I love Christmas music. I mean, yeah, a lot of it’s based on, well, Jesus, and I don’t worship Jesus as a god (though I do have a lot of respect for his work as a person – talk about a progressive!). But I have fond memories of singing “Silent Night” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” (still my favorite of the traditionals). But the season continues to inspires people of all paths to celebrate in their own “seasonal” way. As I said in an earlier post, it’s a powerful time of year. I decided to list some of my alternative favorites in hopes that you, too might find something seasonal that you like, no matter what your faith…

Goo Goo Dolls: Better Days

So take these words and sing out loud
’cause everyone is forgiven now
’cause tonight’s the night the world begins again

Regina Spektor: My Dear Acquaintance (music only)

And a happy new year to all that is living
To all that is gentle, kind, and forgiving
Raise your glass and we’ll have a cheer

Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson: Winter Song (music only)

I’ll be your harvester of light
And send it out tonight
So we can start again

Dave Mathew Band: Christmas Song (decent recording of a live version)

When Jesus Christ was nailed to his tree
Said “Oh, Daddy-o I can see how it all soon will be
I came to shed a little light on this darkening scene
Instead I fear I spill the blood of my children all around”

The Killers: A Great Big Sled (gotta say, the video is just strange, but I like the song!)

I wanna roll around like a kid in the snow
I wanna relearn what I already know
Just let me take flight dressed in red
Through the night on a great big sled
I want to wish you merry Christmas

For all the bad girls out there…

Meiko: (Maybe Next Year) X-Mas Song (music only)

I don’t think Santa’s coming this year ’cause I’ve been a bad
A bad girl
I’ve made my bed now I’m lying in it without a care
A care in the world

And, of course, the awesome…

Dar Williams: The Christians and the Pagans (The video isn’t great, but her intro, in which she discusses Sarah Palin and calls witches “a good municipal addition” is pretty much awesome.)

So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table,
Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able,
Lighting trees in darkness, learning new ways from the old, and
Making sense of history and drawing warmth out of the cold.

What are your favorite seasonal songs?