The Art of Entertaining: Holiday Soundtrack.

A holiday party just isn't a party without music. My favorite holiday gatherings are the "drop by the house for appetizers and drinks" kind of gatherings. People are loud & laughing, eating & drinking, and the season is sprinkled about.

But, whether the you have a live band as the focus of the party, or simply some background music to help set the festive mood - music is an important party of entertaining your guests.

I consider myself a rare breed when it comes to the holidays. I can't wait for the day after Thanksgiving when holiday music begins being pumped into every radio channel, store & TV show you come in contact to - how wonderful!

So, in preparation for your next holiday gathering - here is a quick list of my favorite "traditional" holiday music to help set the mood.

1. Perry Como - Jingle Bells

2. Burl Ives - Santa Claus is Coming to Town

3. Bon Jovi - Please Come Home for Christmas

4. Ray Conniff - Ring Christmas Bells

5. Harry Connick Jr - Sleigh Ride

6. Perry Como (yes again) - Home for the Holidays

An eccelectic mix I know. Share your holiday favorites with us?