I began the advent season with the plan to not listen to Christmas music until it was actually Christmas, until I realized that music is a means of preparing my heart for Christmas. So I broke out the music and while I sing along I reflect on the imminent arrival of Christ and it serves to increase my anticipation. I’m not avoiding places that play Christmas music and I’m no longer mad at the mall for starting to play Christmas music early – at what other time of the year does the whole commercial world willingly play music about the arrival of Christ?! Christmas is the one time of the year when everyone praises Him together (whether they know it or not). Sure there are commercialized songs and ones that don’t mention Christ but most songs at least carry His message of peace, love and hope in some form or another. And others, out rightly proclaim his arrival and that’s so wonderful! Kudos to you Target for letting me praise God while I shop!
So my five favourites this week are my current favourite Christmas albums. Go visit and visit Moxie Wife and see what everyone else is excited about today!
1. At Haley’s suggestion, I discovered Marian Grace and specifically their Advent/Christmas/Epiphany album: In the Bleak Midwinter and I love it. The message is incredible and the voices absolutely beautiful: I love them! I can’t even pinpoint a favourite song but I’m loving their “Wonder (Advent)” and “Creator of the Stars at Night”.
2. The super amusing title is just an indication of the fun Relient K’s: Let It Snow Baby, Let It Reindeer has. It’s a great upbeat and perfect singalong album and my favourite: “Silent Night/Away in a Manger” mix makes me tear up every time.
3. You can’t have Christmas music without Bing Crosby. And my favourites by him are those that include the Andrews Sister so this album: A Very Merry Christmas has been my favourite for years. “Christmas in Killarney” has been my favourite since I was a kid, so much so that when we didn’t make it to Killarney on our Irish Honeymoon I was very heartbroken.
4. I only discovered The Canadian Tenors and The Perfect Gift last year but it was the first album I listened to when I started my Christmas music fest last week. I like it because it’s not to Christmassy and includes a great variety of songs. I love “Wintersong” featuring Sarah McLachlan.
5. And of course, Michael Buble’s Christmas is as awesome as only Michael Buble can be. His voice is to die for. I love “Cold December Night”, though the rest of the album isn’t far behind!