The Best Holiday Song for You, Based on Your Enneagram Type

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on December 21, 2021
Category: Enneagram

If there was any question that the holiday season is here, just turn on the radio for confirmation. From joyous to stoic and from religious to commercial, holiday music is part of the winter season. Not all songs appeal to all people, but regardless of how you feel about the holidays, there is a song for everyone. Below we offer you the best holiday tune, based on your Enneagram Type.

Type 1: Perfectionist: “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” by Bing Crosby

Your habit of attention goes to getting things right, and you like the idea that Santa knows who’s been good and bad. You sometimes feel the same way... And the line about “making a list and checking it twice” speaks to your heart - you love your lists! This song stays in your mind long after it has left the radio waves.

Your gift to us: The truth is we appreciate your lists and all the other efforts you make to get the details right so the rest of us can have a memorable holiday season.

Type 2: Giver: “Feed the World (Do They Know It’s Christmas?)” by BandAid 

With your helpful tendencies and your focus on others, just hearing this song probably gives you chills. This 1984 piece, written as part of the global fundraising Live Aid effort to combat the famine in Ethiopia, is a reminder of what can happen when the world comes together for good. The effort went on to raise over $190 million for famine relief, and this song continues to symbolize unity and compassion, values that are close to your heart. 

Your gift to us: We appreciate how you remind us of how we can serve others during the holidays.

Type 3: Achiever: “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano 

You are the master of adaptation, and that’s why this smash hit bilingual song is dedicated to you. This song inspires those of us who don’t even know Spanish to sing along - no easy feat. You like a winner, and this song fits the bill perfectly. 

Your gift to us: We appreciate your high spirits and your go-getter attitude. It inspires the rest of us.

Type 4: Individualist: “I’ll Have a Blue Christmas Without You” by Elvis Presley

It is easy for you to focus on what’s missing, and exploring darker emotions is your speciality, so it's no surprise that this is your holiday song. You are highly aware of the complexity of the holiday season because this period isn’t all lights and tinsel - there can be some complicated, heavy emotions too. 

Your gift to us:  Keep sharing your emotional fluency with us this holiday season. We like how you make space for all of our feelings, even the dark ones.

Type 5: Investigator: “Do You Hear What I Hear?” by Bing Crosby

With your keen observation skills, you appreciate the lyrics of a song that’s as perceptive as you are. After listening to this song, you probably researched the stellar constellations for December and when you hear “do you see what I see?” you have a pretty good idea of the stars that they saw. You love a song that gives you food for thought, and this is one of them. 

Your gift to us: We appreciate your perceptiveness and deep insight during the holidays. You remind us to look around during this festive season and not just consume.

Type 6: Skeptic: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Bing Crosby

With your core values of duty and loyalty, we know it's highly likely you’ll find a way to make it home for the holidays, so this is your song. Your dedication to those you love and your values around family and tradition often make you the anchor for family gatherings. 

Your gift to us: We admire your steadfastness to family and friends. You make the holidays a warmer place.

Type 7: Enthusiast: “Joy to the World” by Nat King Cole

With your positive tilt and infectious energy, you spread joy wherever you go, so this isn’t just your holiday song, it is almost like your year-round mantra. You may not be particularly religious, but you still like belting out these lyrics because they put you in a good mood. 

Your gift to us: We appreciate how you take your gift of positivity and spread it across the holiday season. You uplift the rest of us.

Type 8: Challenger:  “Hard Candy Christmas” by Dolly Parton

This holiday song about resilience is dedicated to you since this is one of your favorite traits. You aren’t one to feel sorry for yourself under any circumstances, and just listening to the words cheers you up and reminds you of your resourcefulness. The holidays may not look like a Norman Rockwell scene, but you are going to be fine. 

Your gift to us: We appreciate your strong will, your resolute ways, and how you always find a way through obstacles.

Type 9: Peacemaker: “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” by David Bowie and Bing Crosby

You love peace and harmony, so this is your holiday song. You especially love this version of Peace on Earth because it reminds you how very different people can come together and collaborate successfully. Harmony is your speciality, and you hold a unique place during the holiday season. Keep working your soothing magic because you are usually the one who de-escalates those family arguments. 

Your gift to us: We appreciate how you help the rest of us to get along.

These holiday songs can add a bit of cheer to the winter period because this season can be a mixed bag for many. On the one hand, it is a time to come together and enjoy each other’s company. On the other hand, it can be a stressful period filled with expectations and disappointments. When these songs come on, try to remember the unique gifts of the different Enneagram types. A little gratitude can go a really long way to brighten your holiday season and remind you about what you value in others.

Lynn Roulo

Lynn Roulo is an Enneagram instructor and Kundalini Yoga teacher who teaches a unique combination of the two systems, combining the physical benefits of Kundalini Yoga with the psychological growth tools of the Enneagram. She has written two books combining the two systems. Headstart for Happiness, her first book is an introduction to the systems. The Nine Keys, her second book, focuses on the two systems in intimate relationships. Learn more about Lynn and her work here at LynnRoulo.com.

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About the Clinical Reviewer

Steven Melendy, PsyD., is a Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He specializes in using evidence-based approaches in his work with individuals and groups. Steve has worked with diverse populations and in variety of a settings, from community clinics to SF General Hospital. He believes strongly in the importance of self-care, good friendships, and humor whenever possible.

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