Sooo my family is atheist (which i keep spelling aetheist). We do celebrate Christmas though; we get a tree and give each other presents and whatnot. But this year I’m kind of tired of all of it.
I made a playlist of winter-y songs that minimally mention actual holidays. This is actually hard, given that a lot of atheists celebrate Christmas. When I googled “non-christmas winter songs” most of the songs mentioned Christmas in some way. Go figure.
Also 67% of these are covers because I don’t like the old original recordings. mostly Pentatonix and Leslie Odom Jr. 28% is obscure indie artists. The rest is Jingle Bell Rock.
completely unrelated note: does anyone want to beta-read something for me? it’s a short story that isn’t all that short… potentially triggering (has transphobia, mental illness, abuse, general negativity). contact me somehow. i have a contact page.
1. White Winter Hymnal
This is a slightly terrifying song about turning the “white snow red like strawberries in the summertime.”
Oddly that’s my favorite line of the entire song what is wrong with me The original and the Pentatonix cover and the BIRDY COVER! are all great and also this one by a trans guy who recorded himself after various periods of time on T. But the original video is incredible (i have a soft spot for stop motion)…
(i have youtube back! did i mention that? did i even tell you that i didn’t have youtube?)
2. Winter Wonderland
RIGHT I can’t find the original (i don’t think an original exists tbh) so I’m giving you the Pentatonix cover, which is mashed up with Don’t Worry, Be Happy which is amazing too (you want a place to rest your head / somebody came and took your bed / don’t worry / be happy).
3. Goodbye England (Covered in Snow)
I KNOW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT THIS ARTIST. I found the song on a winter playlist (this was last year, back when i didn’t know any of you) and liked it a lot…
4. Winter Song
this is a really nice song!!! Personally my favorite is the Leslie Odom Jr. cover (IT’S SO GOOODD AND POSSIBLY MY FAVORITE SONG ON THIS ENTIRE LIST) but look at this video it’s so adorableee
(and also Céline Dion cover…)
5. Winter Wind
This is… by Fredrick Chopin. 🙂
(they’re completely different though xD)
6. My Favorite Things
Again, the Leslie Odom Jr. cover… LISTEN TO HOW HE SINGS “CRISP APPLE STRUDELS” dear gods it’s so jazzy
7. Sleigh Ride
This is Pentatonix again. I WARNED YOU. (my sister really likes the beginning ugh why are they so good at acapella)
8. Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Because I hate words, my preferred version is the piano. But I mean Pentatonix covered it too… 🙂
9. Jingle Bell Rock
THE ONE YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR. NEEDS NO EXPLANATION.
10. The Atheist Christmas Carol
This is by Vienna Teng, a smol Asian singer (I think she’s Chinese but I’m not sure?). She sings and pianos. It’s incredibly Asian. Also this is basically my experience with Christmas. It’s not religious but it’s like. Gift-giving. Family time. And it has beautiful strings holy shit.
11. Sweater Weather
I lowkey don’t like this song because it has a sex mention but if you don’t want to listen to the words have the harp cover which is so gooooooodddd gsah. Still the song’s really good and I feel like I’ve heard it all my life but never recognized it??
12. So Much Wine, Merry Christmas
/drinking mention, obv.
Still, a good song. It takes place on Christmas Day but it isn’t about Christmas. LISTEN TO MEEEEEE BUTTERFLYYYYY:
Bonus, of course:
regardless of what you do
or don’t celebrate.
(this isn’t my last post before christmas, hopefully i’ll finish writing a thing by then!! it will be gay!!!!)