Merry Christmas, friends! I can't even tell you how happy I am that Christmas is finally here. This is a beautiful season of life and light and hope and celebrating the birth of Jesus. How blessed we are to be loved so much by such a great God! I'm sure all of you are busy with festivities and celebrations, so I shan't keep you long. But as a lover of Christmas and fan of music in general and Christmas music in particular, here are my top ten favourite Christmas songs for you all to enjoy today as you're eating food, gathering with family, and basking in this wintry season. Happy holidays, friends!
noel - lauren daigle
This one is a new favourite, but oh me oh my, this woman and her ridiculously good voice.
Rend's whole Christmas album is fabulous, but this revised version of Auld Lang Syne is a gorgeous anthem celebrating the love and power of our God.
little drummer boy - josh groban
It's either hit or miss with this song; not just anyone can sing it well. But if anyone can, it's Josh Groban.
pat-a-pan - david archuleta
I remember loving this performance when it aired on television several years ago. And every time I pull it up, I can't help but love it still. So beautiful and peppy!
every bell on earth will ring - the oh hellos
If I had to pick one Christmas album to listen to for the rest of my life, it would be the Oh Hellos. And this unique, joyful tune is the highlight.
born in bethlehem - third day
I grew up listening to Third Day, so I may be a little biased, but even fifteen years after the release of their Christmas album, I am still not over this song. In fact, it's one of the few Christmas songs I will sometimes listen to throughout the year.
a mad russian's christmas - trans-siberian orchestra
What's Christmas without the Trans-Siberian Orchestra? For all you Nutcracker fans out there, this energetic rock song is for you.
a hallelujah christmas - cloverton
Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is gorgeous by itself, but a Christmas version? So much wow.
o holy night - andrea faustini
I discovered Andrea when he performed on the UK X Factor show, amazed by the range and strength of his voice. His rendition of this song gives me goosebumps.
here with us - joy williams
I listened to Joy Williams way before The Civil Wars was even a thing, because I'm cool like that. I remember my aunt singing this song nearly every year for our church's Christmas service, and I always looked forward to hearing it, a melody that was both haunting and triumphant.
the parting glass - the high kings
I'm adding this as a bonus because it's not technically a Christmas song, yet for some reason, it always reminds me of the Christmas season, with the new year quickly approaching. New years always bring changes, farewells, challenges, and moving on... So yeah, I guess this song fits.
what are some of your favourite Christmas tunes?
(Jess and I filmed a special Christmas edition of Mind the Gap! Be sure to check it out here.)
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