The turkey is in the oven. Every potato in sight had been mashed, boiled, broiled and baked. Dessert is cooling in the fridge and the guests are expected through the front door any second. You hide the empty wine bottles that saw you through the basting, plucking, and stuffing of dinner, semi-patiently awaiting the arrival of family or friends.
It’s the holiday season which means hosting duties are in full effect whether you’ve gone all out with a four course meal or you’re mixing drinks for cocktail hour. Who better to see you through than Nora Ephron, writer and director of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time. Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, Julie and Julia…films that lift the spirits, touch the heart, and remain infinitely quotable with their witty charm. The soundtracks feature classic Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, and Louis combining timeless songs with modern love. If you’re not one to start singing Christmas carols at the drop of a hat, this playlist will give you the effortless feeling of traditions and warm the home as if you were Julia Child herself. Bon Appetit!
- As Time Goes By – Jimmy Durante
- Stardust – Nat King Cole
- Dreams – The Cranberries
- Make Someone Happy – Jimmy Durante
- Bye Bye Blackbird – Joe Cocker
- Remember – Harry Nilsson
- Dream – Roy Orbison
- Rockin’ Robin – Michael Jackson
- Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder
- I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City – Sinead O’Connor
- The You’ve Got Mail Suite – George Fenton
- The Glory of Love – Jimmy Durante
- Mes Emmerdes – Charles Aznavour
- Minor Swing – Django Reinhardt
- A Bushel and A Peck – Doris Day
- Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off – Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
- Love Is Here To Stay – Ella Fitzgerald
- Over the Rainbow – Ray Charles
- It Had To Be You – Frank Sinatra
- Time After Time – Margaret Whiting
- Julia’s Theme – The Academy Orchestra
Feel free to add your own seasonal favorites in the comments below or tweet us at @litdarling with more of your favorites from the Ephron canon.