Christmas Eve Calls For a Jazzy Playlist and a Glass of Wine

Christmas Playlist
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It’s the night before Christmas, and I think you’ve earned a cocktail and a chance to kick up your feet.

The kids are in bed, and the presents are glittering under the tree. You’ve no doubt had a chaotic year—we all have—and I think it’s time to dim the lights, light some candles, turn on some classy festive music, and take a moment to drink in the comfort of the holiday season.

To celebrate, we’ve put together a playlist of jazzy Christmas tunes that are more designed for breaking into that bottle of Chianti you’ve been saving for a special occasion than for caroling with the kids. Take a little you time. You’ve earned it.

Let us run you through a few of our favorites.

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White Christmas by Lauren Daigle

Lauren Daigle has one of the most gorgeous, jazzy voices I’ve ever heard. While she has a whole album of holiday music that I highly recommend, I only included White Christmas on this playlist because it’s one of the best. Slow and sultry, it’s the perfect pairing for a glass of wine and maybe even a nice back rub if you’re lucky.

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The Christmas Song by David Ian and Acacia Wulfing

This vintage-style song is nothing but piano, percussion, and Acacia Wulfing’s heady voice. It is exceptional. I could see this getting use in coffee shops, cocktail bars, and even during more adult-focused Christmas concerts. It’s gorgeous and smooth and will leave you wanting more.

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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by The Winford Big Band

For those who might enjoy some music without any lyrics (trust me, I know how frequently you can get those holiday songs stuck in your head), I’ve included The Winford Big Band’s rendition of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. The big band style gives you the energy you normally get from kiddos singing this one at the Christmas concert, but it feels a little classier.

Blue Christmas by The Stephen Kummer Trio

What starts off with just piano slowly eases into a gorgeous jazz rendition of Blue Christmas. It’s perfect for kicking your feet up in front of the fireplace, closing your eyes, and enjoying the warmth of your home on Christmas Eve.

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