(Written by Martha S.)
In our most recent episode, I told you all that my family is pretty dedicated to about half a dozen Christmas albums that we have been listening to on repeat for the last 30 years. I gave you one name – A Very Special Christmas, circa 1987 – and now I’m going to tell you the others, because they’re great albums and we’ve finally arrived at the ~socially acceptable~ time of year to be listening to Christmas music.
I’m gonna list these in alphabetical order, because I’m too close emotionally to try and rank them by favorite. I’m ALSO going to include links to my favorite tracks where applicable, for no other reason but that I feel like it.
The Bells of Dublin, The Chieftains (1991)
“A Breton Carol,” ft. Nolwen Monjarret
A Celtic Christmas, Windham Hill (1995)
“Soillse Na Nollag (The Lights Of Christmas),” ft. Altan
Christmas Extraordinaire, Mannheim Steamroller (2001)
“Do You Hear What I Hear”
A Christmas to Remember, Amy Grant (2007)
The title song, duh
Traditional Christmas Classics, various (1989)
“Sleigh Ride,” by Leroy Anderson
A Very Special Christmas, various (1987)
“Do You Hear What I Hear,” Whitney Houston
“Gabriel’s Message,” Sting
A Winter’s Solistice, various (1992) (I think)
“A Wexford Carol”
An honorable mention must also be given to A Very Veggie Christmas from Veggie Tales (1996), which I was inexplicably obsessed with for several years (their versions of “Angels We Have Heard On High” and “He Is Born The Holy Child” were my favorite for a very long time).