days of our parents, Christmas music is timeless.
A young Michael Jackson tells the rest of the Jackson 5, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” Stevie Wonder tells “What Christmas Means To Me.” Diana Ross sings about “This Christmas.” Smokey Robinson tells how fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh in “Jingle Bells.”
But that’s not all: “White Christmas”, “The Christmas Song”, “The Little Drummer Boy”, “Christmas Everyday”, “Give Love on Christmas Day”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “Purple Snowflakes,” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Me” make their way on the album.
Christmas only comes once a year, and the holidays are not just about giving, but it is also about indulging.
The album honestly doesn’t feel long enough, so it becomes very acceptable to play certain songs more than once, because let’s face it, Christmas only comes once a year, and the holidays are not just about giving, but it is also about indulging. We indulge in good food, fun, and family times.
So this Christmas, indulge in an oldie-but-goodie and let the artists of Motown bring back all the memories that make Christmas so warm and just downright beautiful. You can definitely thank me later.