Holiday Playlist

The Board, Groton School
December 31, 2019

This is a playlist of Christmas songs that the Groton board members have recommended. Each song either holds a special significance to the recommender or reminds them of a certain sensation that they associate with the holiday season. We have noticed that all of the songs are first heard in a family setting and when we are much younger. Perhaps, this where the holiday spirit lies—in our memories of our childhoods and families.


Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms (recommended by Isabel Cai)

I first heard this song when I was five or six, at a Christmas dinner party held by this business organization that my dad was in. My family doesn’t celebrate Christmas so I was never excited for it, and there weren’t any kids my age at that party so I got bored quickly. Then I heard the jazz band playing this song as I lied sleepily in my chair. Under the mellow lighting in that toasty banquet hall, the swinging tune felt especially relaxing. Whenever I hear the song now, it reminds me of that really cozy and homely feeling.


Last Christmas by Wham! (recommended by Michelle Kim)

I heard this the week before Christmas when I was maybe 12 years old, while my mother and I were driving back home. By then, Christmas decorations had gone up and as we drove through neighborhoods, Christmas lights would flash by while this song played. This is a special song to me because it's quite ironic: Christmas is a holiday of cheers, yet with this upbeat tune, "Last Christmas" is about heartbreak. This is also one of my mom's favorite songs, so it made my holiday playlist by default.


Christmas Time Again by Extreme (recommended by Claire Lee)

Extreme was my mom's favorite artist and so I grew up listening to this song. Every time I hear the song, it reminds me of my family and Christmas back home. 


Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee (recommended by Cam Nguyen)

My parents played it when I was very little, when we were in London. We've been playing it ever since, and it's technically a rock song but the lyrics are so warm and so simple and so cozy and it just makes you want to cheer.


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