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I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our new column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.

It’s Christmas! It’s Christmas! Finals are winding down, and it’s time for a break! Exclamation points for everyone!

You know I love playlists, so here is what I made for you! If you are planning to have any sort of Christmas gathering, Christmas dinner, Christmas party, Christmas meditation, or just like really, really joyful and seasonally appropriate instrumental music, then these tracks should fit the bill. This list doesn’t have any classic songs that you have probably already listened to ad nauseum (or is that just me?), but in my opinion, these songs capture the classic Christmas feeling without being necessarily mainstream.

“It’s the Season for Love,” Two Steps

Suite from Polar Express

“Buddy and Santa’s Flight” from Elf

Instrumental of “What’s This?” from The Nightmare Before Christmas

“Spirit of the Season” from Polar Express

“Christmas at Hogwarts” from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“O Come, Emmanuel,” PianoGuys

“Angels We Have Heard on High,” PianoGuys

“Carol of the Bells,” Trans-Siberian Orchestra

“Carol of the Bells,” Mannheim Steamroller

These songs all inspire that unique sense of wonder and excitement the holiday season brings. As we gather with our families in warmth and love, no matter what we’re celebrating, we kindle that holiday light in our hearts to hold onto through the rest of the year.


Merry Christmas, Wildcats!


Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.



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