I'm not ashamed to admit that my favorite Christmas album of all time is Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas. So I was thrilled when she released a sequel this year! It's not bad, but for me it doesn't measure up to the original.
I attempted to make an Ultimate Holiday Mix last Friday for my weekend trip to Nashville with my parents. Thanks to iTunes' apparent inability to burn a CD that doesn't skip, we only got to hear about five songs. But here are some of my favorite Christmas selections:
Merry Christmas Baby - Hanson
He Is Born, The Holy Child - from A VeggieTales Christmas
Jesus, What A Wonderful Child - Mariah Carey
Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano*
Breath of Heaven - Amy Grant
Mary, Did You Know - Clay Aiken
Winter Song - Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings - Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan
For Unto Us A Child Is Born - from Handel's Messiah
Carol of the Bells - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Christmastime Is Here - Vince Guaraldi and the Peanuts gang :)
How Many Kings - Downhere
The 12 Days of Christmas - Straight No Chaser
Someday At Christmas - Jack Johnson
Jesus, Born On This Day - Mariah Carey**
The Christmas Song - Hootie & The Blowfish
I must also give a shoutout to Adam Sandler's original Hanukkah Song (I have all three versions). I'm a quarter Jewish, which is, according to the song, "not too shabby."
What are some of your favorites? These are mostly contemporary songs. I'll talk about hymns and carols another time. :)
* = This is a family favorite because of the time my uncle almost beat up Jose Feliciano at a Delta Airlines ticket counter in the '60s. I am not making this up.
** = I realize that Jesus was not actually born on December 25. So what? :)