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Merry & Bright: the 2020 Live On Nebraska Holiday Playlist

December 11, 2020

The holidays just wouldn’t be the holidays without music. The sounds of the season take us back to our childhood, help us mark new traditions with our families and, in general, make everything just a little more merry and bright.

This year we asked our staff to share what they’re listening to this holiday season and if the song is special to them, why. From religious classics to modern-day favorites, they produced an eclectic mix of tunes, and some heart-warming memories, sure to enhance your holiday spirit.

Listen to the full set on our YouTube holiday playlist.

Johnny Mathis

The Christmas Song
Artist: Johnny Mathis
Nominated by: Dana Newman, Administrative Assistant
“My mom always played Johnny Mathis at Christmas time when I was growing up.”


Mariah Carey

All I Want for Christmas is You
Artist: Mariah Carey
Nominated by: Betsy Hofman, Donation Coordinator & Bryn Reed, Direct of Human Resources
“You just know it’s Christmas when you hear Mariah!” – Bryn

Pentatonix That's Christmas to Me

Mary Did You Know?
Artist: Pentatonix
Nominated by: Amy Schworm, Tissue Donation Coordinator
“It is just the true meaning of Christmas to me. We are celebrating Jesus’ birthday.”

Rend Collective Christmas Album

Christmas In Killarney
Artist: Rend Collective
Nominated by: Tyson Kinzle, Professional Outreach Coordinator
“It reminds me of a fun Christmas with Celtic sounds of my ancestors.”

Josh Buble Christmas Album

Silver Bells
Artist: Michael Bublé
Nominated by: Kelsey York, Donation Services Specialist

Christmas Cannon
Artist: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Nominated by: Tressa Splonskowski, Hospital Services Manager
“I love the melody. It was the wedding song I walked down the aisle to. Brings me back to that day every time I hear it.”

Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Artist: The Jackson 5
Nominated by: Tim Murdock, IT Specialist
“My daughter just loves the song, so I love it by default.”

Sleigh Ride
Recorded by: Jazz at the Lincoln Center
Nominated by: Jenna Farritor, Quality Specialist

Artist: Benn Platt
Nominated by: Troy Syverson, Clinical Coordinator

Artist: Pentatonix
Nominated by: Sheri Bridwell, Donation Services Specialist
“Just an amazing song to me, and I love Pentatonix’s music!!!”

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Artist: Darlene Love
Nominated by: Adam Haug, Marketing & Graphics Specialist

Happy Xmas (War is Over)
Artist: John Lennon
Nominated by: Emily Niebrugge, Public Outreach Specialist
“My dad instilled my love of The Beatles in me, so I especially love John Lennon’s version of this song. My dad is my hero for more reasons than one, including his tissue and eye donation, so this song is very special to me ❤️.”

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Artist: Frank Sinatra
Nominated by: Michael Dickes, Advanced Surgical Services Coordinator
“Reminds me of putting up the tree as a kid with the family.”

Mele Kalikimaka
Artist: Bing Crosby
Nominated by: Sarah Jacobs, Donation Coordinator
“My grandpa used to sing it beautifully every Christmas season, our family continues the tradition.”

Silent Night
Artist: Leona Lewis
Nominated by: Shanetle Foster, Human Resources Specialist
“Just a family favorite.”

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Artist: Brenda Lee
Nominated by: Kara Cordell, Marketing & PR Manager
“Can’t you just picture the party in the McCallister house as Kevin temporarily fends off Harry and Marv? Also, it’s completely impossible not to sing along when this one comes on.”

Hallelujah Chorus
Performed by: Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Nominated by: Catherine Hartel, Donation Coordinator
“I was living in Colorado, working as a veterinary technician in an emergency clinic. After getting off shift Christmas Eve, I drove by Bethany Lutheran Church, and thought I could sneak in the back (and hide the wrinkled, sweaty scrubs I was still wearing). Yep, I was wrong. The ushers led me to a seat in the second row. I shouldn’t have worried as no one seemed to mind or notice. The night was perfect. Then the church choir began singing the Hallelujah Chorus. I can still shut my eyes and remember that feeling of oneness, serenity….peace. That night was 27 years ago and I’ll remember it for the rest of my life.”

Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Artists: Nat King Cole & Dean Martin
Nominated by: Nina Leckron, Clinical Quality Specialist
“It reminds me of my grandparents. Every year growing up my siblings and I helped them put up and decorate their Christmas tree, and we’d listen to Christmas music that included a ton of Dean Martin because they loved the crooners. I also really appreciate that the song isn’t religious, for those of us who aren’t Christian but still wish to participate in winter holiday festivities and are maybe secretly celebrating Festivus or Solstice instead.”

Under my Tree
Artist: NSYNC
Nominated by: Donna Haney, Communication Services Manager

Little Drummer Boy
Artist: Pentatonix
Nominated by: Carrie Novak, Donation Services Specialist
“I listen to all their music. It’s amazing!!”



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