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Music For the Season

12/01/2006 02:19PM ● Published by Brandi Barnett

Soundtrack of the Holidays

December 2006
By Melissa Gulden

‘Tis the season to put that Justin Timberlake away (for now) and dust off that dreamy,
holiday-inspired, make-you-want-to-watch-White Christmas music.

Put that CD in the player, grab a glass of eggnog and make the Yuletide gay. After all,
isn’t this the one time of the year when your secret penchant for Barry Manilow is
accepted, or, at the very least, tolerated?

Here are some albums I think will put you in the festive mood, no matter what winter
holiday you celebrate.

Harry Connick, Jr .— Harry for the Holidays
Ah, the sweet, dulcet sounds of Harry. Could he be any more romantic? Snuggle up to your significant other and take in the wondrous melodies of this gorgeous, soulful man.

Elf — Music from the Major Motion Picture
As you listen, you can picture Will Ferrell singing Baby it’s Cold Outside in his green tights. Sing along and enjoy. (P.S. the movie is great, too!)

Jewel — Joy: A Holiday Collection
Jewel’s singing chops are proven once again. This is one of my favorites for the holidays.

Christina Aguilera — My Kind of Christmas
Rock out to Ms. Aguilera’s “Christmas Time.” She is one hot toddy!

Bing Crosby — Christmas Classics
You can’t get much more Christmas-y than these perennial favorites, as the crooner sings classics like O Holy Night and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Elvis Presley — Christmas Peace
Forty seasonal cuts spanning the King’s career. Blue Christmas is a classic, Elvis style.

Kenny Chesney — All I want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan
This warm, sunny album will have you pining for the Caribbean beaches for the holidays. Chesney’s duet with Willie Nelson on Pretty Paper is a must-hear.

Various Artists — American Idol: The Great Holiday Classics
Get down with Kelly, Ruben, Clay and the gang. Clarkson sings My Grown-Up Christmas List, and even Simon Cowell can’t complain about that one.

Celine Dion — These are Special Times
The Diva’s first Christmas album brings beautiful ballads such as Ave Maria and I’m Your Angel with R. Kelly.

Get thee to the store and buy these hits! And have yourself a Merry Little Christmas now. Cheers!

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