G’Morning, friends. This past week (or two…?) has been all about Christmas around here, I know, but… I just can’t help myself! It’s not the most wonderful time of year for nothing. I’ve been thinking about doing a “favorites” list somehow related to Christmas and was going to do a movie list only to remember I did that last year, and it seems “too soon” to do another. Books were out since I can probably count on one hand the number of “proper” Christmas-themed books I’ve read, so what does that leave? Music of course!
(PS: Thanks for all the blog comments yesterday, friends! Been busy but will be by with replies as soon as possible. With any luck, later today!)
Here is a sampling of past favorites, new favorites and some I’ve been putting on repeat – some are singles and some are albums.
CHRISTMAS MUSIC 2013
BarlowGirl, Carol of the Bells: This sister-trio may have disbanded earlier this year however their recording of this classic, old-time carol is just beautiful! It’s made even more so because they sing it acapella, a style that shows what true talent is.
- Luke Bryan, Run, Run Rudolph
- Casting Crowns, Peace on Earth
Kelly Clarkson, Wrapped in Red: Love Kelly’s music on her “normal” albums so it was a must to check out her first Christmas album – it’s a nice mix of tradition and contemporary plus anyone who puts ‘My Favorite Things’ on their album gets props!
Katherine Jenkins, This is Christmas: I’ve never been much of a “classic” music fan in general unless it’s Broadway music. When I “met” Katherine on Dancing with the Stars, I thought she seemed like one of the sweetest contestants they’d ever had so needless to say, I immediately looked into her music and purchased her latest Christmas album. It’s lovely.
Lady Antebellum, On this Winter’s Night: Always love anything this trio does and their Christmas album is no different. They’ve got an original (its titular song) plus a great sampling of old favorites.
Little Big Town, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: This group is SO much fun, they have a crazy good album out now (Tornado) and when I heard them sing an acapella version of Children, Go Where I Send Thee on a TV special, I was blown away – it proved this group is mega talented. This single isn’t quite as impressive but still, it’s mellow and pleasant to listen too.
- Katherine McPhee, Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You
Kellie Pickler, The Man with the Bag: As usual, Kellie puts her “unique” spin on an old favorite (much as she did for Santa Baby, which is another favorite) and she makes it fun!
Megan & Liz , Oh Holy Night: This is one of my very favorite classic Christmas songs. The Youtube, sister-duo of Megan and Liz just released their version of it this year and I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s “different” than more of the dozens of other recordings I’ve heard but that is what makes it special.
- Point of Grace, Tennessee Christmas
- Blake Shelton, Cheers, It’s Christmas
- Rebecca St. James, Christmas
How about you? What are your favorite Christmas music 2013 choices, or albums… do share below!