Of all the “trappings” of Christmas, beautiful Christmas music is what really gets me in the spirit. I love music and I’ve been blessed with a musical family who all love music as much as I do (and who are much more talented at performing than I). It’s only December 7th and we’ve already been to two concerts with at least a half-dozen more on the schedule.

Today I decided to share a few of my Christmas favorites with you — just in case you need a little help getting in the Christmas spirit.

So turn your speakers up and and let’s get some Christmas spirit going today.

This first one has been a favorite of mine for years. I am a flutist and have been playing the flute for nearly 40 years now, though I don’t get to play as often as I used to since my very talented youngest daughter has now somehow managed to acquire both of my flutes. Anyway, I was privileged to see James Galway in concert some 20 years ago or so in San Diego and he has always been one of my favorite artists. This version of Silent Night is so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes when I hear Sir James on his flute.

Next up is the Piano Guys. If you haven’t heard of them (what rock are you living under?), you definitely to check them out. I had a hard time choosing a favorite from their Christmas songs, but this version of “O Come, Emamanuel” is both visually and musically stunning.

Because the teenage music lovers at my house tell me that Christmas  is not Christmas without their favorite violinist, here is a fun piece by Lindsey Stirling called “Celtic Carol.”

Santa is a very special part of Christmas at the Leslie home. If you don’t know the real story of Santa, you can read it here. And you’ll understand why it touched my heart so when my middle daughter asked one year for a bell for Christmas. Because we still believe, I love this theme song from The Polar Express. And it doesn’t hurt any that one of my favorite vocalists, Josh Groban, sings it.

There are few Christmas songs that capture the beauty and significance of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ as well as “O Holy Night.” This version by Celtic Woman is another favorite of mine.

And because for me Christmas is not Christmas until I’ve heard Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang sing my very favorite carol, “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.”

Do you have a favorite Christmas song? Please share it in the comment section below–and if you have a link to a favorite Christmas video, please share that too (remember, this is a family-friendly site).

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