Holly jolly jams

Katie Bardwell, Staff Writer

Ah, Christmas music. It warms the soul as well as your peppermint hot chocolate does.  Listening to Christmas music is the best way to get in the spirit of the season– in some cases it can be more effective than opening your presents.

Christmas music combines everything great about the holiday into a four-minute song. Just imagine trying to decorate the house without playing some Christmas music. It’s simply wrong to construct the architectural masterpiece that is your gingerbread house without listening to Michael Buble.

There is no such thing as too much Christmas. The second Thanksgiving is over, I begin playing my Christmas music, and I put on one of my many ugly Christmas sweaters. Music should be no exception. Everyone should keep playing their “Jingle Bells” and “I’ll be Home for Christmas.” Saying there’s too much Christmas music is like saying there’s too much happiness in the world.

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Below, I’ll be giving my take on five of the best and most iconic albums in existence. These albums will truly make everyone’s heart fill with the joy and love that Christmas brings.


“A Charlie Brown Christmas” by The Vince Guaraldi Trio: This is one of the most classic Christmas albums of all time. I have loved it since I was young when my parents played it for me while they explained how their parents played it for them. This is an album that has stood the tests of time and will forever be a great Christmas album.


“Merry Christmas” by Mariah Carey: Let us remember that this album is not just “All I Want For Christmas.” This album defines Mariah Carey, and, in my opinion, is the height of her career. “Oh Holy Night” is absolutely stunning. While it is a popular and typical album to love, it is worth the hype.


“Christmas” by Michael Buble: Okay, do I even have to explain this one? Have you ever heard such a lovely voice in all your life? When I think of Christmas, I think of beautiful times and dazzling lights, which Buble has done such a great job portraying on this album. Every time I listen to this album I swear I felt like the fresh snow Texans never see. It is the best Christmas album out there. It includes “Ave Maria,” which is my favorite holiday song. He also has a Spanish song and includes many different types of Christmas music, including some in the style of 50s radio music. This great mix of sounds ensures you’ll never get bored listening to it. “Christmas” truly is an album for everyone.


“A Jolly Christmasby Frank Sinatra:  Frank is my favorite singer of all time. I find this album so enthralling because he takes all of the classic Christmas tunes and puts his own big band swing on them. There are so many beautiful songs on this album. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” is guaranteed to make you swoon. His voice is so unbelievably amazing when accompanying Christmas music. He also has some not as well known Christmas songs on this album, which is so refreshing when all the stores you are walking into only seem to know “Jingle Bells.”


“That’s Christmas To Me” by Pentatonix: I prefer this album over “A Pentatonix Christmas.” “That’s Christmas to Me” and “Mary Did You Know” are iconic. I swear I cry everytime I hear the beginning of  “That’s Christmas to Me.” A capella is the future of music.


In conclusion, Christmas music is the heart of holiday cheer. Anyone who believes differently is probably crazy. So this holiday season, make sure to crank up your Michael Buble and Mariah Carey and get in that merry Christmas spirit.