Let There be Peace at the Holiday Party

As the holiday season approaches, one may feel sentiments of excitement regarding friendly get togethers. However, there is always the impending feeling of anxiety as to how to make the party atmosphere as inclusive as possible for all of your diverse guests. After all, Jesus wasn’t even born in December; rather, celebrations at the time of the winter solstice have existed across many cultures since ancient times— the Romans just appropriated this pagan tradition for their Christian practices.

 

Regardless of what winter holidays you choose to participate in, this time of year is special for many, as it is a time to take a break from work and spend time with loved ones. Make your gathering as welcoming as possible by putting on this 2 hour and 19 minute hand-crafted playlist devoid of any references to religious holidays!

 

1. A Charlie Brown Christmas

Despite its name, this album is perfect for your holiday get together because 82% of the tracks are instrumental! The melodies of these tracks are warm and upbeat, and the instrumentation in songs like “Skating” suggest snowfall and winter frolicking.

 

2. “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm”

A sweet ode to winter romance, or as they call it nowadays, “cuffing season.” 

3. “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”

            Everyone’s a weatherman with this one.

 

4. “Winter Wonderland”

            More seasonal celebration!

 

5. “Marshmallow World”

            Encouraging snow consumption since 1949.

 

6. “Frosty the Snowman”

Although a snowman who comes alive as a result of a magical top hat may imply witchcraft…

 

7. “Home for the Holidays”

Ah, the beautiful ambiguity of the term “holiday.” Also this song covers the topic of frustrating holiday traffic— a universal experience.

 

8. “Over the River and Through the Woods”

This is a traditional American Thanksgiving song, but fortunately that holiday is never named! Applicable for all forms of winter holiday travel.

 

9. “Jingle Bells”

            Check out the Etta James version to hear all three verses!

 

10. “Jingle Bell Rock”

Embrace the Means Girls classic.

 

11. “Sleigh Ride” (instrumental ONLY)

This Leroy Anderson track has one of the most robust instrumental arrangements of any holiday song— my inner band nerd gets excited whenever I hear it. However, one line of this song does say “there’s a Christmas party…” so make sure the arrangement you select contains no words!

 

12. “Carol of the Bells” (instrumental ONLY)

This instrumental version of this song is the most popular version anyways, but the lyrics do discuss Christmas. Besides, no one can even understand the words.

           

13. The Nutcracker Suite

This ballet does take place at Christmastime, but it’s all instrumental! And Tchaikovsky should be appreciated all year round.

 

14. “Marley and Marley”— from the Muppets “A Christmas Carol”

Every group of friends has that one member who wishes Halloween occurred three times a year. Since no one wants to spend their time discussing whether or not A Nightmare Before Christmas can function as both a halloween AND Christmas movie, throw this spooky track on the stereo to appease their thirst for enigmatic thrill. A modern celebration of Charles Dickens literary masterpiece, this grim song about two grumpy ghosts provides a positive message regarding making changes for the better, corresponding with the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions. 

 

15. “You’re a Mean One, Mister Grinch”

            Every party has a pooper. This one is for them!

 

16. What are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Although many cultures celebrate New Year’s at different times of the year, January 1st a paid holiday in the United States, so that’s reason enough to celebrate.

17. “Auld Lang Syne”

            For the sake of old times, bump this 1788 Robert Burns poem.

 

Listen to this playlist HERE on Spotify! 

Scott MeyerComment