On the First Day of Christmas {Music}

I’ve been waiting for this day since the first of November.  I adore Christmas music, it just makes me happy – in fact sometimes throughout the year I’ll put on a Christmas tune or two just get myself out of a funk.  This year I tested my resolve by not playing Christmas Music until after Thanksgiving and oh boy has it been a challenge, particularly because I found a lot of great new music thanks to Spotify.

Last year I tried to limit my Christmas music before Christmas and it just wasn’t right.  In fact my husband, jaded as he is from years in retail, mentioned that there was something off in the house without the music playing during most of December.  So this year I’m giving myself free range to listen to what I want, but making an attempt to balance out Christmas and Advent music.

Since today I’ll be filling my ears with these joyous sounds I wanted to share some of my new and old favorites with you!

  1. Advent at Ephesus – Not Christmas Carols, but Advent hymns that capture the joy and expectation of the Advent Season.
  2. J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio – The King’s Singers – Bach’s Christmas Oratorio set to a Big Band beat.  Lots of fun and in German!
  3. O Night Devine – L’Angelus – A little bluegrass-y takes on classics.
  4. Silver and Gold – Sufjan Stevens – Fresh takes on classic holiday tunes.
  5. The Sounding Joy – Elizabeth Mitchell – Some old and some lesser known holiday music, simply arranged and sung.
  6. On a Cold Winter’s Day – Quadriga Consort – “Early Christmas Music & Carols from the British Isles”, lots of great new songs to discover.
  7. The Nutcracker Suite – A timeless classic for my family.
  8. Barenaked for the Holidays – Barenaked Ladies – You always need at least one Christmas CD just to dance around the house to.
  9. A Very Rosie Christmas – Rosie Thomas – Okay, maybe two.
  10. Enya – And Winter Came – Not a lot of religious themed music, but classic Enya, perfect to throw in the mix for a reflective evening at home.
  11. Handels’ The Messiah – This list wouldn’t be complete with out it.
  12. Marian Grace – In the Bleak Midwinter – I might have jumped for joy when the announcement for this CD was released a few weeks ago.  Just wonderful, it’s been hard waiting so long to play it on repeat!

 What are your favorite holiday tunes?

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    1. It such a fun CD to bounce around to! The Elf's Lament is one of my favorite just for being silly… but yeah I might have to “rename” their files BN Ladies for the future 😉

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