Happy Monday morning! We hope you all had a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving break. The Monday after Thanksgiving break usually sees most people dragging as they return to work on Monday, but it also means the kick-off of the holiday season! And that means it's finally time to break out the holiday music!
I love Christmas music. I force myself to hold off listening to any until the Friday after Thanksgiving. But now, the flood gates are open! However, like anybody else, it can get old quickly. Especially when you're talking about some of the cheesier recordings out there. Something I really try to do as a music therapist, no matter who I'm working with, is to only use high quality music. Instruments, recordings, anything. I want to make sure it's GOOD music! Granted, this is partially so I don't get burned out on certain music.
In the case of Christmas music, I have a favorite album that I absolutely LOVE using. I must warn you, it's a little unconventional. It's Bob Dylan's "Christmas in the Heart." Yes, Bob Dylan (in true Bob Dylan style) singing all your favorite Christmas hits. I LOVE this album.
His rendition of "Must Be Santa" cracks me up, and I love using it in my groups. The frantic pace of the song makes doing the traditional movements extra fun. Plus, the music video is over-the-top silliness:
What are some of your favorite holiday tunes? Share some in the comments!