• Sarah

    your tree sounds HUGE .. I’d love to see a picture!!

    ok .. favorite albums ..

    Celine Dion .. her Christmas Album (now, if her version of O Holy Night doesn’t give you shivers .. nothing will) .. she is our Quebec native girl .. and I thing her voice is the purest .. she does a fantastic album!

    ok … Sarah McLaughlin .. just look her up in amazon .. I don’t have the time to get you the links, but it’s called Wintersong .. FABULOUS ALBUM

    Harry Connick of course
    Micheal Buble .. another great Christmas song collection

    And finally, a favorite of my Dad’s (he’s british) and thus mine, it is SO hard to find though, The Vienna Boys Choir (Christmas songs..) it’s is SO amazing…

    good luck ..

  • http://manicmomday.wordpress.com Kate

    The only album that jumps to mind is South Park Christmas. Camman, you can let her listen to Kyle sing about being a lonely Jew and Cartman chiming in. It’ll be good timey in the principal’s office next week when she starts repeating it!

    Then there’s a smattering of onsey-twosey songs: the classic Band Aid “Do They Know it’s Christmas,” No Doubt’s “Oi to the World,” and a personal preference– New Kids on the Block’s Christmas Album (HAHAHAHAHA)

  • Ted

    I’m pretty certain all my suggestions have been mentioned, so I’ll just say, “Mmmmmmm, mustard bath!”

  • http://erinn822.blogspot.com/ Erinn

    I am 31 years old and to this day, the album I treasure the most from my childhood is “John Denver & The Muppets – A Christmas Together.” I cannot remember a Christmas where my mother was not playing that record as we put up the tree. I would sit in the dark looking at the lit tree and listen to the album. Of course, nowadays I have switched to the ipod version…(although I sometimes miss the vinyl scratchy sound). You should have this for Christmas. For sure.

  • Stacy

    “This is not much different than telling them that once a year millions of people across the world strip naked and hop into a bathtub full of mustard. Why? Because Christ was born! ”

    ROTFLMAO!

    Nuts or no nuts, I always stick with the classics. I can only listen to Alvin and the Chipmunks so long before I feel like ripping my ears off.

  • http://chromachord.blogspot.com Stella

    Oh man…I fail at giving suggestions. I mean, I like US Christmas music, after all, my dad was born there, but Puerto Rican music is my favorite! How can I resist songs about eating pork and gorging on soup at 2 in the morning!

    (Trust me, it sounds weird in English, but in Spanish it makes perfect sense.)

    Parranda!

  • wheezer345

    When I was growing up and decorating a “fake” tree (thanks to my mom who is allergic to real trees) we listened to “Ray Conniff and the Ray Conniff Singers/We Wish You A Merry Christmas”. It has the usual Christmas songs you can sing with but has some funny interludes. They segway from one song to another by someone saying “Look who’s standing under the mistltoe!!!!” and the singers start laughing! Who can’t have fun decorating a tree with that playing in the background???!!!!!

  • Amy

    Definitely love Rat Pack Christmas.

  • Linny

    A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector is the BEST Christmas album ever. And let’s face it, Phil Spector is more than a little nutty…

  • Anna

    Sufjan – Songs for Christmas. It’s never gets turned off in our house this time of year.

  • Tracy

    I’m a big fan of a christmas album with John Denver and the muppets, I don’t have the name handy but I always enjoy it.

  • wheezer345

    When I was growing up and decorating a “fake” tree (thanks to my mom who is allergic to real trees) we listened to “Ray Conniff and the Ray Conniff Singers/We Wish You A Merry Christmas”. It has the usual Christmas songs you can sing with but has some funny interludes. They segway from one song to another by someone saying “Look who’s standing under the mistltoe!!!!” and the singers start laughing! Who can’t have fun decorating a tree with that playing in the background???!!!!!

  • Norah

    Huh, I never thought the Charlie Brown music was depressing. The television special with the poor little sagging tree–that was depressing–but the music is just so…laid back.

    With that in mind, I would suggest John Denver with the Muppets (I think it’s “A Christmas Together”) for Christmas cheer without Chipmunks frenzy. However, since you appear to be looking for exactly that (the frenzy), I second the Dr. Demento recommendation. Or Weird Al. Or Tom Lehrer. Or all three.

    We always listened to Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances for four-hand piano; I have no idea what that has to do with Christmas, but it always gave my sister and I something to dance to in high Christmas morning spirits.

  • http://www.newfamilycircus.blogspot.com/ Stacy

    I vote for Acid Christmas. Similar to what you were saying, remixes of the classics, but its really fun. We bought it way back in college so I’m not even sure where to find it, but if you do I’d definitely get it.

  • http://adventuresofafoodslut.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Definitely the Barenaked Ladies holiday album. I downloaded it 4 years ago, and it’s still my favorite. Elf’s Lament is a hilarious song!

  • Gina

    i checked the first 70 or so comments and the last handful, and i see no one has suggested tchaikovsky’s nutcracker. i definitely don’t consider myself that cultured, but nothing sounds like christmas to me more than a little dance of the sugarplum fairies! i highly recommend!

  • http://kaija.jatnieks.com/blog riskanti

    Since both have already been mentioned several times, I’ll just agree with and put in votes for the Christmas music albums of re-mixed mammalian cries for “food!”, “potty!”, and “70% commission!”

    The best part is you don’t need to know all of the words to the songs, either.

  • Sadie

    I don’t have time to read the 1200+ comments before me to see if someone already made this suggestion, but JOHN FAHEY Christmas. It’s on iTunes, I bought it last year. It is acoustic guitar, instrumental, and it is hauntingly beautiful. We always played it when I was little, after my parents pried the Alvin & the Chipmunks album out of my little hands. That is a favorite too.

  • http://www.soapourri.com Cindy

    Josh Groban, Mannheim Steamroller, and one weird corny old-fashioned one!

  • Holly

    Christmas Cocktails
    Very jazzy remix of an assortment of songs. Wonderful!

  • leslie

    i didn’t read the bajillion comments…..but we like the barenaked ladies christmas album up here in canada!

  • leah

    we only own one xmas album too and it’s the elf soundtrack. we love it!!! although my friend swears by james brown’s xmas album.

  • M. Silcox

    Dude! It totally pains me that you have never heard of OI! TO THE WORLD by The Vandals. It’s a genuine, no-posers Punk Rock Christmas album! The title track was covered by No Doubt, and is quite simply the best Christmas song ever written by human hand (for the Vandals version you’ll need a lyric sheet, though – their lead singer is kind of a mushmouth). And the classic “It’s Christmastime for My Penis” needs to be heard by Leta quickly, before it’s too late!

  • erin6464

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue2Cvr8p-3k

    Gayla Peevey

    I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

  • http://www.ohmandarenee.wordpress.com Amanda

    You know, I normally can’t stand Christmas music. Not sure why… but a was introduced to this album last night and it really isn’t so bad!
    http://www.amazon.com/This-Warm-December-Brushfire-Holidays/dp/B001H5HWSA

  • Anonymous

    I really love Aimee Man’s Christmas Album “One more drifter in the snow.” Classic songs, but in her cool style.

    Also, you can get a free download of Twas the Night Before Christmas narrated with funny sounds and music (www.todscircus.com) . My little ones LOVE THIS. I even sent this to friends and family instead of our annual christmas card….Free is cheaper than a card and stamp.

  • cheryl

    Check out Twisted Christmas by Bob Rivers. It’d be a good balance for the Mormon Tab!
    Songs include:
    The 12 Pains of Christmas
    The Chimney Song (“Somethings stuck up in the chimney and we don’t know what it is…” still makes me laugh!)
    The Restroom door said Gentlemen

  • sara

    I have that album, and love it!

    I just downloaded the album Wintersong; it’s very nice. It’s a perfect blend of happy and melancholy. And Fiona’s version of Frosty makes me happy.

  • http://jewelspreciousandpriceless.blogspot.com/ Jewels

    Boney M. nothing like the 1978 song “Mary’s Boy Child” to shake your groove thang too.

  • Mandy

    Some of my favorites are the John Denver/Muppets Christmas album, the soundtrack to “Love, Actually” and any older jazz Christmas tunes, particularly Dave Brubeck’s stuff.

    There is no soundtrack, but if you’ve never seen “Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas” (and as a child of the 70s/80s, I DON’T see how that would be possible), I would highly recommend ordering the DVD. It’s my favorite Christmas show of all time and has some great music in it.

  • Lis

    The Muppets and John Denver: A Christmas Together.

    It doesn’t get any nuttier than this! But 25 years later I still love love love this album.

    http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Together-John-Denver-Muppets/dp/B000001VD4

  • Todd Bigelow

    I was going to suggest Merry Mixmas! I have been playing it nonstop since Dec. 1st. I would also highly recommend Christmas Remix 1 and 2 (both available on iTunes) and The Reindeer Room.

  • Jen K

    I am sure by now people have suggested these

    Muppets and John Denver Christmas Album- we adore “Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat…” and also Harry Connick,Jr Christmas album is amazing.

  • http://jewelspreciousandpriceless.blogspot.com/ Jewels

    Boney M. nothing like the 1978 song “Mary’s Boy Child” to shake your groove thang too.

  • Liss

    Already mentioned:
    Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong album–SO worth it
    Mannheim Steamroller

    I can’t stand the radio and everyone’s overdone version of “O Holy Night” or whatever.

    I do love the Narada Christmas albums 1 & 2 and Narada Nutcracker. It’s not nutty, but it’s the kind of instrumental Christmas music you can put in the background, or if you’re really wanting to, turn on in July and no one screams at you. (Listened to almost the whole CD once in the spring before a roommate paid attention to what the melodies were.)

  • Kylie

    Time Life Christmas Treasury. We always listened to it growing up. It has a good mix of nutty old songs and the classics. I love it. Order it online, I don’t know it it is on itunes.

  • joey mayes

    harlan t. bobo did some christmas music a few years back. you can prolly find it online somewhere. also the ventures did a christmas record. heard it blows tho

  • http://themommyblog.net Mindy

    SpongeBob Christmas. On DVD.

  • nikwit

    My favorites growing up were my Mom’s Barbara Streisand Christmas album (amazing jazzed-up renditions of “Jingle Bells,” “My Favorite Things,” and my personal favorite “I Wonder as I Wander”) and her Julie Andrews Christmas Album (also amazing if a little more traditional-sounding!)! I think both are from the ’70′s. Maybe you could find them on e-bay? I actually made tape recordings of those so I could have them with me after I left home. Now I don’t have a functioning tape player so those tapes are just sitting around deteriorating.

    Just fair warning, some folks may have an adverse reaction to Barbara Streisand singing Christmas songs, like one of my Catholic friends – “Why is SHE singing Christmas songs? She’s Jewish!” I’d never thought of that before, because, well, being Unitarian lots of people could ask the same question of me. Hey, if you’re going to have the majority religion and make everyone celebrate it, guess what, everyone’s going to celebrate it for what it may mean to them, not necessarily what it means to you. Deal with it. Still the best Christmas album I ever ever listened to. Sung by a Jewish lady. Yeah!!

  • Kate

    I thought I would be the only one promoting Phil Spector’s _A Christmas Gift For You_ but I’m not. My parents played this while we trimmed the tree, and now as an adult I’m doing the same. And trust me, it is one kooky album. Apparently it’s Brian Wilson’s favorite Christmas album of all time, according to Wikipedia! If that (and Spector’s hair) doesn’t prove its nuttiness, I don’t know what will.

  • Jenn

    Well, if you haven’t already gotten this suggestion, my favorite Christmas albums growing up were the compilation albums called “A Very Special Christmas”. They have all of the classics with updated twists and some other fun ones mixed in! There are a bunch of volumes, but the I’ve been playing Volume 2 on repeat for over a decade.

    Highlights include:
    “Christmas All Over Again” – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    “Please Come Home for Christmas” – Bon Jovi
    “What Christmas Means to Me” – Paul Young
    “Sleigh Ride” – Debbie Gibson
    “The Birth of Christ” – Boyz II Men

    Volume 3 has No Doubt, Sheryl Crow, Hootie, Chris Cornell, and my favorite Christmas song by Dave Matthews appropriately named “Christmas Song”.

    And Christmas is not complete in our house without watching Elf! :-) Just play the movie on repeat while you decorate. It’s not depressing like Charlie Brown.

    My allergic-to-Christmas-trees husband was quite pleased to hear that John shares this with him. I suppose it’s better to have to “fluff” the tree than deal with the fire hazard and the needles everywhere….

  • Trine

    You should try “It’s snowing on my piano” by fabulous Norwegian pianist Bugge Wesseltoft. Fab!

  • http://www.yetanotherheather.blogspot.com heather

    Oh my GOD you have to get that Muppets Christmas album with John Denver. It is THE Christmas music memory of my childhood. Of course, it’s probably not going to be too helpful if Leta has never watched the Muppets, but I think it is great. For something a little more traditional, I really love Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s christmas album too.

  • Jen

    Another vote for the Phil Spector Christmas album. It used to be really hard to find, but I think that may have been before the internet happened.

    Not only is this album fun and interesting and ballsy, but it manages to not seem to contrived or packaged, I think because it is a bit nutty in parts. It’s a hit!

  • http://banannalise.blogspot.com Annalise

    I love Sufjan Steven’s “Songs for Christmas” because it doesn’t sound too unlike the music I listen to the rest of the year. And it’s beautiful!

    If you’re looking for something kooky, I grew up with “Carpenter’s Christmas” and still enjoy listening to it on repeat every Christmas.

  • http://anchorednomad.blogspot.com Sarah

    Last year the NPR electronica podcast, Groove Salad, did a show about Om Records’ Home for the Holidays CD.

    By the time I got around to listening to it was mid-March, but I remember thinking it was really fabulous (smooth and chill and not all dance-club-wanna-be) and swore to buy it this Christmas. It must’ve been kinda’ good because eight months later, it immediately popped into my head after this post.

    However, I just listened to some of the samples on Amazon and it isn’t as fabulous as I remember. I’m not sure if that’s because it isn’t fabulous or because my laptop speaker is very tiny.

    Of course, as others have suggested, the New Kids Christmas album is surely the definitive authority on holiday tunage. Can’t go wrong there.

  • http://jettcat.livejournal.com/ Jett

    Aimee Mann-One more drifter in the snow-great classic and a fun version of Mr Grinch!
    A Winter’s Tale-various artists-from The Barenaked Ladies to The Weepies.
    Enjoy

  • Lisa

    Hands down, my favorite holiday CD is Bare Naked for the Holidays by the Bare Naked Ladies. Has lots of zesty, quirky energy, while still being kinda sweet and tender. Jingle Bells is a particular favorite – -they play with the tempo dramatically, and we had a fun holiday one year running around our kitchen with little nieces and nephews to that one, playing a kind of musical chairs with the song every time the tempo changed.

    Also love a Jazzy Wonderland, which is a nice and fun compilation of contemporary Jazz . . .

    I also have a bunch of compilation CDs of standards, which fill the niches for those oldies but goodies we grew up associating with the holiday prep. . .

  • http://www.abdpbt.com anna

    A Very Special Xmas from MTV features many 80s stars. I also like the single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid. Gotta love Duran Duran.

  • Anonymous

    I loved Conway Twitty’s Christmas tape. It was Conway Twitty and the Twittybird. And it was this story about him and this bird go visit Santa in the North Pole. I LOVED IT when I was little~ I still do :)