One of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to decorate any space is by filling it with music.   Using our laptop computer and wireless speakers, we can set up a sound scape throughout the house with just the touch of the button.  Guests are often humorously called to breakfast with the “Call To The Cows” section of the William Tell Overture by Gioacchino Rossini (you’ve heard it in Bugs Bunny cartoons for years).  A hike might be preceded by the sounds of reveille to get people in the spirit, and a simple sound track can set the theme for a dinner party even if you don’t have a single second to spend on decorations.

We carry this idea for music into the Mercantile, too.

Here are our selections from the Mercantile Holiday Playlist

A mix of the modern & traditional, just like Beekman 1802.

Calling on Mary by Aimee Mann

Winter Wonderland by Aretha Franklin

Jingle Bells by Barbara Streisand

Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Gene Autry

Mambo (Malibu Mix) by Billy May

Happy Holidays (Beef Wellington Remix) by Bing Crosby

Carol of the Bells by The Bird and the Bee

The Nutcracker Suite by The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Christmas is Coming Soon by Blitzen Trapper

2000 Miles by Coldplay

A Marshmallow World by Dean Martin

The Man With the Bag by Diana Krall

Sleigh Ride by Ella Fitzgerald

Frosty The Snowman by Fiona Apple

We Wish You the Merriest by Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby

The Happy Elf by Harry Connick Jr.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Stuhr Remix) by Kay Starr

Baby It’s Cold Outside by Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel

Let it Snow by Magnet

All I Want for Christmas (MJ Cole Remix) by Nat King Cole Trio

Peace by Norah Jones

I Like a Sleighride (Jingle Bells) by Peggy Lee

Little Drummer Boy by Pink Martini

Toy Packaging by Sara Groves

Joy to the World by Sufjan Stevens

All I Want for Christmas is You  by Teddy Geiger

I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Tony Bennett

River by Travis

Skating by Vince Guaraldi

All That I Want by The Weepies

Tell us your favorite holiday song in the comment section below.

by Josh and Brent

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Any and all of the Robert Shaw Christmas recordings–still the best recordings of traditional hymns and carols!


My mother listened to Spike Jones Christmas as a child, and so did we when we were kids …"All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!…". It has been a lifelong favorite. It's very fun, goofy, and some of the songs are sung in Pig-Latin!

Donna in Whitefish M

Check out Snow Angels by Over the Rhine! My husband discovered them a few years ago while on his long commute home from work in a snowstorm. We have bought most of their cds and love their sound!

linda olson

no better camp than i want a hippotamus for christmas! it's right up there with the chipmunks and charlie brown!


My favorite Christmas song, as a parent of adult children, is "The Man Who Would Be Santa" by Vertical Horizon. Makes me cry every time I listen.

Judy Phurrough

The Statler Brothers Christmas Albums are the best. Several old favorites and many new ones they have written. They're fabulous story tellers in song version and make you feel warm & fuzzy all over.


I was able to listen to Magnet's "Let It Snow" by streaming it over youtube – its a fun song. But, I can't find much information about it – and can not find anywhere on the internet to download it, only found the you tube stream… any thoughts?

paige sprenkel

"sacred arias" everything on this andrea bocelli cd is great!!!!!!!! it sounds best with a bit of volume– you can't help but be moved by his beautiful voice!!!!!


I'm really enjoying a new version this year of one of my long-time favorites: "Baby It's Cold Outside" sung by Chris Colfer and Darren Criss from the 'GLEE' Christmas album.

And – ditto for "Winter Wonderland" by Johnny Mathis. I've played that one every Christmas since I was a kid and the album was a new release.

John McPherson

I would add "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" sung by Nat King Cole AND "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" by Johnny Mathis. My Christmas isn't complete without them.


I LOVE all the music. One of my favorites is Ave Maria. I was just turned on to music. Unlimited free music! Check it out. Merry, happy! Can't wait to listen to your selections.

Lauren Starkey

Can't wait to sample some of these…I love getting some new music in the mix. I've been listening to Take Six's album "He is Christmas" for years and still love it. It's part intimate, part sacred, and part fun!

William Zahner

"The Holly and the Ivy" done by the LSO Orchestra and Chorus. It's very uplifting and very Medieval!


Ever since I was a small child I've been a huge fan of Dean Martin. Just love his version of "Baby It's Cold Outside"


Any version of Marshmallow World always brings a smile. Other contenders are Suzy Snowflake (Rosemary Clooney)and on a more serious note, Oh Holy Night.


It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams. It makes me sway with seasonal joy.


I actually have two: Santa Baby sung by Eartha Kitt and It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" sung by Johnny Mathis. I especially like the line "and mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again!"

teri tighe

My sister just posted about Zooey's singing on Elf, yesterday. She has a great voice. I need to find those songs, above, and make a cd.

My absolute favorite Christmas song is "O Holy Night". Makes me cry and tingle, at the same time.

Where do you find most of the songs? Have you heard them before or do you just look up your favorite artists and see what they've recorded?