'Twas the FMS Holiday Playlist

We love the holiday season because it’s a time of creativity, generosity, goodwill, love and laughter. We're feeling extra festive this year and decided to create an FMS playlist of our favorite holiday songs for all of our clients and friends to hear. Below is each person's favorite Christmas song and why.  


Tim Pannell

O Holy Night by Il Divo

This is a great doxology. It elevates the glory of God in Christmas.


Laurie Pannell

Joy to the World by Mahalia Jackson

Since I was a little girl, I have always loved this. It never fails to give me goosebumps. Can’t believe I grew up to have a daughter with a beautiful voice that’s just as awesome!


Sean Hockenbery

Last Christmas by Wham

George Michael’s vocal delivery is smoother than silk. And then there’s the beat!


Bill Collier

Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix.

When I was 8 years old, living in Chicago, the claymation came on TV and it made a huge impact on my life. I loved how beautiful it was to see the drummer boy playing for Jesus. I cried like a baby. I still get choked up. Excuse me a minute.


Lexie Smith

Away In A Manger

My mom used to sing this song to us whenever we had trouble falling asleep - whether it was the Christmas season or not. It always makes me feel nostalgic


Clark Hook

Hallelujah from Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

While not technically a Holiday song, this version of the song has been a part of our family since my kids were babies. It always makes the holidays feel like a celebration.


Amber Farley

The Christmas Song

My absolute favorite version is the one my dad plays. He used to play and sing this for our family on the acoustic guitar each Christmas Eve, before we read The Night Before Christmas. The closest one to that is Nat King Cole’s version. 


    Heidi Glick

    What Child is This? by Johnny Mathis

    I grew up listening to Johnny Mathis Christmas songs on a record player the size of an entertainment unit (technology back then!). I love the story of this song.


    Molli Carter

    The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole

    When I was little and heard this song, it enchanted me and I always thought, “when I grow up this is what my family’s Christmas will be like.” It’s the perfect Christmas Song


    Crystal Sirls

    Tennessee Christmas by Amy Grant

    When I was a little girl, we moved from California to Tennessee. After being at my new school for a month, we did a Christmas play and we had to sing Christmas songs. One of those songs was Tennessee Christmas. When I hear it now, it reminds me of my first Christmas in Tennessee and it makes me so happy!


    Zach Pannell

    Little Saint Nick by the Beach Boys

    I recognize this probably isn’t the greatest Christmas song, but, for some reason, my sisters and I loved it when we were kids. We would listen to it over and over and over again so it brings back wonderful childhood memories of Christmas with my family.


    Jonathan Pendergrass

    Someday at Christmas by Stevie Wonder

    This Song reminds me of my dad. When I was a kid he would play this song and lyrically it always moved me. as i got older and began to realize the meaning of this song, it's become a holiday favorite – a reminder of the true spirit of Christmas.


    Victoria Jamison

    Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee

    I find that it’s the best song to sing at the top of my lungs during any and every holiday activity - baking, wrapping presents, decorating, etc. (Or even when responding to a co-worker’s email about Christmas songs.)


    William Colepaugh

    Mary Did You Know

    I love how soulful this song and this performance are. 


    Blake Hodges

    Show Me the Magic by Jamie Cullum

    I mean, really, who doesn't love magic? 

    Happy holidays from all your friends at FMS!