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Ask Candy: What's On Your Christmas Playlist?

We share some of our favorite holiday songs with you this week. What are yours?
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We've got these songs on repeat all month. From old favorites to new versions of classics, there's something to put you in a holiday mood here. Just click play and start listening!

Marla Miniano, Editor In Chief Birdy's cover of "White Winter Hymnal" never gets old. —Marla, Editor In Chief
Steph Yapnayon, Art Director I like any Christmas songs in general, they really put me in a festive mood. —Steph, Art Director
Angel Constantino Aquino, Managing Editor There's nothing like a Tagalog Christmas song to really make you feel the holiday spirit. My favorites are "Emmanuel," "Himig ng Hangin," and "Pasko Na" by the Bukas Palad Music Ministry. —Angel, Managing Editor
Dyan Zarzuela, Entertainment and Features Editor There's this YouTube video of Doctor Who's Karen Gillan, Matt Smith, and Arthur Darvill just messing around and singing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." The line "Through the years we'll all be together if the fates allow" gets me every time because the fates do not allow, i.e., they've all left the show. :( —Dyan, Entertainment and Features Editor
Kaye Robles, Editorial Assistant "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and "Last Christmas" by Wham! AKA my favorite Christmas song ever. —Kaye, Editorial Assistant
Macy Alcaraz, Web Managing Editor Like I mentioned last week, I love "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and this version by Michael Buble and Idina Menzel is sweet! It also helps that the music video is the most adorable thing ever! —Macy, Web Managing Editor
Erin Torrejon, Web Fashion and Beauty Assistant I'm a sucker for all kinds of holiday songs. Pop, covers, and everything old school. —Erin, Web Fashion and Beauty Assistant
Ayessa De La Pena, Web Editorial Assistant "All I Want For Christmas" by Mariah Carey and "My Only Wish" by Britney Spears. So '90s! Hahahaha! —Ayessa, Web Editorial Assistant

What about you? Leave us a comment or tweet us @candymagdotcom to join the conversation!

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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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