Christmas time is without a doubt my favorite time of year! It has been, ever since I was a little girl. I love the lights. I love decorations. I love the spirit of happiness. And I LOVE THE MUSIC! As a result, I have been collecting vintage Christmas records for ages—there is something about a holiday song played on a hi-fi that makes it even more festive. To this day two of my favorite albums are a Johnny Mathis Christmas and a Compilation from Sears, because they remind me of the music my parents would play for us when we were kiddos.
Back in the day, Christmas music was soooo much more fun and interesting! Nowadays I feel like all we get are the latest R&B pop star slaughtering an old carol with vocal acrobatics. Back in the day, people actually wrote new Christmas songs or did innovative versions of old standards. There were also TONS of compilations featuring all the stars of the day!
Over the past years I have wanted to digitize my vinyl as a way to preserve it—and so I could share it with others. I’ve transformed a fair amount of my albums to MP3 and have managed to build a fun library of vintage vinyl.
Without further ado, here are the last three mixes I’ve put up! They’re an eclectic mix, excellent for tree trimmings, fire side evenings and cocktail parties. I hope they add a little cheer to your house this holiday season! Just give Modern Kiddo a nod if someone says, “Wow, where did you get this amazing holiday mix from??” Hee.
Please note: the mixes are for personal use ONLY. each mix becomes password protected after December, so grab ’em now!
ALIX’S Retro Holiday Mix VOL 1
It’s all smooth (and quirky) cocktails-by-the-fire kinda music. Some highlights?
“Too Fat for the Chimney” — Gisele Mackenzie
“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” — Loretta Young
“A Christmas Song” — Shawn Phillips (a dixieland cowboy xmas)
“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”— The Partridge Family
ALIX’S Retro Holiday Mix VOL 2
A tad more lively than Vol 1. Some highlights:
“We Wish You A Merry Christmas” — The Border Brass
“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” — The Jackson Five
“I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus” — Brenda Lee
“Hey! Santa Claus”— The Moonglows
ALIX’S Retro Holiday Mix VOL 3
Last year I continued with the retro 50s/60s but dabbled into some funky 70s. Some highlights:
“Jingle Bells” —Sammy Davis Jr.
“A Funky Christmas” — J. Hines and the Boys
“Santa, How Come Your Eyes Are Green (When Last Year They Were Blue)” — Louis Prima
“Senor Santa Claus” — Jim Reeves
ENJOY my friends!