Vince Guaraldi Trio: Linus and Lucy

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a timeless Christmas album that really can be listened to at any time during the year. It’s a fun, jazzy album that can even keep you grooving during Christmas in July. Even though Christmas Day is over, the Christmas season isn’t (not as far as I’m concerned) and this album is definitely a classic, even for New Year’s. Below is a fave.

Ricky Martin: Ay, Ay, Ay, It’s Christmas

I do not know where I discovered this Ricky Martin song, but my guess is that Rosie O’Donnell had some kind of Christmas compilation (her voice makes an appearance in the song) and I managed to get my hands on it. My husband loathes this song. I find it fun and festive. I really cannot listen to the song without feeling happy. And FWIW, it’s the only Ricky Martin song I own.

Point of Grace: Emmanuel, God With Us

Point of Grace is an all-female Christian band (that I honestly haven’t kept up with over the years) that dropped one of my most favorite Christmas albums. It’s a classic to me and symbolizes the wonder and magnificence of Christmas. With a mix of Jesus-based songs and standard holiday fare, A Christmas Story is an all-around great Christmas album from a Christian group. Below is “Emmanuel, God With Us,” a beautiful song about reaching out to a stranger during the holiday season.