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Top 10 Christmas Songs Recommended for 2016 Christmas

Top 10 Christmas Songs Recommended for 2016 Christmas

“We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” 

The familiar melody reminds us that Christmas Day is coming on the fourth Sunday this mouth. People are going to make preparation for Christmas meals, Christmas trees, Christmas cards, Christmas gifts, etc. to welcome the coming of the Christmas holiday. Wait a minute, we can’t forget about one of the most important things we get to experience during Christmas: the Christmas songs. There is nothing quite like Christmas songs that make your holiday brighter and merrier.

A good Christmas song can melt the heart of even the steeliest Grinch, from hardened hipster to a grumpy grandpa. So here are top 10 Christmas songs recommended for you that focus on secular Christmas themes, such as winter scenes, family gatherings, and Santa Claus. This list includes almost all genres of music, like pop, rock, R&B, country and children’s Christmas songs. I hope these Christmas songs can brighten your holiday.

1. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

This is by far one of my favorite Christmas songs ever! This song is so catchy and gets you in the Christmas spirit from the moment you hear it. It is lively, upbeat and happy, and gets you in a good mood. The song is inevitably racking up more and more cover versions as its popularity continues to mount and it’s achieved classic status. Mariah Carey is a fully-deserved queen of Christmas songs! Every Christmas, when I want to listen to Christmas songs, I will pick this song as my first choice.

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     2. “Santa Tell Me” by Ariana Grande

    The lyrics are an interesting twist on the old Christmas lyrical standard of “I want love for Christmas,” and addresses the question. What happens after the mistletoe has been taken down? Is there any guarantee for non-snowy love? The song’s lyrics tell us a sad love story, but with a bright melody. Santa also has no answer about the question of “if he really cares.” Ariana’s voice makes the Christmas ambience cuter and the epitome of lovely.

      3. “Mary, Did You Know” by Pentatonix

      The hearts of children and parents alike will be stirred by this wistful, insightful, and awe-inspiring narrative of the extraordinary life of Jesus. “Mary, Did You Know?” will give rich enjoyment to your family’s time together, not just during Christmas, but during any day of the year. This incredible and breathtaking song has magic and power and will bring you to tears when you listen it.

        4. “Christmas Canon” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

        The song is the perfect combination between the Christmas theme and Canon just like its name “Christmas Canon” suggests. The beautiful piano and violin melody, along with harmonies of children’s chorales, create such a heart-warming atmosphere in the cold snowy winter night that easily brings you into the happy mood of the Christmas season.

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          5. “Someday at Christmas” by Stevie Wonder & Andra Day

          It was originally released in 1967 and the title track still remains relevant today. Especially during troubled times, the song is an elegant and eloquent hope for a world that is filled with peace, equality, and free from poverty, hatred, and hunger. The song was referring to the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement, but the lyrics can easily be applied to the state of the world today.

            6. “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” by Bruce Springsteen

            Even though there are various memorable versions of this Christmas classic, like the versions performed by Crystals and The Jackson 5, our favorite rendition of the 1934 song is still from Bruce and the E Street Band. It just wouldn’t sound like the holidays without Bruce Springsteen and this holiday staple is the oldest Christmas song (1934) on our list of the top 10 Christmas songs. The classic surpassed the test of time and will never be out of style.

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              7. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms

              Such a fun and festive song! As one of the classic Christmas songs, the song is joyful and cheerful and it always fills me up with Christmas cheer. If we say that “ Jingle Bell” is the song for children, “Jingle Bell Rock” is definitely the version that’s for adults. When it appeared in the movie Home Alone, it became an instant holiday classic.

                8. “It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Michael Bublé

                Michael Bublé’s voice is as classic as the gramophone and he has actually been one of the few singers that’s made his own standards. The song is absolutely eloquent and simple and his talent doesn’t feel like it is wasted. His voice is one of kind and makes for an enjoyable time when listening to this Christmas song. For people who like to remember the past, the song is deserving of being listened to again and again.

                  9. “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen

                  The song lays dormant in Cohen’s vast repertoire for more than a decade. Leonard Cohen has always been ambiguous about what his “Hallelujah” is about, with its sexual scenery and its religious symbolism. “This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled,” Cohen has said. “But there are moments when we can reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that’s what I mean by ‘Hallelujah’.”

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                    10. “Little Drummer Boy” by Pentatonix

                    The version of David Bowie and Bing Crosby is well-known by most people, but the cover by Pentatonix is also very beautiful and creative. Their voices touch your soul and make you remember the true meaning of Christmas. This group is amazing. Their harmonies and their ability to blend so well shows a true dedication to their craft. If you love the traditional song, you will love their version even more.

                      If you want to brighten your holiday, don’t hesitate to visit iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, or any other music sites, and download your favorite Christmas songs for better enjoyment. Merry Christmas to all of you!

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                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                      The result: no more mental stress.

                      2. Unplug

                      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                      3. Easy on the Caffeine

                      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                      The result: mental stress will be gone!

                      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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