Day 1 – 12 Songs For Christmas

You know how last Saturday we asked all of you to give us the Christmas albums you were rocking out to this Holiday season? That was partly selfish in an “I’m too lazy to peruse iTunes” kind of way but also partly a bit of foreshadowing for today.

See, we were going to just wrap up a nice little iTunes gift card to our winner but who puts “iTunes gift card” in their Christmas gift guide? I’m actually raising my hand right now because I love getting iTunes gift cards for Christmas, but, seriously, how dull is that? Incidentally I’m typing this one-handed because I’m still raising my hand.

Anyway, instead of boring you with a gift card we decided to put together a little 12-song 2010 Christmas music guide (descriptions by Jen) to go with your egg nog spiced cinnamon caramel whole milk latte (those are real, right?). To win our album (we have an album!) all you need to do is write your favorite season (spring, summer, fall, winter) in the comments below and we’ll pick a winner Friday. The playlist will be delivered to the winner’s inbox Friday morning to be enjoyed all weekend. Without further ado…

2010 Christmas Music Guide

  1. Snowfall by Ingrid Michaelson – A cute and predictable Ingrid song oozing with wintry goodness.
  2. Christmas Lights by Coldplay – We know this is probably hitting the airwaves like crazy, but there’s a reason. And to think I used to hate Coldplay.
  3. O Tannenbaum by Vince Gaurauldi Trio – Every time I hear this I can taste the egg nog and see us dancing a little ditty in our apartment together. We’ve never actually done that, but a girl can dream, right?
  4. Cool Yule by Louis Armstrong – I love this song so much I actually played it at our wedding in the middle of June. Christmas and Louis Armstrong are celebrated all year in my heart.
  5. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm by Judy Garland – I also played this one at our wedding. Even if it was 105 degrees out. The warmth of love is so abstract anyway.
  6. Christmas Tonight by Dave Barnes– Our favorite Dave Barnes song on the Christmas album (thanks to all the reader suggestions!)
  7. Sleigh Ride by Harry Connick, Jr. – From one of my favorite Christmas albums of all time.
  8. Winter Song by Sarah Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson – Two of my all-time favorites collaborate to accidentally perform a song about Jesus. He’s always sneaking himself into the strangest places.
  9. Winterlove by Parachute – One of Kyle’s new favorites.
  10. Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow by Michael Buble – A classic at our house.
  11. Happy Xmas by John Lennon – Johnny from the good years. I think this song is the longest-lived war protest in history.
  12. Auld Lang Syne by Ben Rector – A little something to wrap up the playlist and your 2010. Our goal is for all the world to sing Auld Lang Syne by heart, though it may not happen until 2012.

And technically everybody wins because here are a couple of free Christmas downloads we highly recommend:

Tracks in the Snow and O Come O Come Emmanuel by The Civil Wars

Giveaway is open until 11:59 CST Thursday evening. If for some reason you hate music come back Friday for a new giveaway.

PS: Big thank you to all of you who helped us create our 1st giveaway.

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