Jenn Reese Writer, Artist, Geek

2009: Holiday Albums


I didn’t buy any new holiday music this year, but here are some of my favorites (in no particular order) in case you’re looking for something different.


Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas Bells of Dublin Joy, A Holiday Collection Holiday Songs and Lullabies

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas (Ella Fitzgerald)
What’s not to love about Ella Fitzgerald? She infuses this collection of classics with such jazzy joy that even the Scrooge sitting next to me can’t help humming along and tapping his toes.

The Bells of Dublin (The Chieftains)
This has been my go-to album for years and years. There’s such a great energy in many of the songs, and a wonderful mix of traditional and obscure tunes.

Joy, A Holiday Collection (Jewel)
This is a very traditional album, but Jewel’s voice is so pure and beautiful that it really won me over.

Holiday Songs and Lullabies (Shawn Colvin)
A very mellow album perfect for the background. Put this on to sip eggnog by treelight or candlelight and you will feel a tranquility rarely experienced in the bustle of everyday life.

Looking for something a little more offbeat? Try:

Boogie Woogie Christmas Harry for the Holidays We Three Kings

Boogie Woogie Christmas (The Brian Setzer Orchestra)
Harry for the Holidays (Harry Connick, Jr.)
We Three Kings (The Roches)

Now hit me with your favorites!

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  • Barenaked Ladies, Barenaked for the Holidays! Really fun stuff. And Jill Sobule's Xmas EP It's the Thought that Counts has some good covers and originals. And, of course, Snoop Dogg (et al.)'s Christmas in the Dogg House, featuring "Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto".

  • Christmas must always include Nat King Cole and Jose Feliciano or it just isn't the same. Trans Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Eve and Other Stories is our modern tradition.

  • Tim: I have the Barenaked Ladies CD but I don't like it very much! I find that I skip songs from that album more than I listen to them. But I'll check out Jill Sobule and Snoop Dogg!

    Tom: Ooh, thanks for the recs! I don't have any of those!

  • (Actually, I misremembered, Snoop's version of Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto isn't on his Xmas album.)

  • Twisted Christmas

    White is in the Winter Night (single from Enya)

    Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

    Fresh Aire Christmas (Mannheim Steamroller)

    Nick at Nite: A Classic Cartoon Christmas

    And, of course, the Nightmare Before Christmas! :-D

  • Best Traditional xmas Album ever. Croon & Swoon Christmas Vol. 1. Old school, classic xmas tunes. Mix that and some TSO, I am a happy person. :)

  • TSO = Trans Siberian Orchestra. :) Sorry, I live in a world of abbreviations. Thanks for the tip on Mr. Heatmiser, Jade loves that one!

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Jenn Reese Writer, Artist, Geek

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