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,

Wrinkles and ALL

OK, so tomorrow is my birthday (Sep 2nd). In only one more year, I will be the big 40. I think now I understand why someone might say, “I’m 39 and holding.” I can’t believe it. It feels a little surreal.

I don’t know what God has planned for me this next year. However, looking back on this past year, I can’t help but be filled with gratitude. It wasn’t all roses, there were some “growing pains” along the way. If there is one thing I have learned about life, it’s those “growing pains” that keep me humble, they remind me who really loves me and in the end make me stronger. This reminds me of a song. (seriously!)


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I am grateful for every day I have spent on this earth. Each and every one of those days has led me to who I am right now. Hopefully as I get older, I will gain more wisdom, more compassion, more of what I need & want to be. I am also grateful for each teacher, friend, mentor, leader, family member and, of course parent, who has touched my life. Thank you eternally.

So it really doesn’t matter that I’m not having a big party for my birthday. It doesn’t matter that we don’t have anything special planned for my ‘big day.’ It doesn’t matter that my extended family or closest friends won’t be here to celebrate with me. (OK, maybe it matters a little bit.) The point I am trying to make is that every day is a gift. I am honored & blessed to be able to share it with my husband and children.

Sincerely,
Shan

P.S.: Song is titled “What I Need” by Michael McLean. Press play button on player above to hear the song. (e-mailers: you may have to go to my blog to hear it)