It's that time of year. You're seeing it in stores, even though Halloween hasn't even hit yet and the temperatures (at least around here) are still in the 70s.
I'm talking about ... the Christmas season.
Deep, mournful sigh.
I have a wedding I'm playing harp for next weekend, but after that, it's time to get out my Christmas music list. Yes, really. A few of the tunes are obscure and I play them all year round because no one would recognize them as holiday, but most are distinctly seasonal, so I haven't touched them in months. With a forty-plus tune repertoire, ranging from ancient carols to traditional favorites to Celtic off-shoots to contemporary merriment and even a Hanukkah tune, and considering that Christmas-themed parties start right after Thanksgiving, I need the time to dust off and review my holiday music.
I probably won't be adding new tunes this year, not so much because of time allowances - though there isn't much of that - as because I've currently hit the limit of repertoire that is a) recognizable; b) I enjoy musically; and c) is playable on the harp. (For instance, I love the Charlie Brown Christmas song, but the accidentals and chord progress make it impossible on a lever harp.) I can also easily get through a 2-3 hour set, so there's no practical reason to add more.
Not that that ever stops me if I run into a song I want to play ...
What are your favorite Christmas tunes? Obscure or familiar, new favorites or centuries old?