My brother posted on Facebook several days ago, saying that he is a Christmas music purist and rejects the idea that decidely non-Christmas songs such as My Favorite Things and the Charlie Brown song are holiday favorites. Fair enough.

Until this year, I’ve also been a Christmas music purist of sorts, forbidding any holiday tunes from playing in my house or my office or my car until AFTER Thanksgiving. Let’s take it one holiday at a time, am I right?

Well, I thought I was right . . . until the year I had a five-year-old Christmas enthusiast on my hands. We have been listening to Christmas music non-stop since the week before Thanksgiving.


Thankfully, I’ve got quite a collection of various holiday albums – enough, as a matter of fact, that we could listen to a new CD for the next 12 days until Christmas. Wanna know what they are? (Of course you do!)

12 Days of Christmas Music

  1. Straight No Chaser: Holiday Spirits
  2. Hillsong: We Have a Savior
  3. Jim Brickman: The Gift
  4. The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Boogie Woogie Christmas
  5. Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Christmas Eve & Other Stories
  6. Glee: The Christmas Album
  7. Bing Crosby: The Very Best of Bing Crosby Christmas
  8. Tonic Sol-Fa: Sugarue
  9. Josh Wilson: Noel
  10. Jeremy Camp: Christmas: God With Us
  11. Barenaked Ladies: Barenaked for the Holidays
  12. Various Artists: Carver Christmas Compilation

Yes, I’ve made my own Christmas mix tape {CD}. It has all my favorites (as of 2007, when I made it), from the classics (Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby) and kid songs (the Chipmunks, the Grinch) to songs that move me (O Holy Night, Mary Did You Know?) and ridiculous songs that just make me laugh (Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, Santa Claus is Watching You by Ray Stevens).

And, oh yeah, my homemade Christmas compilation also includes the Charlie Brown song and My Favorite Things. Needless to say, I haven’t given a copy to my brother.

What are your Christmas song rules? Will you listen at any time? Are only certain songs allowed? Or does anything go?

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