We don’t break out the Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. My husband collects Christmas albums so it’s all I can do to refrain him from starting the Christmas caroling on Halloween. However, the other day my husband took Lydia to the store. When they got back they confessed to their disobedience: THEY LISTENED TO CHRISTMAS MUSIC ON PANDORA! And that has opened the flood-gate. It has been all Christmas music all the time ever since then.
I, of course, have my favorites: Harry, Vince Guaraldi and uh, more Harry. But today, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I’m sharing my TOP TEN CHRISTMAS ALBUMS YOU PROBABLY DON’T OWN BUT SHOULD. That way you can spend your Black Friday buying Christmas albums on Amazon instead of getting trampled in Walmart. (Plus, if you click my links and actually buy something from Amazon? I’ll get some pennies in my paypal account!)
1. Holiday by Crystal Lewis
Crystal Lewis is one of my perpetual favorites. She’s soulful and kinda r&b-ish but jazzy, too. Her voice is unique and just lovely. After looking through all my Christmas albums tonight, I have discovered that it has DISAPPEARED. I am rectifying that on itunes immediately.
Best song: Joy To The World. Or Let It Snow. Or Go Tell It On The Mountain. Or…
2. A Christmas Song by Russ Taff
I do not know one other song by Russ Taff. He’s like an old old old school contemporary Christian singer. My husband can sing some of his old stuff. He had the record. Like RECORD. But this cd? Oh, it’s just jazzy yumminess and you MUST own it.
Best Song: Let It Snow
3. Behold the Lamb of God by Andrew Peterson
The only time I saw Andrew Peterson he was opening up for another band. At his table he had T-shirts that said, “Andrew Peterson is my friend.” And I immediately liked him. He is also a children’s book author. So, of course I love him. This CD is not “Christmas-y” in the way I normally like but what I do like about it is this: he tells the entire Christmas narrative throughout the CD. It’s not just a CD, it’s a story!
Best song: Matthew’s Begats (how ironic.)
4. Christmas Caravan by Squirrel Nut Zippers
I love Squirrel Nut Zippers. The girl’s voice is gravelly. GRAVELLY. And I love it. Actually, there are only about 2 songs I like on this album: The Gift of the Magi and Winter Weather. But they are both SO worth it!
Best Song: Gift of the Magi
5. Christmas Time Is Here by Erin O’Donnell
Erin O’Donnell is another Christian artist that I don’t really know. I’ve never listened to any of her other stuff but if this album is any indication, I love her! It’s a nice classy, jazzy, Christmas-y album with one of my favorite original songs: Christmas Kiss.
Best song: uh…Christmas Kiss
6. Christmas Cheers by Straight No Chaser
I have to admit, I don’t really own this album. I was invited to a Bloggy Meet & Greet with them last week. I failed to RSVP and had friends come to town, so I missed it. But just watching the videos on their website made me love them. They are an a capella group who met in college and now 10 years later are making the big time!
Best Song: Christmas Bells
A rockin’ fun Christmas CD for the whole family! Yancy, is of course, one of my great friends and one of Lydia’s idols. This is Yancy’s first Christmas CD and we already love it. The other day Lydia heard a Christmas song while we were shopping and said, “This is on Aunt Yancy’s CD!!”
Best Song: The Greatest Gift
8. Yo! Ho Ho!
*snicker* This might be the best CD tape of all times. *snort* If you like old Christian rap (and who doesn’t?), then this is the album for you. Come on, how can you not love a song like, “You can’t spell Christmas without Christ! Pump it up! You got to be heard!” *sigh* I really did love this album in 7th grade. Please tell me someone else had this tape. Please.
My guilty pleasure CD. You know I’m not a big American Idol fan. But this one was a Target special a few years ago. And we love it!
Best Song: uhm…not sure. But I know I like this one…
10. Christmas Celebration of Hope by BB King
Actually, this is the album you should NEVER EVER OWN IN A MILLION YEARS. I thought this would be a cool one to have on the playlist. But as soon as I heard “Back Door Santa” I couldn’t listen to the rest of it. OMG. Please. Never buy this CD.
Best Song: THERE IS NOT ONE.
So, what’s your favorite Christmas album?
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It’s the week of Thanksgiving. I know you’re low on blog fodder. Why not try a list? Specifically a Top Ten list? It could be the Top Ten Recipes You Are Cooking for Thanksgiving. Or the Top Ten Relatives You Want to See (Or NOT See) on Thursday.
Let’s see what you come up with! Just post a list on your blog, link to me in the post, then put the URL to your specific post in the linky below. Then, travel around to the rest of the Top Ten participants and leave a comment and make a friend!