Mika Jolie

Holiday Music

It’s beginning to sound a lot like..

It always seems to me that the holidays begin earlier and earlier each year. The Halloween costumes are barely hung back in the closet before the candy canes, pine wreaths and strings of lights hit the shelves in every superstore, hardware store and supermarket. And this year I felt like many of my friends had their trees up and decorated before the last of the frost had thawed from their Thanksgiving turkeys. Our lights have finally made it on and the ornaments are slowly being added to the branches, but I already feel behind the eight ball. And all the while the to-do list grows ever longer… But I will say, that the one thing I can count on to help myself rediscover my missing holiday spirit is music. I do avoid turning on those all-Christmas radio stations before the last of the gravy has been scrubbed out of the autumn tablecloth, but once the tree is bought, I feel no shame in putting on some holiday tunes to get me in the mood for the season.

I have always enjoyed groups like TransSiberian Orchestra, and Mannheim Steamroller. My children love The Muppets Christmas Album, Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Very Special Christmas Anthologies, and the Charlie Brown Christmas album. Crooners like Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby, never go out of style. And you probably couldn’t get me to admit it at a party, but I’ve even been known to rock out to Mariah Carey, 98 Degrees, and N’Sync if they’re in the rotation. There’s definitely no shortage of classics from centuries past to the 2000s.

But what’s new this year? If you’re looking to freshen up your seasonal playlist, here are a few links to some of the new holiday albums of 2017.

http://ew.com/music/2017-christmas-albums/new-holiday-music

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-holiday-music-2017-htmlstory.html

https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Christmas-Albums-2017-44183546

And while you’ll probably never get me to stop jamming to Wham’s Last Christmas, I’m happy to give Gwen and Blake’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas a try (even if I still hold a grudge that he was named Hottest Man Alive this year…). And even if music isn’t your cup of tea, I hope you, too, can find that one thing that helps you get into the spirit of the season.

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