My Christmas Playlist

Welcome to Music Mondays!

I love Christmas music. I don’t love when stores start playing it before Thanksgiving, but I have nothing against you playing it at home all year round!

And because it’s the first Music Monday of December, I thought I’d share some songs on my Christmas Playlist.

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Here are 10 of my favorite Christmas songs in no particular order:

1. “You’re Here” ~ Francesca Battistelli

2. “Christmas Offering” ~ Casting Crowns

If you are not singing this song in church, I suggest you send your worship leader an email With THIS LINK (click to listen).

3. “Carol of the Bells” ~ BarlowGirl

This is one of my favorite songs. Normally, I prefer instrumental renditions, but I have to admit, Barlow Girl gets it. The timing, the crescendos, the articulations, the harmonies, the modulations, they’re all right on. Makes my heart flutter when I hear it.

4.”O Holy Night” ~ David Phelps

Let’s be honest. This song is HARD to sing. But oh, I love it so. And friends, David Phelps can sing, but it’s his passion that gets me every time and has made it my favorite version of this song. THIS LINK HERE shows him singing it live on the Gaither Vocal Band stage. Gives me goosebumps every time I watch it! (This is the best clip I could find. NOTE: The song begins around the 1:25 mark, but the testimonial is great before!)

5. “How Many Kings” ~ Downhere

This is a beautiful song for reflection. You can listen and read the lyrics by CLICKING HERE.
♪♫ How many greats have become the least for me?
♪♫ How many fathers have gave up their sons for me? Only one has done that for me. All for you. All for me.  ♪♫

6. “Mary and Joseph” ~ Dave Barnes

I’ve recently discovered Dave Barnes and really enjoy this entire Christmas album — especially this song:

7. “Hallelujah (Light Has Come)” ~ Barlowgirl

I really enjoy this entire album (Barlowgirl Home For Christmas). CLICK HERE to watch the official video of this great song.

8. “Be Born in Me (Mary’s Song)” ~ Francesca Battistelli from Music Inspired by “The Story”

Love. This. Song. (love the variety of this album, too)
Here is a sampling of the lyrics. Click on any of them to listen and see all the words to this beautiful song.

 ♪♫ I’ll hold you in the beginning
You’ll hold me in the end
Every moment in the middle
make my heart your Bethlehem
Be born in me
I am not brave I’ll never be
the only thing my heart can offer is vacancy
I’m just a girl
Nothing more
but I am willing
I am yours
Be born in me

9. “Breath of Heaven” ~ Amy Grant

Yet another Mary’s Song I love. And let’s face it, no one sings it better than Amy Grant. CLICK HERE to refresh your memory.

10. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” ~ Casting Crowns

This is one of my favorite Christmas Hymns. I was so excited to see it on Casting Crowns’ fabulous Christmas album and was completely shocked to discover it was a fabulous instrumental interpretation. Still love it.

That’s a beautiful note to end on this week!

How about you? What are your favorite Christmas Songs? I’d love to hear as we’ll continue talking about them on Mondays for a few more weeks!

Thanks for sharing your time with me.

Simply striving,


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6 thoughts on “My Christmas Playlist

  1. I love
    Ava Maria by Harry Connick Jr
    Anything by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
    Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant
    It Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Caedmon’s Call
    O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Enya

    I love all Christmas music but these are my favorites for now! 🙂

    • thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Fawnda!
      Great list! and you’re right…what’s not to love about all Christmas music 🙂
      (and I agree about anything by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra!)

  2. so many songs….so little time!!! here are some of my favs (in no particular order):

    1. Come and Worship – Bebo Norman
    2. O Holy Night – Josh Groban – LOVE this man’s voice!
    3. I Need A Silent Night – Amy Grant (a new favorite!)
    4. Away In A Manger – Veggietales (yes, that’s right…its my favorite standard version. and I love this song as its Molly’s favorite lullabye and we sing it just about every night.
    5. Away In A Manger/Sacred Night – Nicole C Mullen (FUN!)
    6. Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy) – Chris Tomlin (CRAZY awesome!)
    7. Carol Of The Bells – Trans Siberian Orchestra…or anything by them really…love them!
    8. A Charlie Brown Christmas – Vince Guaraldi…the entire soundtrack…a favorite from my childhood
    9. Stille Nacht – Manheim Steamroller (Mr. Sater would be proud) 😀
    10. Offering (Christmas version) – Casting Crowns does a beautiful version! I’d never heard it until today, thanks for tuning me into this one, Nikk! 🙂

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