1. Little Drummer Boy
I found One the most difficult type for this list. However, this song shows the little drummer boy sets himself high standards ('I played my best for him,') and this lovely version by Bing Crosby and David Bowie has extra lyrics that with high standards for others too ('Every child must be made aware, every child must be made to care'.
The choice for the Two has good intentions but its understanding of others' needs is out of touch with reality. Africa is apparently a place, 'where nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow.' Who did the research for this exactly?
'Folks dressed up like eskimos', 'Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow', 'Yuletide songs being sung by a choir'. This Threeish song is firmly focused on a picture-perfect Christmas, and Nat King Cole's delivery is very posed and polished.
Joni Mitchell is a Four, and her song is melancholy, emotionally honest as well as being a unique artistic expression of a frosty season. 'I wish I had a river I could skate away on...'
The Five's song is all about knowing the truth about Christmas, not blinding believing what you are told and superficially going along with the commercial aspect. Fives are naturally inclined to have a perspective that is different from that of the masses. 'They sold me a dream of Christmas...'
The choice for a Six shows a heightened awareness of authority, ('He sees you when you're sleeping'), of following rules ('You'd better not cry, you'd better not pout') and of being either 'bad or good'. I like Bruce Springsteen's (who is a Six apparently) version but you have to skip ahead a few minutes on this video to get to the music.
This immediately came to mind for the Seven's Christmas song: fun, colourful, greedy and hedonistic. The video says it all (even the title does!).
Like Eights, the characters in this song tell it like it is (He: 'I could have been someone. She: 'Well, so could anyone!') and are not afraid of a confrontation (She: 'You're a bum, you're a punk.' He: 'You're an old slut on junk'.)
Nines are all about going with the flow, which is perfectly expressed in this lovely, peaceful song about being stuck in traffic at Chistmastime but not getting annoyed about it. 'It's gonna take some time, but I'll get there.'