I’ve always wanted to record my very own Christmas album.
Actually, that’s not even a little bit true for an album of any kind, unless you count taping Madonna off the radio when I was 11 and singing “Material Girl” super loud because my mother detested all that Madonna represented in the 1980’s. What can I say? I was living in a material world, and I was a material girl. It was like the anti-song for the true meaning of Christmas, and it transformed my mother into a crazy woman. When I was 11, that kind of awesome got marked straight in the Win Column of my Big Book of Driving My Mother Insane. I was on a roll!
Then my parents moved our family to Papua, Indonesia where I met malnourished children for the first time. Want to know what will cut the material tumor straight out of a kid? Yep; that kind of move will do it. And I’ll bet my mama marked it in the Win Column of her Train My Daughter Up In the Way She Should Go book. Sheesh. Those mamas are tricky creatures; you have to watch out for them. Seriously. They have skills.
Well, along with the rejection of material girl status, I apparently lost my taste in music.
Last week, I posted this on the Five Kids Facebook page:
I just admitted (in public, which we ALL know is the VERY WORST place to admit stuff) that my favorite Christmas song is Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant. There was giggling. And some chortling. And a guffaw or two. And one person who told me (in secret later) that it’s her fave, too (the chickenpants.)
Help a girl raise her coolness factor into this century, will you? I need a solid Christmas playlist. What’s YOUR favorite Christmas song?
Not only did several of you respond by coming out of the Breath of Heaven closet in public (you’re no chickenpantses!), now, thanks to modern technology and dozens of reader suggestions, I present to you…
The Five Kids Christmas Album!
(OK. Technically, it’s a YouTube playlist, but let’s pretend that it’s…)
The Five Kids Christmas Album!
‘Cause that just feels cooler.
You can play the album here:
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Twelve Days of Christmas: Straight No Chaser
Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Norah Jones and Willie Nelson
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: The Bare Naked Ladies and Sarah MacLachlan
Jesus Born On This Day: Mariah Carey
O Holy Night: Josh Groban
Breath of Heaven: Amy Grant
Christmas Canon: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
A Baby Changes Everything: Faith Hill
Mary Did You Know: Mark Lowery
I’ll Be Home for Christmas: Michael Bublé
There were so many more worthy suggestions from you, but the sound quality on YouTube didn’t translate for every song. (I scoured it for a good recording of All is Well, for example, but no dice. SO SAD!) If your favorite isn’t already represented here, please do leave it in the comments so everyone can enjoy it.
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