Let’s Talk Christmas Music!

Let’s talk Christmas music!

For me, celebrating Christmas is all about the music. The day after Thanksgiving is when we officially start doing Christmas: music, trees, decorations.. An explosion of color and lights happen at our house. It truly is The Happiest Season of All.

When I was a kid there were several Christmas albums my parents played every year that just became part of the traditional backdrop for Christmas. I mean, it really wasn’t Christmas if we didn’t get to hear those albums. I carried on the tradition when I left home and now my children will hopefully think that, it’s really not Christmas unless we hear this music… That’s my hope anyway.

All the albums I’m going to talk about can be found on Youtube if you are just curious about them…

So, to start off we have  “Carpenters Christmas Portrait”. I would say my favorite song is “Merry Christmas Darling”. If I have to choose a favorite. Honestly though, I just love the whole album.

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Next on the list we have “Christmas Album with Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass”. And my all time favorite from this album is “The Bell that Couldn’t Jingle”.

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Of course we have the classic “Bing Crosby White Christmas” album. I think my favorite from this album is Silver Bells.

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This next album didn’t join our family till I was a teen but it stuck. It is Take Six “He is Christmas”. Take Six is just fun. I love “Little Drummer Boy” and of course the awesome rendition of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” which becomes “Twas Da Nite”.

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We did have some more classical type music thrown in. Of course, every year we have to listen to Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”. As a kid I loved to dance around the living room, pretending I was a ballerina. Now as an adult I love watching my kids do the exact same thing.

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We also have to add A Mormon Tabernacle Choir “Christmas” with the amazing choir singing the older, less known carols like “Pat-a-pan” and “Fum Fum Fum” (which when we were kids my brother and I thought they were singing “bought it at the five and twenty, fum, fum, fum!”) (that’s not what they were singing) (it’s actually “On December 5 and 20, Fum, fum, fum) (I’m still not sure what the Fum fum fum means) (but it sounds fun) 🙂 ….

I don’t have any pics for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir because I listened to several different albums and I can’t remember which ones. They’re all good!

My children have added on new music to the family tradition. We now listen to a lot of Piano Guys Christmas songs, and a lot of Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas. Which I love!  Incidentally, my parents are taking three of my teens to the Tran Siberian Orchestra Christmas Concert this weekend. I am so excited for them. Andy and I went to one of their concerts several years ago and I was over-the-top euphoric. Classical meets rock. It is the perfect fit for me.

Well, those are my favorites. I’d love to hear about some of your favorite Christmas Albums,  maybe I can add something new to our yearly line-up!