Thursday, November 29, 2007

Christmas Music

I love Christmas time, and I love Christmas music. My wife doubts this, but only because I refuse to listen to it day-in day-out from Thanksgiving until New Year's. I get tired of listening to any music that much; to top it off, the Christmas music is very memorable and I already have issues with getting songs stuck in my head.

Anyway, I thought I would share list of my three favorite Christmas albums (in alphabetical order).

  1. Bing Crosby: White ChristmasBing Crosby's White Christmas: Nothing seems to sound right at Christmas without Bing crooning "White Christmas". My favorite Christmas movie is one of his, too - Holiday Inn, in which "White Christmas" debuted.

  2. The Carpenters: Christmas PortraitThe Carpenters Christmas Portrait: Seriously, just listening to Karen Carpenter's voice. Beautiful.

  3. Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown ChristmasVince Guaraldi Trio Charlie Brown Christmas: Evocative. Brings tears to your eyes, because the good music is so tightly tied in the collective memory of Americans to good ol' Charlie Brown and Charles Schultz' tale of a blockhead's Christmas.

As a bonus, my favorite all-time Christmas song: "Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel".

What are your favorite Christmas songs and albums?

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Anonymous said...

Gotta add Michael McDonald, "In The Spirit" and James Taylor "At Christmastime".
Oh, and how about "Heaven In A Manger" by Paul & Anna Joseph? ;)

euphrony said...

I've heard nothing but bad things about "Heaven in a Manger" - wait, who wrote that again ;)

No, actually I missed the free download and I've not had a chance to check it out. It's on iTunes, right?

Anonymous said...

John Denver and the Muppets Christmas album.

Best. Ever.

Douglas said...

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel is my favorite Advent hymn, by a micron, followed by Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. Adeste Fideles is my favorite Christmas hymn, followed by What Child is This.

I don't have a favorite album.

Amy said...

I love so many, I"m not sure I can narrow it down.

Behold the Lamb of God Andrew Peterson and friends

All of Michael W. Smith's Christmas cds

Celine Dion's These are Special Times

Sarah McLachlan's Wintersong
and the list goes on!

I also love the ones you mentioned.

O Come O Come Emmanuel, O Holy Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and Labor of Love are probably my favorite Christmas songs. I also get goosebumps when all the words are sung for Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and What Child is This is gorgeous as well (words and music)...I give up.

Anonymous said...

I love Bing Crosby so that is one!!!

I love Harry Connick Jr. , Home for the Holidays!!!

I also like The Elf (movie) soundtrack!(Baby, It's Cold Outside..great song)

If you have itunes Charlie Brown, Bing Crosby, and the Elf are some of the top favorites. I love the Holidays!

Have a good one...=)

robert said...

Sounds from your comments, Euphrony, that you're rather ambivalent about Christmas music. Not quite a Grinch...but almost. :-)

I for one love it! And round about the end of November, I pull out all the CD's and old cassettes and start enjoying it all over again. Going caroling is a wonderful part of the season too.

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Anonymous said...

I somehow ended up here after posting a picture of the White Christmas album on Facebook. Anyhow, awesome choices of Christmas albums! I have the first two and am looking to purchase the third one this year. Have you tried Jewel's Christmas album? It is in my top five. Check it out, for the majority of it, I do not think you will be disappointed.

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