2018's Eclectic Holiday Playlist

2018's Eclectic Holiday Playlist

Will you hear Run-DMC’s Christmas music in the mall? No. But you totally should be and that’s why I created this playlist.

Music fuels me. Creating playlists for different moods, genres, holidays, and events is one of my favorite things to do. Holiday songs can become repetitive and dull. You’ll be doused in “Jingle Bells” in every store and business you visit between now and the 25th and you’ll probably want to rip your ears out. I’m not one to shy away from any genre of music. I hate feeling like I’m limiting myself or sticking myself into a box. So if you’re anything like me and love music – this will be the playlist for you. It ranges from indie to hip-hop to classic to punk to rock.

Traditional Christmas music is nice but unconventional is even better. Last year’s playlist was limited to 67 songs but the playlist is filled with over 100 songs for you and always growing.

What’s your favorite Christmas song? Let me know in the comments below and maybe it’ll be added to the playlist!

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Shayna Shattelroe

25 years old. Mama to Maddox. Word weaver. Lover of love. Coffee addict. Psychological science student. 

A woman of curious nature, my name is Shayna. I am wild & reserved. Humbled & proud. Quiet & clamorous. Strange & familiar. I live in the trees of New England typing away as lifestyle blogger. You can always find me with a coffee cup in one hand and a book in the other.

Blogging since 2005, I’ve had an innumerable amount of blogs on a vast number of platforms. Finally, I’ve found one to call home: The Lovely Cicada. This blog is a piece of myself I extend to you.

Christmas Snapshots

So many past Christmas memories stand out but none have been better since having my little family and none have been better than this year. Nothing about it was rushed or exhausting. I finished Christmas gifts early, I baked early, I got Christmas pajamas early. It snowed Christmas morning so instead of leaving quickly after presents and breakfast to go to Dave's brothers, we were able to stay home and take things as slow as we wanted. 

Dave's gifts were so thoughtful. He got me an INCREDIBLE solar-powered watch with a minimal, Roman-numeral face and black leather strap, a beautiful quill set, and Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (the sequel to Nevernight which is one of my all time favorite books.) My mother and extended in-law family also killed it with their gifts (like a Ravenclaw tumbler??!) and I'm so grateful for everyone in our lives.

Maddox received so many wonderful gifts from us and from the rest of his family and friends. Initially, he was so careful opening his gifts almost as if he were afraid to rip the paper. But after some time, he started tearing right in wondering what was beneath the paper's surface he could play with. And he's always so grateful which makes my heart melt. He loves giving hugs and saying thanks for all his presents which makes me so warm to have such a kind soul for a child.

As I said, this was one of my favorite Christmas's so far. So joyous to spend time with family. Lots of smiles and laughs and thankfulness. Merry all around.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is ready for 2018. Stay tuned for a wonderful New Year's post about goals and resolutions. 

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Shayna Shattelroe

25 years old. Mama to Maddox. Word weaver. Lover of love. Coffee addict. Psychological science student. 

A woman of curious nature, my name is Shayna. I am wild & reserved. Humbled & proud. Quiet & clamorous. Strange & familiar. I live in the trees of New England typing away as lifestyle blogger. You can always find me with a coffee cup in one hand and a book in the other.

Blogging since 2005, I’ve had an innumerable amount of blogs on a vast number of platforms. Finally, I’ve found one to call home: The Lovely Cicada. This blog is a piece of myself I extend to you.

A Holiday Playlist

As everyone knows, Halloween is my favorite holiday. But for the first time, I am seriously feeling the Christmas spirit. I've decorated more than just a Christmas tree (and I have not one but TWO Christmas trees in my apartment, a small white one and a medium-sized green one), I've baked Christmas goodies, I've been shopping all month and making some small DIY gifts. Ever since my father passed away mere days before Christmas, I haven't found the excitement like I did when I was younger. However, having a child changes things. He's excited and deserves to be excited. In turn, I am too. 

So naturally, it's necessary to have an incredible holiday playlist at hand to play around the house. I like classic songs but they get so repetitive, slow, and some can be cringe-worthy. This playlist is filled with classics, rock, indie, hip-hop, and more. I hope you enjoy!

1. White Christmas by Otis Redding
2. Making Christmas by Rise Against
3. Celtic New Year by Van Morrison
4. Christmas Tears by Eric Clapton
5. What Christmas Means to Me by Stevie Wonder
6. Last Christmas by Wham!
7. Christmas All Over Again by Tom Petty
8. Santa Claus is Comin' To Town by Bruce Springsteen
9. Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys
10. Christmas in Hollis by Run-D.M.C.
11. Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney
12. Oi to the World by No Doubt
13. Fairytale of New York by The Pogues
14. Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry
15. Santa Claus is Back In Town by Elvis Presley
16. Father Christmas by The Kinks
17. Christmastime by The Smashing Pumpkins
18. I Won't Be Home for Christmas by blink-182
19. Blue Christmas by The Lumineers
20. Jingle Bells by Frank Sinatra
21. Frosty The Snowman by Ella Fitzgerald
22. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) by Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters
23. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
24. Jingle Your Bells by Hush Kids
25. That Christmasy Feeling by Johnny Cash
26. Baby, It's Cold Outside by Caroline Pennell
27. Winter Song by The Head and the Heart
28. White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes
29. Goodbye England (Covered in Snow) by Laura Marling
30. Santa Baby by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
31. We Three Kings by Dolly Parton
32. O Come O Come Emmanuel by The Civil Wars
33. Listening to Otis Redding At Home During Christmas by Okkervil River
34. By The Fireside by Ellen and the Escapades
35. Let It Snow by Daniela Andrade
36. Merry Christmas Baby by Otis Redding
37. Away in a Manger by Bright Eyes
38. Go Tell It on a Mountain by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
39. Little Drummer Boy by Johnny Cash
40. The Gifts They Gave by Johnny Cash
41. Baby It's Cold Outside by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
42. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by The Jackson 5
43. Bach, JS: Cantata No. 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben', BWV147: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach
44. All I Want For Christmas Is You by My Chemical Romance
45. Winter Wonderland by Billy Idol
46. Home for the Holidays by Cyndi Lauper
47. Little Drummer Boy by Sister Hazel
48. Jingle Bell Rock by Daryl Hall & John Oates
49. Silver Bells by Meaghan Smith
50. The Christmas Blues by Bob Dylan
51. Funky New Year by The Eagles
52. Champagne & Wine by Etta James
53. Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon
54. Santa Claus is Coming To Town by Frank Sinatra
55. Sleigh Ride by TLC
56. X-M@S by Corey Taylor
57. Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer by DMX
58. Carol Of The Bells by the bird and the bee
59. Let It Snow by She & Him
60. The Blizzard by Camera Obscura
61. Let Me Sleep (It's Christmas Time) by Pearl Jam
62. Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) by Ramones
63. The Christmas Song by The Raveonettes
64. X-mas Has Been X'ed by NOFX
65. Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt
66. The Christmas Song by Smash Mouth
67. The Season's Upon Us by Dropkick Murphy's

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Shayna Shattelroe

25 years old. Mama to Maddox. Word weaver. Lover of love. Coffee addict. Psychological science student. 

A woman of curious nature, my name is Shayna. I am wild & reserved. Humbled & proud. Quiet & clamorous. Strange & familiar. I live in the trees of New England typing away as lifestyle blogger. You can always find me with a coffee cup in one hand and a book in the other.

Blogging since 2005, I’ve had an innumerable amount of blogs on a vast number of platforms. Finally, I’ve found one to call home: The Lovely Cicada. This blog is a piece of myself I extend to you.