Welcome back to Good Music Monday at Carrots! No matter what last week was like for you, I think we could all use some music that makes us feel like we’re wrapped up in a giant blanket. The sort of thing that you can listen to when you sit by the fire or put something in the oven or turn on the space heater. But I’m kind of a stickler for not listening to proper Christmas music until much closer to the actual Christmas season and never before Thanksgiving. (I’m not judging you, post-Halloween Christmas carol enjoyers. You keep on. I just can’t.)
I want my Advent music during Advent and my Christmas music during Christmas. But, then what do you listen to when prepping Thanksgiving dinner?
In case there’s other crotchety folks out there who want to creep into holiday cheer without jumping the gun on Christmas music, I wanted to come up with a few songs that conjure feelings of snug winter without that pesky out-of-season music guilt.
Ready for some good music?
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- White Winter Hymnal: Fleet Foxes (Such a great one. It’s been a favorite for ages.)
- I’ll Build You a Fire: Seabear (Seabear is my go-to cold weather music. They’re Scandinavian or Icelandic. From somewhere frigid. So it just SOUNDS COLD.)
- Mister Winter: Fox and the Bird (A new-to-me song that goes perfectly with the season.)
- Sit Down by the Fire: The Veils (Another new-to-me cozy one.)
- Sister Winter: Sufjan Stevens (Love love LOVE this one. Haunting and beautiful. One of my favorite from Sufjan’s holiday albums. I even let it slide into the mix despite it saying, “to wish you a Merry Christmas” at the end. Mea culpa.)
- Winter Song: The Head and the Heart (I can’t seem to make a playlist lately without The Head and the Heart).
- 16, Maybe Less: Calexico/Iron & Wine (I’m a little obsessed with this whole album, but this one makes me feel so nostalgic, sad, and ready for a strolls through a Christmas Tree farm.)
- Winter Song: Sara Bareilles/Ingrid Michaelson (Recommended by a friend. New-to-me. Totally digging it.)
- Winter Winds: Mumford & Sons (Super obvious. Sorry. You know you love it. Or maybe you don’t. I still do.)
- Tracks in the Snow: The Civil Wars (Another rec from a friend.)
- Winter in my Heart: The Avett Brothers (Heart eyes.)
- Fox in the Snow: Belle and Sebastian (This album was my JAM in high school and it’s still so good.)