Funny, I was just thinking about this in the car today -- because so much classical and choral music was written for Christmas that it's hard for popular music to compete with, like, The Hallelujah Chorus
When I was singing in choirs (oh, how I miss that!), I fell in love with a little-known choral piece called "Carol From An Irish Cabin" -- anyone know that song? And there was one that I think was just called "The Bells," a choral setting of a poem by Poe, very fast and challenging, and it had the wonderful word "tintinnabulation" in it!
Also a very cool little choral tune called "Jazz Gloria" that was SO MUCH FUN
My favorite traditional Christmas Carol is "Silent Night," hands down... and as others have said, it's especially lovely in the original German (strangely enough, since German is not normally thought of as a euphonious language). I also love "Good King Wenceslas" and "We Three Kings" and the cascading glorias in "Angels We Have Heard On High." And "Carol of the Bells" is just a complete blast
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" is a very beautiful song, and I always love to see that clip of Judy Garland singing it so sweetly.
And I just love it when Springsteen rocks out "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town," with Clarence doing the Big Santa Voice on "Ya betta be good, for goodness' sake!"
But if I had to choose just one song for Christmas -- no doubt about it, it's Irving Berlin's "White Christmas."
A simple, lovely melody... an understated lyric that expresses the wonder of snow and all the warm emotions of the season... it's a perfect