Or if you already are, I love you and I hope we’re best friends.
If not, seriously, can we be best friends?
Hey friends, day 3 snuck up on us, huh? I’m currently sitting in the Charlotte airport (FREE WIFI – HOLLA!) between flights (more on that later) and am excited to get home to my sweetie. And my husband. See what I did there?
Around my house we have a strict no Christmas celebrating rule until the day after Thanksgiving. I would totally give in mid-October, but Jacob is a stickler and, honestly, it makes the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas that much more special.
The first thing we do to welcome the season is blare the Christmas tunes. On the way home from Thanksgiving in Little Rock, I get so excited to finally hit play on the oh-so-carefully curated Christmas playlist on my ipod. I have many, many Christmas albums on this list, and while I love the crooners just as much as the next guy, some of my favorites aren’t very well known. What are they you ask? Well, okay here you go.
The 5 Best Christmas Albums You’re Not Listening To
*Click on the album cover to download the album from Amazon.
1. A Twisted Christmas by Twisted Sister
This is an album I bought for Jacob as I joke that has become one of our favorites over the years. We frequently belt out the Twister Sister and Lita Ford version of “I’ll be home for Christmas” when we’re decorating for the holidays. Who would have thought the words to "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" would go so well with the music from "We’re Not Gonna Take It"?
2. A Christmas Together by John Denver and The Muppets
What is more American than John Denver and The Muppets? If the TV special turned album version of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ doesn’t bring a tear to your eyes, then you just be might the Grinch himself.
3. We Wish You A Metal XMas…And A Headbanging New Year! by Various Artists
Yes, this is the second metal Christmas album on a list of 5. Have you met my husband? This one makes the list because there might not be anything better than hearing Jacob Leonard sing Ronnie James Dio’s version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” in the world
4. A Country Christmas With Loretta Lynn and Friends
Okay, this one may not be fair because I’m not sure that it’s available on anything other than vinyl, but it’s so awesome that you should buy a record player just so you can buy and listen to this record.
If you’ve never driven around the hills of the Ozark mountains singing Loretta Lynn’s ‘Country Christmas’* at the top of your lungs, you sir have not lived. *Coincidentally, Jacob and I dubbed this the theme song to our holiday weekend in Branson.
5. Songs for Christmas by Sufjan Stevens
One of the few recent Christmas albums that I love, (Mariah and *NSYNC excluded, duh) Sufjan Stevens manages to put a fresh spin on my favorite Christmas songs without damaging their original melodies which is rare and welcome these days.
What is your favorite Christmas album?
Anything obscure I might not have heard that I’m missing out on?