We’re taking the day off today, so we decided to repost some of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from this and previous years.

Before I begin, I want to state that I hope not to offend anyone with this article by referencing Christmas songs as I ramp up my Holiday spirit. Growing up sans religion, my family still took part in celebrating Christmas largely stemmed from our family’s religious background, eons ago. Yes, eons.

Now that we are less than a week away from Christmas 2009, and there isn’t a second of media our ounce of advertising space that isn’t spewing this messaging, I thought I should embrace the holiday season for another year. Naturally it’s Sunday, I’m at home with a Snuggie (thanks Alex) keeping me warm, I decided to YouTube my favourite Christmas songs and see the staged videos that go along with these gems.

Honourable mentions before I jump into my list go out to Rob Thomas and BeBe Winans’ duet My Christmas Prayer and Christmas Wrapping sung by The Waitresses.

5. Madonna – Santa Baby

This gem has been on my favorite list since the first time I heard it, at the ripe old age of five. Another telltale sign that my mother should have picked up on; however, I guess my sing-along rendition was so dang cute she was willing to look back the blatant femininity of my ‘routine’.

4. NSYNC – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

Honestly, I don’t know how I HAVEN’T seen this video before! The 1990s were a magical time, full of pop music and complete nonsense! I don’t want to ruin anything about this video, it’s just plain cinematography genius. The art direction is unreal, and the Santa sleigh is nothing short of inspiring. I LOVE a good green screen!

3. 98 Degrees – This Gift

Unfortunately I couldn’t locate the original video for this epic holiday tune, but I secretly think this live performance video is just as good! Dang were these boys cute (well, at least a few of them)! And speaking of cute, a young Nick Lachey is TO DIE FOR. So Zac from Saved by the Bell cute! And the two boys in all white, adorable!

2. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas

This black and white gem was made a household favourite thanks to the recently brilliant movie, Love Actually. Always one of the first songs I belt at the top of my lungs each December, this tune has something intrinsic within the melody that simply puts a smile on my face. There really isn’t a day that goes by in December that I don’t break out in partial lyrics, prancing around to this joyful piece of music!

1. Faith Hill – Where are you Christmas?

To no surprise to anyone that knows me, my number one Holiday song stems directly from my country roots; Where are you Christmas? By Faith Hill simply warms my heart, and possibly even increases it a size or two! Written for the Jim Carrey feature length rendition of The Grinch that Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess and performed by the unmistakable Faith Hill is the perfect mix to guarantee Holiday music success!