Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it’s time to hear those age-old favorites you’ve come to know and love each and every year. C’mon, you know what I’m talking about … Gene Autry’s “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.”
You can’t help but get in the holiday spirit the moment you hear them. That’s why there’s a new bumper crop of Christmas albums every year. Christmas music is big business. If it’s done right, rewards are felt for years to come.
This year is no exception. Several new Christmas albums have been released just in time to make your holidays a little brighter.
My favorite of the new releases is Kelly Clarkson’s “Wrapped In Red.” It’s a perfect blend of something old, something new, something borrowed and something … red.
If you’re a fan of Clarkson’s music in general, you’ll appreciate “Wrapped In Red.” The album opens with the title track, which could easily find itself on the Hot 100. Like most of her biggest singles, she helped to co-write the track. I believe that’s the magic behind her success.
“Everybody’s happy/snow is falling down/prayers are being answered/miracles all around,” she sings on “Wrapped In Red,” a song that drives the courage to finally tell someone how much you’ve loved them.
She also co-wrote the tracks “Underneath The Tree,” “Every Christmas,” “Winter Dreams (Brandon’s song)” and “4 Carats.”
What is a Christmas album, though, without “White Christmas”? Clarkson does a beautiful job on the Irving Berlin classic. I think even Bing would approve.
Other notable classics revisited include “Blue Christmas,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Run Run Rudolph,” “Please Come Home For Christmas” and “Silent Night,” featuring Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood.
Susan Boyle is back with her second set of holiday music on “Home For Christmas.” Once again, Boyle delivers a beautiful mix of holiday favorites including “Little Drummer Boy,” “The Christmas Waltz” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” She also performs in duet “O Come, All Ye Faithful” with Elvis Presley.
Look for other new releases including the first Christmas album by Mary J. Blige, “A Mary Christmas.” Also available this year: “Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection” (Jewel), “The King’s Gift” (Trace Adkins), “Holiday Songs” (Bad Religion, “Kool For The Holidays” (Kool & The Gang), “Winter Loversland” (Tamar Braxton), “Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas” (Various Artists), “The Classic Christmas Album” (Barbara Streisand), and “Buon Natale: The Christmas Album” (Il Volo).
David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Mich., Journal correspondent. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.