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.

Amy Grant: Christmas Can’t Be Very Far Away

One of my favorite albums of the Christmas season is Amy Grant’s A Christmas to Remember. One of the songs that always gets me into the swing of Christmas is “Christmas Can’t Be Very Far Away.” It’s probably not apropos for those who don’t really have family around but it reminds me of the time that I will share with my family and quite frankly, enjoy good food.