The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Specials

Christmas TV specials, limited series and movies are bigger than ever these days from now until the New Year, you’ll be able to find some festive yule-tide programming every night of the week. From the traditional viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, the different versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to baking shows and live music specials, we’ve got them all listed on the new Christmas TV Specials page. (Since not all of the networks list their specials early, this list will be updated throughout the coming weeks, so check back often for new additions!)

New Christmas Music You Need to Hear

Are you are already burned out of your Christmas music choices at home or what is available on the radio? Maybe you need a fresh new supply of CDs or MP3s. Here are five of the newest that just might fit the bill.

New Christmas music released in 2015.
Chris Tomlin: Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship
This is the #1 Christian Christmas album selling this year, but it is not your typical Christmas music. It’s a live worship concert recording with music is less traditional and more mellow. You won’t find any Santa tunes here and only a few traditional carols. Most of the music was created new and features carols intertwined. One of the more unique songs on the album is “It’s Christmas” which is mostly a version of “Away in a Manger” with a new chorus, but what makes it unique is that is has a snappy beat –something you don’t usually hear with this song. If you love Chris Tomlin and/or worship music, this is for you.

New Christmas music released in 2015.
MercyMe: It’s Christmas!
The #2 best-selling Christian Christmas album is also, in my opinion, the best. Unlike other Christmas albums where the singers just sing a sad version of “Jingle Bells” which sounds just every other version of the tune, these guys find a way to make them their own. Their version of “Sleigh Ride” is slow and relaxing, “Do You Hear What I Hear” has a more classical feel to it and “A Holly Jolly Christmas” sounds like it was recorded in a pub. It’s really fun. Their original song, “Newborn,” is hauntingly beautiful but if you want fun, the best is “Christmastime Again” which they have been singing in different appearances including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. However, because the songs are so varied, you will probably love some and not care for others, but it is still a winner.

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