Music for Your Midweek

Christmas Music

It’s been four months since our last Music for Your Midweek, which means it’s been three months too long! Since December is the month I like to bump Christmas music all day long, let’s jump back in with a list of my favorite Christmas albums.

Usually we share these on a Wednesday, but my plans were foiled by delayed flight, super late (or early depending on how you want to look at it) arrival in Boulder for Christmas with family, and our two hour time difference. Not to mention lots of glorious sleep and family time. Since it’s still Thursday “morning” where we are, let’s get to it. (As always, I’m throwing in links to listen for free on Spotify. These aren’t affiliate links, just my favorite way to stream music and share it with others.)


Francesca Batistelli – Christmas

This is one of my favorite albums this year, and “You’re Here” is probably my favorite modern Christmas song ever. Listen to the full album for free here.

You’re Here


Chris Tomlin – Christmas Songs of Worship

Pretty much everything Chris Tomlin does is amazing, so it’s no surprise his Christmas album feels like an instant classic. Listen to the full album here.

Angels We Have Heard on High


Cee-Lo Green – Cee-Lo’s Magic Moment

I once managed a Tom Cruise style slide across the floor to the opening track. This is most likely to win “best Christmas party album” on the list. Listen to the full album here.

What Christmas Means to Me


Martina McBride – White Christmas

Martina McBride’s album is another one that feels like a classic from start to finish from her versions of “Silent Night” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” to “Jingle Bells.” Listen to the full album here.

Silent Night


Sidewalk Prophets – Merry Christmas to You

This one just came out this year, and I’m already loving it. It’s quick and fun and “What a Glorious Night” is a great new track. Listen to the full album here.

What a Glorious Night

Mariah Collage

Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas / Merry Christmas II You

It goes without saying. I play these every year, and “Oh Holy Night” still gives me shivers. I like Merry Christmas II You just as much as the original, and “One Child” is also high up on my list of new songs I love. Listen to Merry Christmas here and Merry Christmas II You here.

O Holy Night” / “One Child


Phil Wickham – Songs for Christmas

Love, love, love this album from start to finish. “O Come O Come Emmanuel” is incredible. Listen to the full album here.

O Come O Come Emmanuel

You can listen to all of the above tracks plus some in the playlist below. If you don’t have a Spotify account, you can sign up for one for free to stream music on a computer or phone. Wishing you a Merry Christmas season!

Picture by Stephanie Oh.



  1. I’m slightly obsessed with Christmas, so I suppose it’s only natural that I’m a bit obsessed with Christmas music. So much so, that it’s near impossible to choose favorites! I will say that the albums that make it really feel like Christmas for me are the ones I grew up listening to. The Carpenters’ album called “Christmas Portrait” is probably the top favorite, even over all the things I’ve heard and loved since then. On the instrumental side, it’s Kenny G’s first holiday album “Miracle” and the Narada Christmas Collection Vol. 1 and 2. I think if I lost all my other Christmas albums but these 4, I’d be okay with it. But that’s not at all to say that I don’t have newer favorites! Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” is def. on the list. Bebo Norman’s “From the Realms of Glory” is stellar. Casting Crown’s “Peace on Earth” and MercyMe’s “Christmas Sessions” are also favorites. And then there is Over the Rhine’s “Snow Angels.” Sigh. Yes, I could totally go on and on!

    Listening right now to the Phil Wickham album you linked to…and loving it so far.

    Hope you are enjoying your time with family!! So thankful you have some time off to enjoy the season. Love you, Friend.


    1. OK, Courtney, I’m taking recommendations from you any time! I’m going to look up your favorites. I think my mom may have rocked that Kenny G album and the Narada Christmas Collection when I was growing up, so I’ll probably recognize them!

      Casting Crowns and MercyMe are favorites, too. They *almost* made the list, but I had to restrain myself. 😉 My church just played a cover of MercyMe’s “Silent Night,” and got me super into their version!

      You picked a good one from the list. Phil Wickham’s album is probably my second favorite Christmas album right now right after Mariah Carey’s first album. Her version of “O Holy Night” just kills me and Phil’s “O Come O Come Emmanuel” seriously brings tears to my eyes.

      Love you, too, friend! Thanks for all of those amazing recommendations! Merry Christmas (He came!!!)


      1. Haha…yes, well, obviously *I* didn’t bother to restrain myself from listing way too many favorites! It would totally make my day if you grew up listening to Kenny G and the Narada Christmas albums, too–let me know if you recognize them when you give them a listen!


  2. Been listening to Chris Tomlin, Phil Wickham, and Mariah all season. I’m going to have to check out the others!
    And I kinda love Bing Crosby’s Christmas album still.
    And Becky Kelly’s “Where’s the Line to See Jesus?” makes me all teary – so good!!!


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