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Listen to Aleteia’s favorite Christmas songs

CHRISTMAS NOTES
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A few of the classics alongside some hidden gems.

Christmas is just a few days away and we know from experience that the worst part of last-minute Christmas shopping (aside from the traffic, dwindling shelf stock, and unbearable checkout lines) is the endless loop of the same two dozen Christmas tunes pouring through the radio. If new Christmas albums are dropping every year, why do we hear Wham!’s “Last Christmas” every hour?

Well, now that the shopping is done, you’ve got a full night of present wrapping ahead of you and Aleteia is here to soothe your grated ears with a playlist of some truly wonderful Christmas hymns and carols. We’ve assembled an hour’s worth of some of our favorites, from timeless classics, like The Carpenters’ “Silent Night,” to some that may have been overlooked, such as The Roches’ “We Three Kings.”

Nat King Cole’s “Joy to the World” is as timely as Burl Ives’ “Holly Jolly Christmas.” Cole was one of the most prominent and influential musicians of his time and recorded over 100 songs that became hits on the pop charts. His compositions may not receive much radio play these days, but each year we are reminded of his velvet-smooth voice at Christmastime.

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