Christmas Music To Bring Back the Cheer: 11 Bloggers Share Their Faves

christmas musicTis the season of merry making, yet given all the news of late my holiday is not feeling so happy. I need major cheering up to get into the spirit, so I’m turning to Christmas music.

This morning I’ve got Cee-Lo Green’s new Christmas album “Magic Moment” blaring from the other room, and I have to admit it’s helping a bit. You can always count on Cee-Lo to bring the fun, and I can’t help but smile when I hear him sing “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

I’ve reached out to a few friends, many of whom you may recognize as kickass parent bloggers, to get their recommendations for great holiday music. Check out our list of 11 Christmas albums you may want to pick up or download to improve your level of Christmas cheer, because everyone who has ever watched Elf knows that we have to have plenty of Christmas cheer in order for Santa’s sleigh to fly.

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    Cee-Lo
    Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks and Babble Voices' Bliss Your Heart says her favorite holiday album of the moment is Cee-Lo Green's "Magic Moment." I have to agree. If you need some cheer, here's where to find it.
  • Nat King Cole 2 of 11
    Nat King Cole
    Who knew a guy who writes about diaper blowouts and baby puke had such taste and class? Charlie Capen of How To Be A Dad and Night of the Living Dads on Babble Voices lists Nat King Cole among his faves.
  • She & Him 3 of 11
    She & Him
    Rachel Faucett, who blogs at Handmade Charlotte, picks "A Very She & Him Christmas," featuring Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, as a fave.
    Find Rachel writing on Babble Voices at Invitation Only.
  • Elvis 4 of 11
    Elvis
    I consider Deb Rox an arbiter of what's cool, so it's no surprise she goes with Elvis' "Christmas."
    You can find Deb blogging on Babble Voices at Rox On.
  • Boyz II Men 5 of 11
    Boyz II Men
    Kelly Wickham of Mocha Momma and Babble Voices' Mocha Momma Has Something To Say loves the song "Let It Snow" from Boyz II Men's album "Christmas Interpretations."
  • New Kids On The Block 6 of 11
    New Kids On The Block
    I had no idea NKOTB even had a Christmas album, which shows how much I know. My friend Morgan Shanahan of The 818 gives "Merry, Merry Christmas" the nod.
    You can also find Morgan on Babble Voices at Ten Degrees Hotter.
  • Sufjan Stevens 7 of 11
    Sufjan Stevens
    Lots of people recommend Sufjan Stevens's various Christmas albums, including Lauren Hartmann of Disney Baby, Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte, Tsh Oxenreider of Simple Mom and Charlie Capen of How to Be A Dad. Stevens has a new 5-disc box set out this season, called "Songs for Christmas."
  • Charlie Brown 8 of 11
    Charlie Brown
    Political blogger Joanne Bamberger of PunditMom picks Christmas music both Republicans and Democrats can agree on: Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack for the much-loved television special "Charlie Brown Christmas."
    You can find Joanne on Babble Voices at her blog Pundit Mom's Spin Cycle.
  • Michael Buble 9 of 11
    Michael Buble
    Tanis Miller of Redneck Mommy says she's a fan of Michael Buble's new album, "Christmas," as well as Bing Crosby. This proves she can't really be that much of a redneck, can she?
  • Mindy Smith 10 of 11
    Mindy Smith
    Mindy Smith's "My Holiday" is one of my favorites. Her voice is so sweet and calming. If you're trying to find a little bit of peace in these confusing times, this might be the album for you.
    Oh, and I hope you'll visit me on Babble Voices at Something Fierce.
  • Johnny Mathis 11 of 11
    Johnny Mathis
    Tracey Gaughran-Perez of the pop culture observatory MamaPop goes old school with Johnny Mathis' "Merry Christmas." For more great old school Xmas, I highly suggest Lou Rawls for a smooth yule.

Be sure to let us know what your favorite Christmas music is. The more comprehensive the list, the better!

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