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A holiday giveaway: Free Christmas CDs!

[We have our winner! Congrats to Kim Winston, who was randomly selected to win the pack of Christmas CDs. Thanks for sharing your favorite songs, and, as always,thanks for playing and reading. I should have some more fun stuff to give away before the end of the year.

Happy holidays!


Recently, I wrote about some new Christmas albums out this holiday season.

WinnieThePooh_ChristmasToo_new1One of the blessing/curse scenarios of writing about music is that CDs tend to accumulate (yeah, I do the digital thing, but I still prefer to pop an old-fashioned CD in my car or stereo), and as the holidays bulldoze toward us, I’ve found myself with a few extras.

So I’m going to make like Santa Claus and give away a three-pack of Christmas CDs to one reader (the package will contain The Beach Boys’ “Christmas Harmonies,” Lady Antebellum’s “On This Winter’s Night” and Chicago’s double-disc, “Ultimate Christmas Collection”).

All you need to do to potentially win is leave a comment here and tell me your favorite Christmas song/album. We’ll randomly select a winner by 3 p.m. Wednesday and get the CDs in the mail ASAP so you can enjoy them for the holiday weekend.

Good luck!

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene

47 comments Add your comment


December 18th, 2012
2:32 pm

Always have loved Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” As a child of the 80s, that song really resonated with me and restarted the trend of artists trying to make a difference in the world.


December 18th, 2012
2:37 pm

David Archuletta – Christmas from the Heart


December 18th, 2012
2:38 pm

Sleigh Ride has always been my favorite Christmas song (even though it doesn’t actually mention Christmas).


December 18th, 2012
2:40 pm

I have always love Silent Night. It is a very beautiful and moving song. My mother loved the Little Drummer Boy. That too is a beautiful song. All Christmas songs are wonderful.Some give us reason to reflect on life in general. Christmas is about giving and thinking about our Lord.


December 18th, 2012
2:43 pm

Step Into Christmas-Elton John

Barbara Eward

December 18th, 2012
2:45 pm

Manhattan Transfer’s album “The Christmas Album”. I really like A Christmas Love Song and Goodnight from this album, but all of the traditional songs are great too.


December 18th, 2012
2:46 pm

Elvis Presley- Blue Christmas!


December 18th, 2012
2:46 pm

“Is Zat You, Santa Claus?” by Louis Armstrong


December 18th, 2012
2:52 pm

Years ago, Mannheim Steamroller sped up ad expanded Carol of the Bells. Many artists have followed suit. It’s now my favorite. It used to be The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole, which has now moved to my #2.

John M Edwards

December 18th, 2012
2:56 pm

Christmas songs I have enjoyed over the years are: Silent Night sung by Mahalia Jackson,
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire sung by Natalie Cole, The Temptations Christmas Album, and O’ Come All Ye Faithful is one of my favorites to sing with a group of carolers.

John M Edwards

December 18th, 2012
2:58 pm

On my comment above, I stated Natalie Cole as the singer of Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire, but I actually meant her father, Nat King Cole.

Carol T

December 18th, 2012
3:01 pm

I LOVE Christmas music and everything about Christmas. I wear a different Christmas Sweater everyday from Dec 1-Dec 25th and cannot wait for the radio staions to play all Chrsitmas music. Country is my favorite and Lady A is amazing!!! My favorite is O’ Come All ye Faithful


December 18th, 2012
3:03 pm

Christmas songs may come and go, but the best ever is Elvis Blue Christmas. If I want to move up to semi modern day, Alabama’s Christmas Memories is my sentimental favorite.

Chuck C

December 18th, 2012
3:04 pm

How ’bout Bing Crosby and David Bowie’s duet of ‘the Little Drummer Boy’ ?


December 18th, 2012
3:05 pm

Pogues, “Fairytale of New York,” because nothing says Merry Christmas like singing, “You’re an old slut on junk.”

FM Fats

December 18th, 2012
3:13 pm

Here Comes Fatty Claus by Rudolph and the Gang.


December 18th, 2012
3:20 pm

Love Christmas Music on CDs


December 18th, 2012
3:20 pm

One of my favorites is ” I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”, performed by Gayla Peevey and the legend behind the song.


December 18th, 2012
3:27 pm

Dwight Yoakam, “Come on Christmas.” Swingin’ version of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and funny novelty tune in “Santa Can’t Stay.”


December 18th, 2012
3:31 pm

My three favorite songs are:

The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
Where Are You Christmas – Faith Hill
Christmas in Dixie – Alabama


December 18th, 2012
3:43 pm

One of my favorite songs is Carol of the Bells. I also love Christmas in Dixie. I love the Oak RIdge Boys song Thank God for Kids. I know they would always play this around Christmas in Mississippi where i grew up. I also like the Chrismakuh CD from the OC TV show.

Kim Winston

December 18th, 2012
3:50 pm

Once I hear the “Charlie Brown Christmas” CD, it’s officially Christmas, but I love, love, LOVE Harry Connick, Jr.’s “When My Heart Finds Christmas”.


December 18th, 2012
3:53 pm

Coming Home from Sugarland’s “Gold and Green” album


December 18th, 2012
3:54 pm

Best Christmas song ever is Little Drummer Boy with Bing Crosby and David Bowie. Classic meets eclectic in harmony!


December 18th, 2012
4:00 pm

I vividly remember taking a look at the original “A Very Special Christmas” cassette at Cumberland Mall’s Camelot Music in late October 1987, just because the Keith Haring artwork grabbed my attention. Once I saw the talent involved (U2, Run-DMC, Pretenders, Springsteen), I was sold. That tape was worn out by Christmas 1987. This will always be my favorite Christmas album.

Karin A

December 18th, 2012
4:04 pm

I like White Christmas by Bing Crosby.


December 18th, 2012
4:04 pm

Strange Way to Save the World by 4HIM

Tracie Anderson

December 18th, 2012
4:08 pm

I always like Luther Vandross “This Is Christmas CD”.

Purple Fan

December 18th, 2012
4:08 pm

My favorite Christmas song of all time has to be; I Farted on Santa’s Lap (Now Christmas is Gonna Stink for Me) by the Little Stinkers. Look it up on iTunes; it is so funny it even makes Scrooge laugh!!!

david c

December 18th, 2012
4:12 pm


December 18th, 2012
4:14 pm

growing up I had to hear the entire “Snoopy’s Christmas” Album on the first day of christmas vacation. now a great jazzy/bluesy Christmas CD from a clothing store in the mid 90’s. wonderful versions of Zat you santa Claus, Waitin for the man with the bag, and Santa Baby by Ertha Kit.

Sandy K

December 18th, 2012
4:19 pm

Any album of Josh Grobins is great!

Wendy Alfelor

December 18th, 2012
4:25 pm

Mariah Carey “All I want for Christmas is you”

Bob Ross

December 18th, 2012
4:26 pm

Blue Christmas, bya bya bya Porky Pig


December 18th, 2012
4:36 pm

I have a crate full of nothing but Christmas CDs. Like Carol T, I wear different holiday shirts from Thanksgiving until Christmas, but I’m hard pressed to pick just one favorite Christmas song – there are just so many! I LOVE Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller, but the classics are great too!

Melissa Ruggieri

December 18th, 2012
4:37 pm

Jeremy – You had to mention Camelot Music! Man, I spent hours of my teenage years rummaging around Camelot in Fort Lauderdale (and Peaches – not sure if you had them here). The days of dozens of record stores…

Thanks, everyone, for your great comments. Keep ‘em coming. We’re not picking a winner until Wednesday.


Joe B.

December 18th, 2012
4:56 pm

Alvin and the Chipmunks – The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late), from Christmas With The Chipmunks CD

Jill P

December 18th, 2012
5:13 pm

Hands down for me, its the Carpenters Christmas album. There’s just something about Karen’s velvety smooth voice wrapped around Richard’s lush arrangements that just speaks Christmas to me.


December 18th, 2012
5:35 pm

N’Sync’s Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays always tops my list!


December 18th, 2012
7:51 pm

Elvis Christmas album, happy holidays and thanks for the giveaway.

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Jenna Parsons

December 18th, 2012
10:03 pm

Micheal Buble’s Christmas album is my absolute favorite! I LOVE Christmas music!!!

Warren Smith

December 18th, 2012
11:15 pm

BarlowGirl Home for Christmas. Love the harmonies. Favorite song on this album would have to be Hallelujah (The Light Has Come).



December 19th, 2012
7:02 am

“Another Lonely Christmas” – Prince

Christmas Cheer

December 19th, 2012
9:45 am

“Charlie Brown Christmas” by Vince Guaraldi.


December 19th, 2012
12:34 pm

Hard Candy Christmas -Dolly Parton

Daniel M

December 20th, 2012
1:30 pm

carol of the bells is my fav christmas song