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.


Enviro Girl said...

Wow! What a great post! I've got to agree on Bing, it's a classic and I can almost taste the egg nog when I hear "I'll Be Home For Christmas".

Another staple in our home that's also on your list is Mariah Carey's Christmas album. I think the best part about that one is how much Dean loves it!

I'd love to listen to several of the ones you posted. Ella and Nat King Cole, yay!

I have to give a shout out to Dean for his Pop Xmas mix, it's quite the compilation! Somehow, it's growing on me, despite Britney.

Ethno girl said...

Yes, I should really give an honorary mention to Dean's pop Xmas mix because I listen to that every year too despite Britney :)

tsk said...

Great post Kristi! It made me go dig out my own Christmas CD's (including Bing). A couple that I love are Bruce Cockburn's Christmas (a staple in my family's house) and Barenaked Ladies' Barenaked for the Holidays. I'll also give a shout out to Dean's Christmas mix (mostly because he included Wham! Ha).

Genevieve said...

In my house we always listened to a Disney christmas record in which Mickey and Donald Duck get into a fight whilst decorating the tree... classic :) My dad would always try to imitate all the characters.

Is there any way that I can get a copy of Dean's pop Christmas album?? It sounds amazing - anything with Britney and Wham! on the same disc is worth it in my opinion...

Star Weiss said...

I agree with Bing, Loreenza and many others, but have to add the Home for the Holidays one from Massachusetts that we always listen to as well. Let the decorating begin!

Star Weiss said...

Yikes...that's Loreena! sorry...and it's a Homegrown Christmas, I think. Serves me right for not editing on the spot!

Ethno girl said...

I definitely thought about adding "Homegrown Holidays" but I don't actually own a copy...hmm..that would be a good Christmas gift ;)

Michelle said...

This is a great Christmas album list! I have to agree about Nat King Cole and Bing, classics!

I don't have a favorite Christmas album, but I have favorite Christmas songs sung by Celine, John Lennon, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Disney, the Pretenders, etc. Some of their songs I like are "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "Oh Holy Night", and "Happy Xmas,".