By Nicholas Ransbottom
West Virginia State University
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- December is a very magical time. In fact, Andy Williams claims it to be the "most wonderful time of the year," though I'm not sure if that's too much hyperbole on his end. Still, there's no denying there's a certain je ne sais quoi about the month.
Most radio stations will be playing Christmas music exclusively until January, meaning carols and traditional songs will be repeated ad nauseam until you begin to wonder if maybe the Grinch had it right all along. But what if you want to listen to some songs for the season that aren't religious in nature? Fear not, as these five secular holiday songs are sure to put you in the seasonal spirit, sans any spiritual undertones.
Technically "My Favorite Things" isn't a holiday song, but it's seasonal-themed lyrics have led to it becoming one.
Julie Andrews was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe for her performance as Maria in "The Sound of Music," and her take on the classic Broadway tune for the film's soundtrack is one of the song's best versions. Andrews' crisp and cheerful vocals make the song's upbeat tone positively infectious.