It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love Christmas, not only for the birth of Jesus Christ, but for the overall holiday cheer. Yes I know, shopping becomes a nut house, Black Friday is truly the WORST, and we often see Christmas items WAY to early. However, I am a firm believer that November 1st is NOT too early to bring a little bit of holiday spirit into our lives. I am not saying put up the Christmas tree, or start saying “happy holidays”. BUT, a nice mind-numbing Hallmark movie and a couple of Christmas songs sprinkled into your daily compute playlist are definitely not out of the question! Here are my top picks for Christmas Music to start enjoying just a little bit early:
The college acapella sensation Straight No Chaser puts an new twist on the classic Carol of the Bells that will make you want to sway with their melodious tones. I may be a little bias; Straight No Chaser IS one of my favorite acapella groups AND Carol of the Bells IS my favorite Christmas carol, but I definitely think it is worth a listen.
Leslie Odom Jr. is most famous for playing Aaron Burr from the Hit Broadway show Hamilton, however I believe his greatest achievement is his 2016 Christmas album. The entire album, Simply Christmas, is well worth listening to, but my all time favorite song has to be I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Not only is Odom’s voice absolutely fabulous, but the instrumental jazz breaks will leave you grinning from ear to ear.
ANOTHER amazing acapella group composed of just five individuals gives a haunting rendition of Mary, Did you Know. Pentatonix Christmas music is so pleasing, but this specific piece allows for their percussionist to show off his vocal chops by singing a wonderful solo that will leave make you listen to the song on repeat.
Michael Bublé is a world renowned musician who brings us a modern Rat Pack vibe to his music. The smooth Sinatra feel he brings to his rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas will give you an old time feel in a modern era.
Do you like bagpipes? Do you like orchestral pieces? And most importantly do you love a melodic soprano voice? Take a listen to O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Celtic Woman. The Celtic Isle based band often makes tours in within the United States this time of the year. Listening to a recording is wonderful, but does not do Celtic Woman justice. I highly suggest listening to this piece to get a feel for their music (and buying a ticket to their next concert).
Not one of your average Christmas classics, Straight No Chaser hits a home run for me with Indiana Christmas. While I am not from Indiana, I truly love this piece. I cannot help but listen to Indiana Christmas on repeat in the car on my way to the store, library, work, etc. It has become a Christmas staple for me, and maybe it will for you!
I hope you enjoy this selection of Christmas songs to start listening to! Christmas is a wonderful time of year, why not start getting into the spirit just a little bit early?
Peace, love, and my prayers for you,
The Soaring Magpie
“Blast this Christmas Music! It’s joyful and triumphant!How the Grinch Stole Christmas