And the Best Christmas Album Is…

December 12th, 2008 | Categories: Uncategorized | Discussion: 3 comments

This is just a PSA to let you know that if you haven’t been listening to Alan Jackson’s Let It Be Christmas so far this month, it’s not too late to start. Christmas is still two weeks away. I have a rack full of Christmas albums, but Alan pretty much owns the month of December in my house. Something about that warm, burnished voice wrapped around those old classics (and an original that holds its own) perfectly sums up the feeling of the season to me. Nobody does sentimental or heartfelt better than Alan Jackson.

His gospel album, Precious Memories, is also essential holiday listening. Remember, that album was originally recorded as a private Christmas gift for his mother and only later released to the public in 2006. That back-story permeates his performances in the best way possible, resulting in music of faith notable for its simplicity, sincerity, and lack of pretension.

Jackson’s first holiday collection (1993’s Honky Tonk Christmas) is a less frequent listen for me, but it makes for a nice change of pace every now and then. A Christmas album that includes versions of “If We Make It Through December,” “There’s a New Kid in Town,” and “Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)”? Sign me up.

I’m having an Alan Jackson Christmas and so should you.

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  1. Brody
    December 12th, 2008 at 14:17
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    I love Precious Memories, but haven’t ever checked out the Christmas album, though I will now, upon your recommendation.

    For another Jackson Christmas song, I’d highly recommend “Just Put a Ribbon In Your Hair” from A Very Special Acoustic Christmas.

  2. cmw
    December 12th, 2008 at 21:36
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    Thanks for the recommendation, Brody. I’ll have to check that out.

  3. Chris N.
    December 15th, 2008 at 16:43
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    I’m always championing Clay Walker’s ‘Christmas,’ from 2002. I like it better than any of his regular albums.

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