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Since I am just not feeling well in my 39-week pregnant state … I thought I’d re-share this post from a year ago. A new favorite Christmas album for me this year is Kristin Chenoweth’s A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas.
10. Home for Christmas / Amy Grant
One of my first Christmas TAPE loves. I could listen to “The Night Before Christmas” over and over again. You gotta have a little Amy in your Christmas music.
9. Snowed In / Hanson
Y’all know I cannot deny my Hanson
obsession love. I could not even begin to tell you how many times my sister Ashley and I listened to this CD during high-school Christmas times.
8. Anything by Bing Crosby
What’s Christmas music without “White Christmas”? Not only is the movie perfection, the song is a Christmas staple. I love pretty much anything by Bing.
7. The Nativity Story: Sacred Songs / Various Artists
A more recent favorite, this CD is honestly heavenly. I didn’t care much for the movie, but these “inspired by the movie” songs are just gorgeous. “The Virgin’s Lullaby” is enchanting and will provoke tears. Last year, I told you about “Labor of Love.” Seriously, this one is worth purchasing.
6. A Christmas Together / John Denver and the Muppets
And on a less serious note… This is one we also wore the heck out of the tape each Christmas. My parents were big John Denver fans and I grew up on his music. I was so glad to see they’ve added back the tracks from the tape that they had excluded when they originally put this on CD. Yay!
5. Anything by Manheim Steamroller, especially Christmas Celebration
I mean, you just can’t not feel Christmasy when you hear the first few bars of “Celebration,” the first track on this album. So much fun!
4. Let it Snow / Michael Buble
3. The Living Room Sessions: Christmas / Chris Rice
I’m not usually that into instrumental music. I mean, I don’t sit around listening to classical music, generally speaking. Maybe Christmas changes that? Or maybe this piano music just makes me think of cold Virginia nights with ice on the trees and sitting around our old piano, singing in harmony or just listening to my daddy play.
2. Believe / Natalie Grant
1. Handel’s Messiah
Coming from a very musical family, Messiah is just the ultimate Christmas music! Every “Thanksmas” we attempt a few crazy chorales (I’m not up on my music terminology–is that the right word?). Singing through Messiah in college choir was one of my favorite life experiences. Challenging (especially for a second soprano … Handel didn’t do no second soprano part!) but awesome.
So … what song or album embodies Christmas for you? And when do you start listening to Christmas music?