It seemed only fair to do a post about Kristin Chenoweth’s Christmas album, since I did one for Idina Menzel. A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas was released all the way back in 2008, but somehow I didn’t know about it until now. A terrible travesty, considering how lovely this album is.
All of the songs on here fall into one of two categories: either they are upbeat and peppy, like Kristin’s character Galinda in Wicked, or they are soft and mellow. Both types contribute to the holiday spirit, and there is a nice balance of the two. In the first category, we have songs like “Christmas Island,” “Sleigh Ride/Marshmallow World,” and “Come On Ring Those Bells.” The second group includes beautiful arrangements of songs like “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” and “What Child is This.” I tend to be partial to Kristin voice over Idina Menzel’s (sorry Idina) because Kristin is a master of both the chesty belt and the light, floaty head voice, and both show up throughout the album.
One of my favorite tracks is “Born On Christmas Day,” a ballad that tells the story of Christ’s birth. The lyrics express the miracle and wonder of the Lord Jesus coming to earth, and Kristin sings it with power and delicate expression at the same time.
- Day 19: Weezer – Christmas With Weezer
- Day 18: London Philharmonic – Messiah
- Day 17: She & Him – A Very She & Him Christmas
- Day 16: Straight No Chaser – Christmas Cheers
- Day 15: Point of Grace – A Christmas Story
- Day 14: The Cambridge Singers – The John Rutter Christmas Album
- Day 13: Frank Sinatra – A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra
- Day 12: Idina Menzel – Holiday Wishes
- Day 11: The Muppets – A Green and Red Christmas
- Day 10: Josh Groban – Noel
- Day 9: Michael W. Smith – Christmas
- Day 8: Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped In Red
- Day 7: Pentatonix – That’s Christmas To Me
- Day 6: Amy Grant – Home For Christmas
- Day 5: Renée Fleming – Christmas in New York
- Day 4: Neil Diamond – The Christmas Album
- Day 3: Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Day 2: Sufjan Stevens – Songs For Christmas
- Day 1: Bing Crosby – Christmas Classics