My parents had some unusual hobbies. One of my favorites was their passion for collecting Christmas music. The albums were never broken out before Thanksgiving and never played past New Year’s Day, but in between there was a non-stop Christmas concert.
And so I’d like to recommend a few holiday albums to brighten the season.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, by Vince Guaraldi. These jazzy takes on old favorites have been digitally remastered for maximum clarity. If you ever watched the special, I dare you not to be transported back to your childhood.
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, by Burl Ives. Yes, this includes Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, Silver Bells, and other performances from the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but it’s got more than that. This may be considered heresy, but I like Ives’ rendition of White Christmas better than Bing Crosby’s.
Best of all, these albums are all available through amazon.com.