Ring In The Holiday Groove With A Retro Playlist

Long drives to grandmother’s house will be much more merry when our holiday playlist comes along for the ride!

From Sleigh Bells to First Noels, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without the carols. But did you know that two beloved Christmas songs were originally written to celebrate Thanksgiving? 

It’s true…Over The River And Through The Woods (aka The Thanksgiving Song) was written as a poem in the 1840s, and Jingle Bells did not become a Christmas classic until Bing Crosby recorded it in 1940, almost 100 years after it was written as an ode to Thanksgiving day!

So this Thanksgiving, as an ode to our favorite season and our favorite readers, we’ve compiled our Retro Christmas Card Co. holiday playlist – served with a side of Turkey Day songs to get you started. 

I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For   Bing Crosby 

Turkey of 29 Pounds   The Sportsman Quartet

Guffy, The Goofy Gobbler   Gene Autry

There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays   Perry Como

It’s A Marshmallow World   Dean Martin  

The Man With The Bag   Kay Starr

Dixieland Band From Santa Claus Land   Jimmy Dorsey

Sugar Rum Cherry   Duke Ellington

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas   Ella Fitzgerald 

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree   Brenda Lee

What Will Santa Claus Say?    Louis Prima

Christmas Night In Harlem   Louis Armstrong

Blue Christmas   Elvis Presley

Christmas Waltz    Frank Sinatra

White Christmas   Bing Crosby

Boogie Woogie Santa Claus     Lionel Hampton 

Sleigh Ride   Glen Miller Orchestra

IS Zat You Santa Claus?   Louis Armstrong

Kissin’ By The Mistletoe  Aretha Franklin

Baby, It’s Cold Outside  Dean Martin + The Andrews Sisters

What Are You Doing New Years Eve?   Ella Fitzgerald

Remember to prepare your playlist ahead of time, so you can truly relax over the holidays. We have found these songs on Apple Music, with the exception of : Turkey of 29 Pounds The Sportsman Quartet + Guffy, The Goofy Gobbler Gene Autry. Listen on YouTube for these unique selections.

Merry Maker Fun Fact: In December of 1965, Jingle Bells became the first song ever to be broadcast from space. What a blast!

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