Saturday, November 15, 2014

Classic Holiday Standards {a Family Christian Blogger review and giveaway}

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'Tis the season.  Our Christian radio station has switched to playing a whole lot of Christmas music, there is Christmas stuff up in all the stores, and I even saw a house all lit up with Christmas lights last night.

I'm not quite ready for Christmas for real, but since I blog a few reviews, I so have the chance to be "doing" Christmas a bit before I'd otherwise be ready.

Today, I'm reviewing some Christmas music.  Specifically, a CD called Classic Holiday Standards.

With a title like that, I was expecting something fairly traditional.  And, in a way, this was.  Song titles like:
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas
  • Blue Christmas
  • Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
Sounds fairly traditional, right?  But then there are titles like:
  • Marshmallow World
  • My Favorite Things

We put this in while trying to get the kitchen cleaned up one day, and we weren't terribly impressed.  But we were pretty distracted, so I knew I had to listen again when I could focus a bit more.

I played it again while cooking dinner, and I enjoyed it a lot more that time through.  Now that I've actually heard the whole CD, I think it would work as background music.

There are some great artists on here, like Francesca Battistelli, Point of Grace, Sixpence None the Richer, Jaci Velasquez, Nicole C. Mullen, and Sandi Patty.

Marshmallow World (Francesca Battistelli) is really a lot of fun.  I'm still not sure why My Favorite Things (Sandi Patty) is on a Christmas CD, but it is beautiful.  Most of the other songs are a lot of fun too, though a couple are just a little out there.

I'm glad to have it as part of my Christmas music collection!

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Lis said...

I've often wondered about "A Few Of My Favorite Things" being a Christmas Song... I had heard that it was an English Tradition, and doing a little bit of research discovered that Julie Andrews sang it for a Christmas Special in the 1960s, and the rest is history??? ;)

Debra said...

I never thought to do any research on it. I just thought it was weird.

Glad there is SOME reason for it...

Melanie said...

Maybe also the "doorbells and sleighbells," "snowflakes and silver white winters?"

I'm willing to lump it in with all my other Christmas faves.

Not the least of which is "O Come, O Come Emmanuel."

I could actually go on in this category for days and days.... :)

AdenaF said...

"Marshmallow World" definitely sounds fun and interesting. "My Favorite Things" is on another Cmas Cd of mine - Lorrie Morgan's. I always assumed it talked about snowflakes and mittens so why not?

Brittney said...

This sounds like a fun CD, my husband and oldest son particularly love holiday music!

Cristi said...

A Francesca Batistelli Christmas song -- I definitely need to hear that one.

kathy dalton said...

id love the little drummer boy

kathy dalton said...

i love Silent night

Vera Godley said...

That is so hard to say because I love almost all of them. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing,

Virginia at That Bald Chick said...

My favorite Christmas song is Mary Did You Know

Karin said...

I like a lot of them, but always love to hear Bing Crosby sing White Christmas.