Song Lyric Sunday | “That’s Christmas to Me” – Pentatonix

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Christmas/Holiday/Snowman.


It wasn’t that long ago the a cappela group, Pentatonix, was posting YouTube videos all over the internet building a following–which included my three children. Of course, now they’re Grammy-Award winning, international artists whose concerts sell out even with tickets that cost up to $400!

The heartwarming song, That’s Christmas to Me, celebrates the spirit of a traditional holiday. The title track of Pentatonix’s second holiday release is the only original tune on the collection.
Pentatonix’s Kevin Olusola told Billboard magazine why they recorded an original song for the album. “We just wanted a song that focuses on the nostalgia of Christmas,” he said. “For us, we are gone so much on the road. The only time we get to spend with family is during Christmas. So we wanted to write a song that kind of focuses on that.”
That’s Christmas to Me peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 in 2014.  The album is also the highest charting holiday album by a group since 1962 and has sold 1,900,000 copies in the US as of December 2016.



    • Who wrote this song? Katy Lou Clark and Penny Lea Clark of the bluegrass trio, Purple Hulls, are given credit on some lyric sites, but the album credits group members Scott and Kevin.
    • The a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, first garnered attention on the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off, where their talent for creating unique vocal arrangements of existing pop songs earned them the grand prize of $200,000 and a Sony recording contract.
    • Maldonado, Hoying, and Grassi were high school friends who formed a vocal trio to compete in a radio competition for the chance to meet the cast of Glee. Their rendition of Lady Gaga’s Telephone didn’t take the top prize, but it did earn them a following on YouTube.
    • Hoying met Kaplan at the University of South Carolina and persuaded him to join the group to help meet the five-person minimum for The Sing-Off. Olusola’s future band-mates found him on YouTube, where he was famous for “celloboxing” – beat-boxing and playing the cello simultaneously.
    • Their name is taken from the five-note Pentatonic scale, with an ‘x’ added for flare.


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That’s Christmas to Me

by Pentatonix

Songwriters: Scott Hoying / Kevin Oluwole Olusola

The fireplace is burning bright, shining all on me
I see the presents underneath the good old Christmas tree
And I wait all night ’til Santa comes to wake me from my dreams
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I see the children play outside, like angels in the snow
While mom and daddy share a kiss under the mistletoe
And we’ll cherish all these simple things wherever we may be
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I’ve got this Christmas song in my heart
I’ve got the candles glowing in the dark
I’m hanging all the stockings by the Christmas tree
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I listen for the thud of reindeer walking on the roof
As I fall asleep to lullabies, the morning’s coming soon
The only gift I’ll ever need is the joy of family
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I’ve got this Christmas song in my heart (song in my heart)
I’ve got the candles glowing in the dark
I’m hanging all the stockings by the Christmas tree
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me


Oh, all the joy that fills our hearts and makes us see
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I’ve got this Christmas song in my heart
I’ve got the candles glowing in the dark
And then for years to come we’ll always know one thing
That’s the love that Christmas can bring
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me



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