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Holiday music in the air

If you’re a Christmas music lover, ACPL can help with your holiday listening needs.  From secular to sacred, from classic to contemporary, we have a wide array of Christmas music available in two different formats.   You can borrow CDs from the Main Library or any of our 13 branch locations.  You can also download music from home for free using your ACPL library card and Freegal.  Freegal allows the download of five songs per week, so if you begin now, you can have a great playlist built up by Christmas day.  Different selections are available via the two different formats, so be sure to check both options if you’re having trouble finding your favorite song.  Here are some favorites:

Cover image for A Charlie Brown Christmas [sound recording]A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio (On CD)

 

 

 

 

Cover image for Christmas collection [sound recording]Christmas Collection by The Jackson 5 (On CD)

 

 

 

 

Cover image for O holy night [sound recording] : Christmas favoritesO Holy Night: Christmas Favorites by David Phelps (On CD)

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Cover image for Noel [sound recording]Noel by Josh Groban (On CD)

 

 

 

 

Cover image for Heavenly Christmas [sound recording]Heavenly Christmas by Jackie Evancho (On CD)

 

 

 

 

Cover image for Christmas In New York [sound recording]Christmas in New York by Renee Felming (On CD)

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Cover image for What a wonderful time [sound recording]What a Wonderful Time by Yolanda Adams (On CD)

 

 

 

 

Cover image for Holiday wishes [sound recording]Holiday Wishes by Idina Menzel (On CD)

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Cover image for One wish [sound recording] : the holiday albumOne Wish by Whitney Houston (On CD)

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas in Rock by Elvis Presley (Via Freegal)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Joy in Latvia by The New York Latvian Concert Choir (Via Freegal)

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas with Soul by James Brown (Via Freegal)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wrapped in Red by Kelly Clarkson (Via Freegal)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Music Box Christmas by Rita Ford (Via Freegal)

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In seventh grade, I played Scrooge in the school musical. I still relate to that role, mostly because of how much the Christmas season is displaying love and faith through money and competition and stress. (And I do mean Christmas. I fancy myself as old school PC, but the issue isn’t about Hanukkah or Kwanza or anything else in the “holiday season.” Christmas alone is the dominant event in American religious, familial and commercial culture.)

OK, now that you have received my wisdom, here are some books about Christmas stress from people who have given a lot more thought about the subject.

Christmas Sucks: What to Do When Fruitcake, Family, and Finding the Perfect Gift Makes You Miserable by Joanne Kimes. Please note that this book is written by a woman. I suspect many women who bear the burden of making everything Christmas cheery in their families sometimes buckle under the load. Kimes uses humor to make her points, but humor is often a response to stress.

A Simple Christmas: A Faith-Filled Guide to a Meaningful and Stress-Free Christmas by Sharon Hanby-Robie recognizes how stress can lessen Christmas joy and offers ways to keep attuned to the fundamental spirit of the season. If you are a believer but still feel the “holiday blues,” this may be the book for you.

Back to humor, Ann Hodgman offers it in I Saw Mommy Kicking Santa Claus: The Ultimate Holiday Survival Guide. She uses laughs to assure you that you are not alone in your Christmas crises and then offers advice on such universal needs as how to realize that there can be too many Christmas traditions for one person to handle.

And finally, there’s Elaine St. James’s practical Simplify Your Christmas: 100 Ways to Reduce the Stress and Recapture the Joy of the Holidays. The book is divided into 11 sections, ranging from “Dismantling Christmas Past” to “Gift Giving” and “Cooking the Goose.” The 100 short chapters include such specifics as “Teach Your Kids to Give” and “Turn Off TV News During Christmas Week.”

Even if by the time you read this on Black Friday morning you’ve already “saved” $200 by spending $400, there’s still time to step back and make sure you create the Christmas season you really want, and not just what others say you should have.

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