Favorites On Friday the Christmas Music Addition


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Okay, next up, Christmas Music!  Every year for the past 12 years one of my dearest friends Johanna and I do a Christmas album exchange.  We basically tell each other what we want and buy the albums of choice for one another...it's such a fun tradition and now that she is in Connecticut and I'm on the other side of the country here in Utah, it means even more.

So I thought I'd share some of all time favorite albums with you and hope that you will share some of yours with me!
1. Carpenters - A Christmas Collection. (I grew up listening to this one but have to say that it is by far one of the best albums out there.  So tastefully and beautifully done...LOVE IT)
2. John Denver - Rocky Mountain Christmas.  I grew up with John too...I love Johnny and this album doesn't disappoint.  Such a classic. (I once got into a concert of his for free...the last concert in Reno before he passed away...it was an amazing night).
3. Sarah McLaughlin - Wintersong.  I picked this one last year and LOVE it.  So beautiful.
4. Celine Dion - These Are the Special Times.  Rich music...so good. I love Celine, my brothers hate Celine so I guess you either love her or hate her...I can't imagine how you could not love her and I'm thankful my Jeff feels the same.
5. Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Ring Christmas Bells with Brian Stokes Mitchell.  I grew up with the Choir and Jeff and I actually were in the audience for this one with Brian Stokes Mitchell.  It was breathtaking...literally.  It couldn't be Christmas without this one.
6. Jewel - Joy, A Holiday Collection.  The song I dedicated to Jeff ("Face of Love" - my brother Micah and Camille sang this) on our wedding night is in the collection.  On a few of the songs Jewel's mom sings along.  Seriously such a gem.
7. James Taylor - At Christmas.  I just love James Taylor so of course James Taylor singing Christmas songs works for me.  It's a good one.
8. Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas.  This is one I never thought I love but I lived with a roommate who loved it and it seriously grew on me.  Now I adore it.  I haven't heard her newest Christmas album have you? What did you think?
9. Johnny Mathis - Christmas with Johnny.  I grew up with this one too.  I just love his voice and style.  Another one I couldn't live without during the holidays.
10. Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song.  Jeff and I had the chance to hear Natalie with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir last year.  She spent a lot of time talking about her dad and the songs he sang and what it meant to him and their family. Pretty cool.  Of course the album is a classic and so great.

This year Johanna chose Glee's Christmas (never seen the show but she said the music is great) and I picked David Archuleta's Christmas album (so many have said it's really good...I think I'll like it).

OK, now it's your turn! Please, tell me at least one of the albums you can't live with out during the holiday season.  
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Thelma (December 3, 2010 at 6:33 AM)  

The Voice of Christmas by Bing Crosby, A Christmas Album by Barbra Streisand, and I also love The Gift by Susan Boyle. I'll have to check out some of your favorites...

Those paper dolls are gorgeous by the way!

Maggie (December 3, 2010 at 7:28 AM)  

My favorite is definitely Harry Connick Jr.'s "Harry for the Holidays". Love his voice. I will definitely have to check out the Glee Christmas. I love that show.

Meg (December 3, 2010 at 9:09 AM)  

I can't believe the Osmond Family Christmas album isn't on your list!! It came out in 1991 and has played an integral role in my life ever since. Their rendition of Sleigh Ride is *out of control*. That's all I'm going to say. http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Album-Osmonds/dp/B00005QZJD/ref=pd_sim_m_2

Shari (December 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM)  

I don't know that I would call it a favorite, but it's just not Christmas without Elvis. LOL

Chris (December 4, 2010 at 7:57 PM)  

I love Harry Connick's "When My Heart Finds Christmas" CD. Classic.

Lori (December 4, 2010 at 8:15 PM)  

My Harry Connick, Jr. of choice is the When My Heart Finds Christmas album. Sigh. It's slow and sweet. Perfect with a fire and mulling spices, or hot chocolate overloaded with marshmallows.
I have a compilation cd Target put out a few years ago that has Seal singing Make Someone Happy, and Jason Mraz singing Winter Wonderland among some other oddballs. It's a change of pace.
I was raised on a Beach Boys Christmas. You'd think it was the terrible harmonies that make me cry, but it's really its sentimental value. Ray Coniff has his place in my childhood, too, but that's just an honorable mention.
New favorite? Snowman from the Barenaked for the Holidays album. There are some less reverent choices on it, though.

I feel like I'm missing a big one. Um,k,bye.
OOH, and Kenny G. Ok. Just kidding. I like my home to feel like home, not the store

jacs (December 4, 2010 at 8:17 PM)  

Harry Connick Jr. Michael Buble. Josh Groban. And any of the 'originals'...the classics. Love all of them.

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