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Rather Be Listening to Holiday Tunes

I love when research for a post requires me to listen to CHRISTMAS MUSIC. If only everything were that simple and amazing. But it’s true, I’ve been revving up our annual Rather Be Reading Holiday Mixes on Spotify — last year’s, 2012, and 2011 — so that I make this year’s the BEST (making it even harder for me in 2015).

I’m not sure if I ever shared this with you before but I listen to music as often as possible — when I’m getting ready in the morning, on my walk to work, during work, on my commute home, and before bed. I hate quiet. I need background noise so this season’s music of choice is totally obvious.

Estelle Too Many Holiday Songs

First things first, let’s talk new albums. There have been quite a few this year and here are the few I am deeming “buy it” quality.

Holiday Albums You Should Buy in 2014

[ Idina Menzel’s Holiday Wishes | Christmas with Nashville | Pentatonix’s That’s Christmas to Me ]

Looking for some classics to add to your collection?

Classic Holiday Albums You Need

[ A Charlie Brown Christmas | Elvis Presley The Christmas Album | In the Christmas Mood by Glenn Miller Orchestra ]

what you’ve been waiting for  ♥ ♥ ♥

I’ll stop beating around the Christmas tree now… hope you enjoy this year’s Rather Be Reading Holiday Mix! Don’t be shy — we would love to hear what holiday tunes you are listening to this winter!

December 15, 2014 - 12:00 am

Alexa S. - I always look forward to your holiday mixes! They’re always such a great collection of tunes, and it makes me feel festive whenever I’m listening to it. Also, I love that that Pentatonix album is on here – I’m pretty damn obsessed with it!

December 14, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I love music, and especially Christmas music but I have to admit that I am behind on updating my holiday tunes and tend to just listen to the classics. I am definitely intrigued by that Nashville Christmas album and am going to check it out! Thanks for the recs!

December 14, 2014 - 10:01 am

Weekly Highlights; The AHHHH! Edition | A Daydreamer's Thoughts - […] Megan and Estelle have posted a great post about Christmas music. Read it here. […]

December 12, 2014 - 10:48 am

Brianna - Thanks for sharing this. I’m Jewish, but I love Christmas music. Even though I don’t have much spirit this season (it’s been a weird year and I just want it over), Christmas music always cheers me up a little.

December 12, 2014 - 12:12 am

Stephanie at The Insouciant Sophisticate - I’m pleased to see Idina’s CD on the buy list-it’s a definite want for me!

December 11, 2014 - 10:43 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I just recently made a Christmas playlist and it DEF included songs from Nashville and Pentatonix! 😀

December 11, 2014 - 10:40 am

Meg - How fun! I love holiday music — it’s just so cheerful. A local radio station begins playing Christmas tunes right after Halloween, and I must confess that I had that on a time or two before I was probably “supposed” to. 🙂 I had no idea Idina Menzel has a Christmas album out — will have to look for that for my sister! She loves her and is seeing her in concert next summer. Hopefully she doesn’t have it . . .

December 11, 2014 - 10:23 am

Annette - I hardly ever listen to music, EXCEPT during Christmas. Other times I listen to audiobooks. My “new find” this year is The Piano Guys. I also like Mannheim Steamroller, Trans Siberian Orchestra, and George Winston’s December, if you want some classics.

December 11, 2014 - 10:13 am

Leah - I spent a good 10 minutes ranting about Christmas in retail only to decide at the last minute to not turn into a Grinch. 🙂

I really do love Christmas music, honest! You cannot go wrong with Charlie Brown and I love She & Him’s Christmas album. Folksy covers are by far my favorite, although if you’re ever craving some seriously over the top and UBER dramatic singing, hunt down a copy of Neil Diamond’s Christmas album. Absolute perfection.

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