The 2016 Christmas Mix CD

The 2016 Christmas Mix CD via Chrystina Noel

Y’all. I disappeared. Did anybody notice? I think we call that having a day job. And sending 150 Christmas cards. I’m hoping to relax enough over the course of the next two weeks that I can kick off the year strong in 2017. Fingers crossed. But in the meantime, I really want to share this year’s Christmas Mix CD with you.

If you’re new to the game you may not know that I’ve been making Christmas Mix CDs for at least the past 8 years. That said, only 2013, 2014, and 2015 have been memorialized on the blog.

I always stress out about finding the exact right songs for the CDs. Which I know is silly. But think about it, every year you have less and less song options because there are only so many new songs that are released every year. Except for 2016. 2016 was apparently the year of all of the CD releases. Everybody thought to themselves, damn, 2016 was kind of a crappy year, I’m going to write a Christmas album to make it a little bit better. So here we are. I would highly recommend checking out (in this order):

So needless to say, this year was pretty easy. To the point that it was actually hard because I had too many versions of I’ll Be Home for Christmas that I wanted to use on the CD. This year, on the car ride to Connecticut for Thanksgiving I decided it would be fun to rank my top holiday songs of all-time. In order to be considered to be a holiday song (for me) more than one person needs to have recorded it. Here’s what I learned:

Chrystina’s Top Five Christmas Songs

  1. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  2. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  3. Mary, Did You Know?
  4. Merry Christmas, Darling
  5. The First Noel

Here’s something else I learned. Almost all of my least favorite songs have something to do with animals.

Chrystina’s Bottom Five Christmas Songs

  1. Up On the Housetop
  2. Dominic the Donkey
  3. I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
  4. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
  5. Frosty The Snowman

Now don’t get me wrong, there are definitely exceptions to the rule. I once worked on a job site where at the end of one of the days very close to Christmas Dominic the Donkey came on in the trailer and one of the bosses and I polka-ed around the trailer. That was a really great moment. He’s unfortunately passed away since then. Then there was A Great Big World’s version of I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas. And of course, Zee Avi’s version of Frosty the Snowman. Those definitely pass the test.

(This is apparently what happens when I take a break from blogging, I have far too much to say when I get back.)

So, yet again, if you have been around for a while, you know that I’ve started recording my own Christmas songs each year with some help form Matt Campana. The first year I recorded Santa Baby. The second year I recorded The Christmas Song. This year I recorded Silent Night in the style of Joan Osborne. Actually, Matt did the piano on the track, which was really cool.

Now, I’ve got to tell you. This was a weird  year to record for me. I haven’t sung consistently in over a year, and I’ve got to tell you. I could definitely feel it while recording. But we recorded a bunch of takes, drank a little beer, and everything turned out pretty well in the end. I am definitely anxious to find a place to start singing consistently again though.

So without further ado, I introduce to you, the 2016 Christmas Mix CD.

The 2016 Christmas Mix CD

  1. Rascal Flatts – Joy to the World
  2. Susan Egan – All Those Christmas Cliches
  3. Kacey Musgraves – Ribbons and Bows
  4. Amy Grant & Vince Gill – Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  5. Pentatonix – God Rest Ye Merry Genetlemen
  6. Chris Young – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  7. Aretha Franklin – Kissin’ By The Mistletoe
  8. The Girl and the Dreamcatcher – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  9. Michael Mott – Christmas, Will You Stay?
  10. Peter Hollens – December Song (A Cappella)
  11. Jordan Richmond – O Come O Come Emmanuel
  12. Leslin Odom, Jr. – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  13. Megan Hilty – The Christmas Song
  14. Zac Brown Band & Sara Bareilles – Christmas Tree
  15. Chrystina Noel – Silent Night
  16. Daniel Ellsworth & Alva Leigh – It’s Christmas, I Love You
  17. Marc Broussard – Auld Lang Syne
  18. Voctave – This Is My Wish / Let There Be Peace On Earth

If you’d like to listen to the mix you can check it out on Spotify below. Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season!!

Christmas Mix CD 2015

Chrystina Noel Handmade Christmas Cards (3)

It’s Christmas Eve. That means that in just a few hours I will be sitting down for five hours to eat five courses of food at a table with 20+ people. If you’re Italian, it’s the biggest holiday of the year. It’s tradition. Shrimp cocktail, lobster bisque, pasta with crab sauce, crabs, and then so much seafood and vegetables you don’t know what to do with yourself. (For pictures of previous years, see here and here.)

Speaking of traditions, this is the fourth year I’m sharing my annual Christmas Mix CD on the blog (click here for 2012, 2013, and 2014) – and probably the seventh year I’m actually making a CD. I love browsing through Christmas songs, new and old to find the ones that resonate with me – and will hopefully resonate with you as well.

Wishing all of you who celebrate a very Merry Christmas. May you find time to celebrate with people you love, take some time to relax and think about all of the good things that have happened in the past year, and eat some delicious food of your own. Merry Christmas!

I unfortunately had problems finding all the songs on Spotify, so I have linked to YouTube links for the videos below that I was not able to find.

01 Marc Broussard – Almost Christmas
02 Michael Buble – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
03 Idina Menzel – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
04 John Legend – Under the Stars
05 Sabrina Carpenter – Christmas the Whole Year Round
06 Amber Humphries – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
07 Dave Barnes – Very Merry Christmas
08 Marc Broussard – When Christmas Comes Along
09 Katharine McPhee – Who Would Imagine a King
10 Dave Barnes – Family Tree
11 Faith Hill – Where Are You Christmas
12 Carrie Underwood – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
13 Sara Groves – A Cradle in Bethlehem
14 Peter Hollens – Mary Did You Know?
15 Jim Brickman & Megan Hilty – Merry Christmas, Darling
16 Chrystina Noel – The Christmas Song
17 Steve Grand – All I Want For Christmas is You
18 Joan Osborne – Christmas Means Love
19 Kevin Ross – This is My Wish
20 LeAnn Rimes – Auld Lang Syne

A Song for Christmas

It’s December 22, officially 3 days until Christmas, and if you’re Italian only 2 days until the biggest holiday of the year. I hope you’ve found some time to relax in the hustle and bustle of the season and that you’ve found a way to get your entire to-do list done. I definitely still have “buy Christmas gifts” and “finalize my annual Christmas Mix CD” on my list. I have 2 days left to find all of the best songs and the best order to put them in as well as buy Christmas gifts. Plenty of time.

Last year was the first year that I recorded my own song to put on my Christmas Mix CD, Santa Baby, with the help of the wonderful Matt Campana. I had such a blast. I quickly realized that if I do this every year for the next 10 years I’ll have my own CD! (Here’s to dreaming big.) So I wanted to share this year’s Christmas Song with you this year, no pun intended.

Thanks for celebrating another year of blogging with me. I hope that you find some time this week to relax and celebrate the season – and that you manage to get your own to do list done as well. Stay tuned for my Christmas Mix CD on Thursday to continue the festive celebrations.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve 2014

Hello everyone! Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate the day – and to everyone else, I hope you’re having a lovely and relaxing Thursday. Last night we went to Aunt Mary’s house and ate 5 courses – and I think we actually managed to make it to 7 different kinds of fish, which was awesome, and delicious. And today we’re heading to Aunt Lisa’s house to do the whole thing all over again. Please don’t ask where all the food is going to go, but I’m pretty excited.

Also, to anyone who was paying attention yesterday, you may have noticed that song number 17 from my Christmas mix happens to be sung by yours truly. It was one of my goals this year to record a Christmas song and I was able to accomplish that with the help of Mr. Matt Campana. He’s pretty wonderful. The whole recording process was so much fun. I got to be fun, I got to be sexy, I got to be sassy – all rolled into one – and Matt captured it perfectly. So for your listening pleasure, please enjoy my rendition of Santa Baby.