Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My Favourite Christmas Albums

Since Christmas is just around the corner and I'm about to pull out my good old Christmas music (and hopefully add a few new ones to the collection) I thought I'd write a post about my favourite Christmas albums. I've come up with a list of eight of the musts for me each year, but I am hoping that people (like you!) will comment with their favourite Christmas albums so I can add some new classics my collection. Enjoy!

1. Bing Crosby Merry Christmas (1945) - An absolute classic in my house growing up. Christmas doesn't feel like Christmas without a little Bing, and a little Meli kalikimaka.

2. Nat King Cole The Christmas Song (1961) - There is nothing like Nat's tender voice singing the classic, the Christmas Song with one of the most famous opening lines, "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." I can smell them now :)

3. Vince Guaraldi Trio A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) - Nothing says Christmas like this album, and images of crazy Charlie Brown and co. dancing like maniacs to rockin' jazz.

4. Ella Fitzgerald Ella Wishes you a Swinging Christmas (1960) - Who doesn't love Ella? And who doesn't love Ella singing swinging Christmas songs? 'Nuff said.

5. Mariah Carey Merry Christmas (1994) - Yes, you may laugh at first, but once you've belted All I Want for Christmas is You five times in a row in your living room, then you'll understand.

6. Loreena McKennitt To Drive the Cold Winter Away (1987) - This beautiful album is one of my favourite Loreena releases and makes you feel like you're wandering through a snowy forest with a velvet robe on.

7. Harry Connick Jr. When My Heart Finds Christmas (1993) - Harry's original Christmas album is full of cheesy jazzy Christmasy goodness. Just sit back and let Harry take you on a Sleigh Ride.

8. musica intima nativité (2002) & o nata lux (2008) - A double bill of choral goodness direct from Vancouver. Okay, so I'm a little biased towards this wonderful a cappella ensemble, but these albums are completely stunning. nativité has some of the classic Christmas greats, and o nata lux could almost be played any time of year. You will love them both.