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Yes, its a little early but with the start of the holiday season coming, I always amaze myself with how much money I go out and spend on 3-6 new Christmas discs of music.


Yet, I often find myself returning to a few of these generic compilation discs of mostly traditional material I already owned. The irony is some of them were just randomly accquired discs in those impulse buys of those 2-4 disc generic compilation you grab off the rack after a quick glance hoping they are as good as the packaging suggests. You often find a real gem once in a while of some orchestras/symphonies doing really great performances of the traditional material or some female vocalist who did a disc and for some reason her intpretations just really shine.


I have lent out or lost a few over the years and spent many an hour shopping/browsing to try to replace them. Several are suspected kidnap victims to various family members who seem to have the disc but no box or cover,while I still have the disc box but they "swear"its their original pruchase copy,lol.


I am going to pick a few out of my shelf of 40 or so(accquired over a lifetime) or so and post them here and thought we chould share what we thought was the best of the rich cheerful holiday music out there with each other.


I grabbed this handfull off the shelf that always make it into the player each year before I start looking for others.


SleighRide- from the Classic Christmas Favorites Series of discs they put out

A Winter's Solstice V - Windham Hill Artists

In The Nutcracker Mood - Glenn Miller Orchestra

Christmas Through Your Eyes - Gloria Estefan

Christmas In The Mood (Boxed Set of 4) - Glenn Miller Orchestra

Vienna Boys Choir -Christmas Favorites

Barbara Streisand - A Christmas Album

Carpenters - Christmas Portrait


A note on the Winters Solstice V disc, they put an entire series of instrumentals on discs ( there are at least Vol I.- VIII )and some of them are more mood pieces than traditional Christmas songs but guests love them and request them every year when they visit.
 

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Manhattan Transfer - The Christmas Album

Take 6 - We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Gary Morris - Every Christmas "Silent Night" & "We Three Kings"

The Nylons - Harmony - The Christmas Songs - "Carol of the Bells"(incredible!)

Robert Shaw - The Many Moods Of Christmas

The Boston Pops (Keith Lockhart) - Holiday Pops

Barry Manilow - Because It's Christmas - "Jingle Bells" in particular

Andy Williams - "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"(on many compilations)


A fun thread. I sing in a Victorian Caroling group during the season, so I really love my Christmas music! There's tons more I play a lot, but these are on the top.
 

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The Xmas DVDs are: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol, National Lampoons, It's a Wonderful Life, White Christmas. and some others I can't remember. Unfortunetly most of those I only have the standard version :( But of course It's A wonderful Life's OAR is 1:1.33 anyways...
 

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Nat King Cole: "A Christmas Song"

Harry Connick Jr: "When My Heart Finds Christmas"
 

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Christmas DVDs


1) Its a wonderful life

2) A Christmas story

3) Christmas Vacation

4) Home Alone

5) A muppets christmas carol

6) Rudolph the red nosed raindeer

7) Miracle on 34th Street

8) Frosty the snowman
 

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Favorite Movies

It's A Wonderful Life

A Christmas Story

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

Santa Clause is Coming to Town

The Year Without a Santa Clause (Just love that Heat Miser Song)


Favortite CDs

Motown Christmas

Time & Life Chrismas Collection.
 

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Always have to watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. The squirrel sceen always cracks me up. Another favorite is Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. I watch it around Halloween and it rings in the holiday season for me, albeit a bit early.....
 

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CDs

Nat King Cole -- The Christmas Song

Anne Murray -- Christmas Wishes

Christmas with the Chipmunks I


Movies

It's a Wonderful Life

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated, Karloff narrating)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

White Christmas


and, in honor of my friend in Texas: Die Hard :)
 

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I'm having a big christmas party the first weekend in december. I plan to show off my new home theater. I need to find the best christmas dvd, (movie or christmas music concert) that would show off my theater.


Christmas Vacation looks too grainy. The Grinch looks kind of grainy too. Santa Claus 2 looks real good. It's a Wonderful Life is great but in B&W. I'm curious if anyone has a "real reference" list for chistmas movies or concert dvd that would really shine.

Greg
 

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CD = A Charlie Brown Christmas SACD (hands down!)


DVD = Home Alone
 

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Oh man, you have A Charlie Brown Christmas in SACD?!! I've been trying to track down a copy of that. I'm trying HARD not to put the regular CD of that in yet.
 

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Greg,

I have Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Extraordinaire music DVD - It's pretty cool. I forgot to mention my favorite Movie - White Christmas!
 

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Christmas CDs that get the most use in my player:


The Carpenters: Christmas Portrait

A Christmas Gift For You (Phil Spector's Xmas Cd w/Crystals, Ronettes, etc)

Barry Manilow: Because It's Christmas

Christmas Through Your Eyes: Gloria Estefan

The Beach Boy's Christmas Album

Chipmunks Christmas, Vol I & II


and my current favorite, The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Boogie Woogie Christmas


As for DVDs, these are all must see for me:


Home Alone I & II

Scrooged

It's a Wonderful Life

A Charlie Brown Christmas

The Christmas Story

Christmas Vacation

Jingle All The Way

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Year Without Santa Claus

Miricle On 34th Street

The Santa Clause

Ernest Saves Christmas
 

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Greg,

I have Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Extraordinaire music DVD - It's pretty cool. I forgot to mention my favorite Movie - White Christmas!
Pam,

Is the Christmas Extraordinaire a DVD-A or DVD-video ? On Amazon it looks like just a audio version.

Thanks,

Greg
 

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I tried to pass DIE HARD as a holiday movie the other night, but the wife wasn't falling for that one!:D
 
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