Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. One of the best parts of the season (other than snow, lights and egg nog) is Christmas music.
I have way too much Christmas music. Typically, during November and December, I’ll turn on my iPod/iPhone to “shuffle” and play through all my seasonal tracks. But not this year. There’s one album that has gotten more play time this season than any other.
If you follow my twitter feed, you know that I’m not a fan of Christmas music before Thanksgiving day. My theory is that listening to it before Thanksgiving is cheating on the Pilgrims and Native Americans. I mean how would you feel if everyone celebrated your sibling’s birthday two months early (and one month earlier than yours)?
Well, I broke my own Christmas music rule this year when Phil Wickham’s new album “Songs for Christmas” came out at the end of October. I listened to it once and then painfully waited until Thanksgiving.
Since then, I’ve played it constantly and it’s instantly become my new favorite Christmas album.
EVERY song is worth the purchase.
You know how every Christmas album has to have the token “original” Christmas song by the musician? Well, this album is no exception, and the song “Christmas Time” is just as good as rest of the traditional songs on it. And though, Phil Wickham puts his own spin on some of the songs, he never does it too much. They all still feel “Christmasy”–still the same, but better and fresher than before. “The First Noel” is a great example of this and it’s now one of my favorite Christmas songs.
Stop what you’re doing and go buy the album only at philwickham.com. Buy it for yourself. Buy it for a friend. Just buy it, you won’t regret it.
And for all of you David Crowder Band fans out there who somehow haven’t heard about their version of “O, Holy Night” that they are giving away for free. You can download it here.
I’m a bit OCD with my iTunes music. I have album artwork for just about everything. Because the DCB song didn’t come with any, I created artwork from their page for you. Just right click on the image to the right and “save as” (or download it here). Then drag it into iTunes.