“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” and there’s plenty of Christmas albums on the market, and nothing says Christmas like retro Christmas music. The popularity of shows like Mad Men has brought that 50’s and 60’s style back, and the music with it.
Johnny Mathis’ voice is pure Christmas gold. It’s so smooth and warming, think a glass of sherry and a mince pie by a warming real fire. I’d even enjoy eggnog with Johnny singing in the background. I remember thinking Johnny Mathis lived in some snowy paradise all year round, as I only ever saw him on TV during Christmas specials with Val Doonican, wearing those sweaters and singing festive songs by a glorious tree and a roaring fire.
There’s plenty of Johnny Mathis Christmas compilations out there, and I’ve yet to meet one I didn’t like, but “Merry Christmas” by Johnny Mathis is for me, the original and still the best. Thinking back to my childhood, my parents had this album on vinyl, and that picture of Johnny stood with his skis on a snowy hillside, wearing a festive sweater, is my abiding mental image of a perfect Christmas holiday.
“Merry Christmas” has just the right blend of traditional Christmas hymns including my favorite O Holy Night (he hits those notes without even sounding like he’s trying), Silent Night and now traditional Christmas secular songs like Silver Bells, White Christmas and I’ll Be Home For Christmas. His The Christmas Song(Chestnuts roasting) is the definitive version.
If you add one record to your Christmas playlist this year make it Johnny Mathis’ Merry Christmas. It’s wonderful (wonderful!).
If you need your Christmas music right now and can’t wait for the CD with the classic cover, choose this compilation.
It’s available for download so you could be crooning along in a matter of minutes.
Get The Johnny Mathis Look
Go on, you know you want to. Christmas is just that bit more festive when you’re wearing a sweater that screams “kitsch”. It’s got to be red, but I’ll leave it up to you whether you want your Christmas sweater with reindeer, snowmen, or Christmas Trees on.
There’s something delightful about “ugly” Christmas sweater. Admittedly, for the Johnny Mathis look you probably want a plain red cashmere sweater, but for retro festivities, go ugly early.
Get In The Mood
Light some Christmas scented candles, pour yourself some wine and tune in to Johnny Mathis. It’s just made for snuggling. Your home may be more IKEA apartment than wooden ski lodge, but with the lights down and the candles scented, you can dream. Johnny Mathis’ voice will take you to your ideal log cabin, pour yourself some wine and enjoy your Christmas.
It really is … the most wonderful time of the year!