The best Christmas album you should be listening to right now

Yesterday I read some comments on another site from people who are loving the marshmallow song from the Target commercials. As in, they think that Target made up the song for their holiday ads.

Couple that with the fact that I've been playing Darlene Love's version of "Marshmallow World" and A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector on repeat like I do every Christmas season, I knew is was time to share my favorite Christmas album.

It's true, Phil Spector took a one way trip to crazy town, to say the least. Still, if you like Christmas music and you're not listening to this album, you're missing out on some sweet "wall of sound" yuletide jams. (Consider that description trademarked.)

My mom had A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector playing around the clock when I was little. I still remember '80s Christine playing in the snow singing "Marshmallow World." Now my kids dance around the kitchen to the same song.

We actually dance around to every song on this album. You just can't help it. Even if you're not that into Christmas music I guarantee you'll sneak in a wiggle.

I always wished I had a powerful singing voice just like Darlene Love. Well, guess what, friends? When I play this song, I sing it as loud as I can and I sound just like her. (A little imagination and a glass of wine go a long way.)

Several months ago, Lilia found out that, ahem, Santa lives closer than she previously thought. It started with her sitting me at a table, holding a light over my face and shooting off questions about the tooth fairy. It all went downhill from there.

I noticed that ever since that debacle, she has been in love with "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." I haven't asked her why, but I think it's because she feels like she's finally in on it. I also think she gets a kick out of her parents kissing under the Christmas tree even though she'll deny it.

So many more great songs, but I'll leave you with this one.

Now here's where I'll throw you for a loop. A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector is my favorite Christmas album, but it doesn't actually contain my all time favorite Christmas song.

That title goes to "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra. (A close runner up for my favorite Christmas album. If I could only have two, these would be it.)

Once you're settled down from dancing to the previous songs, it's time to relax by a Christmas tree/fireplace/Christmas lights/window and listen to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

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