My Top Eleven Favorite Christmas Albums

There is nothing like a good Christmas Album to bring about cheer during the holidays!  Honestly, the music is what I LOVE best, besides being with family.

Here are my top ten eleven favorite Christmas albums in no particular order:

1. John Denver & The Muppets: A Christmas Together
It’s not Christmas without listening to this album.  I have fond childhood memories of Christmases past while listening.  What I like best about this album are it’s original Christmas songs.  This means I never grow tired of hearing songs like The Peace Carol, The Christmas Wish and my most favorite Medley: Alfie, The Christmas Tree/Carol For A Christmas Tree/ It’s In Everyone Of Us.  This is a sure winner for any family.

2. Mindy Gledhill: Winter Moon (Songs For Christmas)
My newest favorite Christmas album.  If you are a regular reader, it won’t surprise you I have Mindy Gledhill in this list.  I absolutely adore Mindy’s style of singing.  She has brilliantly remastered some of your favorite Christmas songs with the soothing sounds of her ukulele and guitar.  My favorite song on the album is Little Soldier.  I wish she would do a music video for it.  Winter Moon, the title track, is a fun original song.  The video for the song is on my sidebar.  On the album you can hear the version without the puppets.  I look forward to listening to this album for many Christmases to come.  This is THE gift I am giving for Christmas to many people this year.

3. The Carpenters: Christmas Portrait
I have mentioned before of my love of Karen Carpenter’s voice.  This is a wonderful album filled with many of your favorites including songs from The Nutcracker.  My favorite songs on this album are Merry Christmas Darling and Little Altar Boy.

4. Enya: And Winter Came
I was listening to this album yesterday and my 16 year old daughter asks, “who is Enya?”  The question kind of surprised me.  Enya is like a staple in my music collection.  Guess I haven’t played her while she’s been around.  Enya’s music is so relaxing.  This album has some wonderful original Christmas songs.

5. Restoration Hardware: Quithmuth (Kid’s Christmas)
Boy am I glad I bought this album!  We picked this beauty up back in 2001 at Restoration Hardware for maybe $10.  It is my kid’s favorite Christmas album.  I was surprised to find it being sold on Amazon, but for a whopping $49!  It has some oldies but goodies including I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas, I Tan’t Wait Till Qithmuth Day & Monster’s Holiday.

6. Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Soothing and relaxing piano everyone in the family enjoys.

7. Avalon: Joy (A Christmas Collection)
This contemporary Christian group is a favorite of mine.  6 out of 10 songs are original Christmas songs.  Many of their upbeat songs will brighten up any Christmas Party.  My absolute favorite songs are Joy, Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day, Light A Candle, and We Are The Reason.  Really I like them all!  We Are The Reason will make you cry. {a good kind, though 😉 }

8. Hilary Weeks: Christmas Once Again
It was fun to discover Hilary’s most recent Christmas album in my Christmas music collection this month {I forgot I bought it last year.}  I listened to it many times last year so it shouldn’t have surprised me so much.  Hilary’s smooth and gorgeous voice makes your most beloved Christmas songs better.  However, I love her original Christmas Once Again and Ring The Bells.  She is such a talented writer and singer.

9. Amy Grant: The Christmas Collection
I do not have this exact album, but I have every other Christmas album Amy has done.  I love every single song!  I am reminded of my Husband & my first Christmas together {1993}.  We listened to Amy’s version of Breath Of Heaven (Mary’s Song) as we traveled to meet his parents for the first time.  My Grandpa always said Amy Grant had a nasally voice.  Whether she does or not, I have always felt The Spirit so strong as I listen to her music.

10. Michael W. Smith: The Ultimate Christmas Collection
Just like Amy Grant, I do not have this Ultimate Christmas Collection. {I have his first Christmas album from 1989}  However, whenever I have listened to his other Christmas albums on Rhapsody my ears are carried away into bliss.  If you are a fan of Michael W. Smith, then you will adore it.  I appreciate his original Christmas masterpieces as well.  He is a genius on the piano.  My most favorite of his Christmas songs has to be Welcome To Our World.

11. Michael McLean: The Forgotten Carols
You may not have heard of this album, but it is one of my very favorites.  It tells the story of a nurse whose empty life is changed by her patient, John, who expands her understanding of Christmas. “The Forgotten Carols” are original songs from the perspective of characters such as the innkeeper who turned the young couple away or the shepherd who slept through the angel’s announcement. Their personal accounts, until now, have been overlooked or ignored. Together, John and Constance discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas.  Songs lyrics like, “we are not homeless like the Christ child was” and “I was not his Father, he was mine” say it all.  “Three kings found the Lord and so can we.”

Now it’s your turn.

Tell me, what are some of your favorite Christmas albums?

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Merry Christmas,

Electronic Music

I heard a beautiful song by Owl City on XM Radio’s The Message this morning. It’s a cover song. I will post a link to it on my blog Faith Brings Joy. I decided to look up his (Adam Young) website and found his blog. His last post is a fun song he just whipped up. It’s influence is from all the old video games from the 80’s like Pac-Man. If there is one thing I definitely learned at the Blissdom Blog Conference is that you can not put copyrighted music, pictures, anything copyrighted on your blog. So you will just have to go to his blog to hear it. Sorry! www.owlcityblog.com

I think it is amazingly cool that we can read artist’s blogs and find out who they are as a person.

Happy Monday,
Shan

I DARE you NOT to dance!

There is a song I was “reunited” with lately. I have decided it is my happy song. What I mean by that is every time I listen to it it makes me happy. I can’t help but start to dance and get lost into the beat. Even my kids dance to it when I put it on. Yeah, yeah, I know it is disco…who says disco is dead?! Anyway, I am sharing it with you. Think about it, what is your happy song? Is there a song that when you hear it, no matter what mood you are in, it makes you happy. It is like all your troubles are gone while the song is playing. I am sure you do. Think about it and when you realize what that song is, let me know. I would love to put together a compilation of happy songs to listen to. You know on those days when we are feeling a little blue. Whether it be the sunless days or particular trials we are going through. This song might change over time but find the one that is yours for now. I can’t wait to hear your songs. Just send me the name of the artist and title of the song. There is no deadline and this is not school, it is completely optional, not mandatory. You will not receive bad luck or anything if you don’t send it to me. (Don’t you hate those chain letters!) I will add songs to this playlist as they are sent to me.

Anyway mine is by Patrice Rushen, Forget Me NotsI dare you not to dance! 🙂 Push play on the player and go ahead & dance, no one is watching, get up and move around, it really will make you feel good!

Music makes me happy,
Shan

Our Favorite Christmas Music

Today I added some of our very favorite Christmas songs to the blog. My kid’s favorite is The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late). A few years back I bought an awesome Christmas CD at Restoration Hardware titled “Quithmuth (Kid’s Christmas).” This CD reminds me of my favorite Christmas record my parent’s had when I was little. It has all the old songs I loved listening to as a child like “I Tan’t Wait Till Quithmuth Day,” “All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth” and “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas (Hippo The Hero). My kids thought the chipmunk song was hilarious when I first played it for them. This was before they came out with the chipmunk movie.

The rest of the songs are my favorites new and old. Old would be John Denver and the Muppets. I can’t go through the Christmas without listening to this CD. I wished they had “Alfie: The Christmas Tree” in the playlist database. It is my favorite on the album, next would be “Noel: Christmas Eve, 1913” which is included on the playlist. In addition to John Denver would be Amy Grant on the ‘old’ list. I absolutely love every Christmas album Amy Grant has made. My favorite song of hers also was not in the playlist database, “Breath of Heaven” (the original studio version, not the live version). My Grandpa always used to say he didn’t like Amy Grant’s voice. He said it was too “nasal.” I still made him listen to her cassette tape as we played games. 🙂 The Charlie Brown Christmas reminds me of all the Christmas TV specials I would watch growing up as a kid. Last but not least, The Carpenters. I just love Karen Carpenter’s smooth, velvety voice. It is so sad that both her and John Denver have passed on. Their music has definitely been missed.

My new favorite Christmas songs are from Celine Dion and Josh Groban. When you hear them, you will know why.

I ended my playlist with Band Aid’s ‘totally cool’ 80’s hit “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” It still reminds me of how blessed I feel to live in our country.

Happy Listening,
Shan