You may not already know this, but I love Vera Bradley.
And if you check out my Twitter feed over there on the right, you'll see that I love Twitter. And Vera Bradley on Twitter.
So when Vera Bradley asked their followers what their favorite Christmas albums are, and answering gave me the chance to win a Holiday Tote, I was all in!
My all-time favorite Christmas album is Christmas Portrait by the Carpenters. (Sadly, I did not win the tote.)
The Carpenters' version of The Christmas Song (Chesnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) is, hands down, the very best ever recorded. No one sings it like she does! I pretty much know every word to every song on this album. I.Love.It.
But given my love for Christmas and Christmas music (did I mention that I started listening to Christmas music in October this year? Stop judging, you wish you had, too.) I simply couldn't give credit to only one Christmas album. There are so many to love!
So, just for you, a list of my favorite Christmas albums, in no particular order.
You've seen this one before. "Tender Tennessee Christmas" is on this album. And it's awesome.
I love, love, LOVE Amy Grant, and this album is no exception. "Breath of Heaven" still gives me chills every time I hear her sing it. It's a song that many have recorded, but I consider Amy Grant's version to be the "real" version.
(If anyone out there wants to get me Amy Grant's latest Christmas album, A Christmas to Remember, I'd be much obliged!)
It's just not Christmas until I break out this 2-disc set. Bing Crosby + White Christmas = Christmas cheer ANY time of year! Plus it's got classics like Dolly Parton's "Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride," Elvis' "Blue Christmas" and an awesome musical version of " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" that I LOVE. (The only draw back to this collection is track #3 on the first disc--the most durgish [a new word! I just made it up!] version of "Little Drummer Boy" EVER recorded. I loathed that song for most of my life, until I started to hear other versions of it that didn't sound like they belonged at a funeral.) This collection also includes "Feliz Navidad," the one Christmas song my sister truly hates. I think it's fun, so I am sure to turn it up as loud as I can when it plays and I'm with her. Love my sister! (Can you tell how much I love this one based on the novel I've written you here? Sheesh! And I didn't even mention Perry Como, or Judy Garland, or...)
I discovered that this is a great album to study to while I was in college. It's almost entirely instrumental, and it's just a fun album. The songs simply make me smile and wish I could play piano!
And one that we'll call my "new" favorite, as this was a birthday gift to me this year from my awesome brother-in-law. 33Miles is a Christian Band, and they have a really fun, upbeat sound. Some of my friends have likened them to Rascal Flatts, even! They put cool twists on traditional songs, and their original stuff on here is great, too. It's definitely one to add to my permanent rotation!
So, what did I miss? What album do you simply insist on listening to before you really consider it Christmas?