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Hope for All the World

Phillips, Craig and Dean’s second Christmas release, Hope for All the World, combines both original songs and classics for a timeless Christmas recording. read more

Christmas

International House of Prayer worship leader Julie Meyer releases her first holiday album, Christmas, which includes nine Christmas favorites and three modern holiday songs written by Meyer. read more

Christmas Worship

Three-time Dove Award-winner Paul Baloche releases his first Christmas album with the intent to provide a collection of holiday songs that resource the church. read more

For King & Country

It might not be kosher to list a sibling’s album as one of your all-time favorites, but honest to God, our sister Rebecca St. James’ record Christmas is at the top of the list. Classy work, if we do say so ourselves read more

Perry LaHaie

I remember buying Andy Williams’ first Christmas album [The Andy Williams Christmas Album] at a flea market. I love all the memories associated with it: the cover, the wonder it inspired in me, how it made me feel the magic of Christmas and how listening to it was like traveling back in time to the night Jesus was born. read more

Clay Crosse

A Charlie Brown Christmas. No question. I am a fool for nostalgia, and that recording—and TV show—take me straight back to my childhood. It’s jazzy and free, and I like it more the older I get. —Felicia Abraham read more

Ben Calhoun of Citizen Way

Amy Grant’s Home for Christmas is timeless. I have great memories of my family decorating the tree and listening to that album. We usually started playing it after Thanksgiving and kept it on until Easter! —Felicia Abraham read more

Yancy

My favorite Christmas album is Home for the Holidays by various artists on Sparrow. It was originally released in the late ’80s and re-released [as Christmas] in the ’90s. I love nontraditional Christmas music. Fa la la la ... —Felicia Abraham read more

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Michael Sweet of Stryper

My favorite Christmas album is Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song. For me, it highlights the perfect Christmas spirit, and it also has the most anointed version of “O Holy Night” that I’ve ever heard. Nat’s voice and the arrangements always make me feel like it’s Christmas, even in Las Vegas in the middle of July. —Felicia Abraham read more

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Julie Elias

I think Mariah Carey has one of the most impressive voices of all time. Even though her album Merry Christmas came out in 1994 (20 years ago!), it’s still my favorite. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is one of the most joyful, upbeat Christmas tunes I know of. Range-wise, her version of “O Holy Night” is untouchable. I love that she includes some songs about Jesus, even though she’s a pop artist with a secular audience. “Jesus Born on This Day” is so heavenly. You can have your lights, decorations, cookies ... but for me, as far as creating a Christmas atmosphere, it’s all about this album! —Felicia Abraham read more

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