Favorite Christmas Music 2014

As you probably know if you've followed this blog in the last month or so, I kind of love Christmas music, just a little.  But seriously, I love it so much that I decided to share some of my favorite albums and songs for this most glorious time of the year.  So if you still need to get into the spirit, or are looking for something nice to have on during the gift-opening, here are some picks for the Christmas music-lover who likes the traditional songs and lyrics, but appreciates the not-so-traditional melody sometimes.  Here are my favorites!
Christmas Lights – Rebecca Roubion: I adore this album.  There are four original songs and four traditional Christmas songs, and usually that would annoy me, (I love my traditional Xmas songs) but  I really love all the original songs on here.  Stay the Holiday and Yahweh are my favorites of those.  And I love her rendition of Joy to the World – it's beautiful!  She doesn't mess with the lyrics, but the melody is different and fresh.  Silent Night has never been my favorite Christmas song, but I have to say, I fell in love with it here.  She just does it so well.  This is definitely my favorite Christmas album this year.  It is on-point.

When Christmas Comes – Kim Walker-Smith: This album is just one of those that everyone needs to own.  It's got all the basics, with a mix of secular and Christian and all the traditional words and melodies.  It's just a good one.  Kim's voice is the right one for Christmas songs – deep and a little husky, with the vibrato to sing O Holy Night and send shivers down your spine.

Pentatonix:  Now I'm not just talking about this album, – I actually don't own it – I'm talking about a variety of the Christmas songs Pentatonix has done.  Some of them on this album are a little too jazzy /different for me, but their version of Mary, Did You Know? is perfect.  I also love Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.  My favorite Christmas songs by them, though, are on their first Christmas album: Carol of the Bells and Little Drummer Boy.  Those are perfection and I highly recommend.

Campfire Christmas, Vol. 1 – Rend Collective: So far this season, I have been more drawn towards quiet, serious Christmas music, so I haven't bought this album yet, but if you are into folksy, foot-tapping music right now, then this one is right up your alley.  Four of the eleven songs are original, and the others are tastefully tweaked lyrically in some way.  I have probably previewed all of them at least half a dozen times, and I cannot express how happy Ding Dong Merrily on High makes me.  I also like their original song: Merry Christmas Everyone and For All That You Have Done.  I don't know why I haven't bought this album already – writing this makes me want to.

Those are my favorite albums/artists for Christmas music this year, but I also have some favorite songs that have come up on Spotify, or I've just discovered.

The Twelve Days of Christmas is a nostalgic Christmas song for me, and I found two hilarious versions this year (here, here) and they make me laugh out loud.  I love this rendition of Baby, It's Cold Outside, from She & Him.

I hope that little guide was helpful if you still need to find some festive music for this season or just want to listen to some new songs.  Thanks for reading!  xo, Ella

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