For today's Ten on Tuesday list, I'm going to share with you my ten favorite Christmas cds. I'm a Christmas nut and I have a ton of Christmas music. It was really hard to narrow it down to ten; but Thirty on Tuesday seemed a bit excessive.
I decided to add in the links (where possible) so that you can listen to samples if you're so inclined.
In no particular order....
1. A Christmas To Remember, Amy Grant. While I love love love all of Amy's Christmas cds, this one has Highland Cathedral on it. If this would have come out prior to my wedding, it would have been my processional; it's simple and it's gorgeous.
2. The Living Room Sessions: Christmas, Chris Rice. It's beauty is it's simplicity. My boys are learning to play some of them on the piano; I love it!
3. A Christmas Together, John Denver and the Muppets. From the touching lyrics in A Baby Just Like You to the pure fun of The Twelve Days of Christmas, this cd has it all.
4. Christmas Card, The Statler Brothers. I've been listening to this one all my life; my parents had the record. This would always be on while we were decorating the tree. This one is easily one of my top three favorites.
5. Merry Axemas: A Guitar Christmas, Various Artists. What can I say? I grew up in the 80's.
6. The Christmas Sessions, MercyMe. Oh, I love this one! Their Little Drummer Boy is my 2nd favorite version of it ever (just behind White Heart). It IS the best version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, they use part of Carol of the Bells in the background. Sounds weird, I know, but it really works. And as a parent, you can't avoid being moved by Joseph's Lullaby. It's amazing what Joseph and Mary were asked to do.
7. It's Christmas Time, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. Classic.
8. Elf: Music from the Major Motion Picture (Soundtrack). I just bought this one about a week and a half ago but I love it already. It's so very happy.
9. One Christmas Eve, Wayne Watson. While this one loses a few points for including Sweet Little Jesus Boy (I hate that song), it wins a million points for Child of Bethlehem. I sang it in a musical once with my choir buddies; I think of them every time I hear it. Also, this one has my favorite version of I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.
10. Yust Go Nuts At Christmas, Stan and Doug. Because a Scandinavian comedian with a super strong accent messing up Christmas songs is just that funny.