NOW we can talk about Christmas music! I do not like to get it out until the day after Thanksgiving--but then I've got it playing nearly 24/7 through the new year.
Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ. I cannot praise it highly enough. It is a continuous journey through the Old Testament, seeing the shadows and pointers to the Messiah, culminating in Jesus' birth. Moves me to tears every single time--I cannot sing along to "Labor of Love" without weeping. Please, please, if you have not heard this music, do yourself a favor and buy it this year! Today it is actually on sale for only $8.99 (a two-CD set). Also, check to see whether the live performance might be happening in your area--Andrew Peterson and friends go on tour every December and perform the entire album. Perfect December date.
Savior: Celebrating the Mystery of God Become Man from Sovereign Grace Music (full review here). The CD is only $8; digital downloads are about the same price. All-new songs that magnify the incredible truth and beauty of the Incarnation.
Prepare Him Room. I haven't listened to it yet, but if it's half as good as Savior, it will be worth every penny of the $7 sale price (good through Monday)!
Other albums I look forward to every December include:
David Phelps - Joy, Joy
Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas
Straight No Chaser - Holiday Spirits
Selah - Rose of Bethlehem
Sojourn - Advent Songs
And a few favorite songs not on the above albums:
"One King" - David Phelps, O Holy Night
"How Many Kings" - Downhere, How Many Kings
"A Strange Way to Save the World" - 4Him, WOW Christmas (Red)
"This Baby" - Steven Curtis Chapman, Christmas is All in the Heart
"Welcome to Our World" - Michael W. Smith, WOW Christmas (Yellow)
"The Night Before Christmas" - Brandon Heath, The Night Before Christmas
Also keep your eye on Amazon: Not only do they typically offer one free Christmas song download every day of December--but there are TONS of albums you can listen to for free if you have Amazon Prime! (We were several months into our membership before I realized this!)
Finally, one more bonus: I recently downloaded a FREE album of new Christmas music from Stephen Miller called Light Has Broken Through. And you can also name your price on Songs for the Incarnation from Cardiphonia. Looking forward to checking those out.
What are your favorite Christmas albums?