Christmas Playlist

Well, Advent is in full swing and that means preparations for Christmas are at the forefront of everyones' minds. And, of course, when you're doing all that wrapping, making, boxing and baking, you need something to listen to. So here's my playlist of the things I've been listening to the most this holiday season.

1. Downe in Yon Forrest by Kemper Crabb

My new favorite Christmas album

2. The Nutcracker Suite by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra

Tchaikovsky gets the Ellington Treatment. Simply fantastic!

3. 40 Essential Carols by The Queen's College Choir, Cambridge

This one has almost all of my favorite carols in one place.

4. A Charlie Brown Christmas by The Vince Guaraldi Trio

Classic Christmas jazz and nostalgia.

5. The Messiah by Handel (conducted by Christopher Hogwood)

This recording by the Academy of Ancient Music conducted by Christopher Hogwood is regarded as the best recording of The Messiah. And Handel's Messiah, in my opinion, is the greatest piece of musical art ever created.

Runners up:

Christmas by Alabama
City on a Hill: It's Christmastime