Let’s Share Our Favorite Christmas Music

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Last night we drove the minivan up to St. Albans to see the Christmas lights. It’s a small, sweet little display and it’s been a family tradition since the boys were small. Jeff always packs them a cooler with a special drink—rootbeer for Teddy, grape soda for Jeffrey—and we all pile in (even the dog—this is Bonnie’s first Christmas, after all), play the Christmas music, and breathe deep the season. When they were tinies, I would get them all scrubbed up before we left, put them in fuzzy footie pajamas, and watch them fall asleep on the way home. So much excitement for two little boys. I’ve been a bit sentimental about these traditions this year, trying not to think, “This is the last time …” since Teddy will be going away to school next year. The treasure is in the little things.

Last night, it was important for me to drive because last year, on this same trip, with me behind the wheel, we had an accident on the way home. No one was hurt but it was scary and I’ve been going over it and over it in my mind ever since. But that’s a story for another time. The point of this story is that because I drove, Jeff was in charge of music. He turned on the Contemporary Christian Christmas station of Pandora.

And I was bored to tears.

I don’t know. Maybe I’m too particular. Music is very important in our family. We build conversations and relationships around it. Both of my boys play in the praise band on Sunday morning and Jeff leads. Little Jeffrey is in Marching Band and Indoor Drumline at the high school. When I cook dinner in the evening I’m playing Ellie Holcomb or Christa Wells or Mat Kearney or some music that feeds my soul and takes me out of the stress of the day into a new and beautiful place.

I wonder if it’s the same for you? And have you been bored with the same old ho-hum Christmas albums? All this to say, let’s share some of our favorite Christmas music, shall we? I’ll go first, and then, you. Please tell me in the comments about your favorite, favorite Christmas albums. I really want to know.

Here are some of mine, in no particular order.

  1. Brian Setzer’s Boogie Woogie Christmas. Yes. This is just fun. We have the dvd version of his Christmas Extravaganza, and we watch it every year. It’s a great way to get in the holiday spirit.
  2. Bing Crosby’s White Christmas. Classic. I swoon for Bing. I also love watching The Holiday Inn this time of year. What can I say? I’m a hopeless romantic.
  3. A Jolly Christmas with Frank Sinatra. Nothing smoother than Frank’s voice on this album.
  4. Johnny Cash’s Christmas with Johnny Cash. I grew up with Johnny Cash playing on the radio. I’m crazy about all things Johnny. This album is no exception.
  5. Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful Christmas. We used to play this a lot when the boys were small. They loved his “Zat You Santa Claus?” It made them erupt in fits of giggles. Ah, happy memory.
  6. A Charlie Brown Christmas. Of course.
  7. Sixpence None the Richer’s The Dawn of Grace. I just love Leigh Nash’s voice.
  8. Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong. This album is so clean and lovely. Sarah’s voice is perfect.
  9. Casting Crown’s Peace on Earth. So many good songs on this one.
  10. Yo-Yo Ma’s Songs of Joy and Peace. Yes. Just to be different. The great artist has several guests performing with him, including James Taylor and Chris Thile.
  11. Over the Rhine’s Snow Angels and Blood Oranges in the Snow. Discovered this wonderful husband and wife team at Laity Lodge a few years ago and have been a fan ever since. Karen’s voice is butter.
  12. James Taylor At Christmas. I love James. This album makes me happy.
  13. Third Day’s Christmas Offerings. A very special album to us for the ways it weaves into our own story. This was released the Christmas after Jeff was saved and for that reason the songs will always be near to my heart.
  14. Chris Tomlin’s Glory in the Highest. A great album altogether but I mainly listen to hear Audrey Assad sing “Winter Snow.” I never get tired of that beautiful song.

Ok. So there are a few of my favorites. I’m sure I’ll think of more as soon as I publish this post. How about you? Will you share with me?

Comments

  1. says

    I’m trying not to look too far ahead, as well, but it isn’t easy. This is the first Christmas there aren’t any little ones around, and we will be empty nesters next Christmas – for the first time since our 8yo nephew came to live with us in 1977!

    Music is my favorite part of Christmas, I think, and I have a fairly large library of music. Some of my favorites are: A Child is Born – Classical Praise Guitar, Baby, It’s Cold Outside – A Crooner Christmas, Christmas at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, Christmas by Rebecca St. James, Christmas Celebration by Mannheim Steamroller, Christmastime by Michael W. Smith, Classic Christmas Brass by the National Philharmonic Brass of London, Handel’s Messiah by The Oratorio Society of New York Home for Christmas by Amy Grant, In Excelsis Deo by the National Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Miracle of Christmas – Songs 4 Life, WOW Christmas,You Are Emmanuel by Truth, Glory in the Highest by Chris Tomlin (my daughter and I went to that cancer and heard Audrey Assad sing “Winter Snow”, Joy – An Irish Christmas by Keith and Kristyn Getty, and Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey (her version of O Holy Night will knock your socks off!)

    • says

      So many good titles, Patricia! My husband loves Mannheim Steamroller, and how could I forget Handel’s Messiah! I’m envious you got to hear Audrey sing Winter Snow live. Last year, my Christmas wish was for Jeff to learn that song on guitar so we could sing it together Christmas morning. No easy task! Thanks for sharing some of your favorites, my friend. Merry Christmas.

  2. says

    Nothing says Christmas to me like the music, as Ms. Patricia stated. At the top of the list would be James Taylor’s CD–probably my favorite. We also have ‘Wintersong’ by Sarah Mc–amazing. Some other favorites:
    Josh Groban ‘Noel’
    Andrea Boccelli ‘My Christmas’
    and probably my favorite, Peter Paul and Mary’s Christmas Special from PBS.
    Thanks for asking.
    And thank God for beautiful music.

    • says

      Peter Paul and Mary? I’ll have to check that out, Jody! I love Josh Groban too, but don’t always dig it out. Yes, thank God for beautiful music. Thank God for you :). Merry Christmas, beautiful friend.

  3. says

    Love your list, Laura! I am not at home right now, but I am huge fan of the Carpenter’s Christmas CD. I love that Casting Crowns Christmas album on your list — it’s become my favorite. And, as a Cuban girl, I have to recommend Gloria Estefan’s Christmas albums to all. 🙂

    • says

      Gloria?! Yes! I have wonderful memories of her from the 80s. I be she dos a fabulous Christmas album. And I love the Carpenters, Lyli. I didn’t know they had a Christmas album. Jeff and I just returned from a quick overnight trip to Lexington and we were listening to a station that played the most obscure Christmas songs. It was fun listening! Merry Christmas, sweet friend!

  4. Teresa R says

    I also like Bing Crosby’s White Christmas. My husband got me hooked on Australian Christmas music. We like Greg Doolan’s Australian Christmas Album

    • says

      OH, my goodness, Australian Christmas music? I never even thought about it. I’ll have to find that album and give it a listen, Teresa. Thanks for sharing that. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  5. says

    My favorite song is Little Drummer Boy. I love the humble approach of the little who had nothing to give, and Jesus’s response. Such a beautiful picture of how we must come to Jesus, and how He responds! Bing Crosby and Perry Como’s Christmas albums are favorites. I try to watch the movie White Christmas every year. Growing up in Vermont I enjoy that connection, but also love the military story and how they show their love, respect and appreciation to their Sergeant. Maybe we should do a post on favorite Christmas movies, too! Blessings on your Christmas, Laura!

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