Friends, I am a big holiday-season fan, and I like to listen to holiday music basically perpetually all through December. Please share your recommendations / playlists with me!

@makingarecord me too & my all time #1 is all the carols albums by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band!

@ranjit This is immediately really really nice! (One of my top ten albums of all time is Roberts and Barrand's "Dark Ships in the Night" so this is in my area for sure!)

@makingarecord #2 is The Glorious Sound of Christmas by the Philadelphia Orchestra

#3 is (this is a weird one)

@ranjit Wow, Ranjit, this is all total gold. Thanks! Also Christian Marclay! The "Clock" guy!

@makingarecord Yeah, the Clock guy! Though he didn't make that mix, but chose the artist (Vicki Bennett) who did.

@makingarecord p.s. i've been listening to your spotify playlist for the last few hours, of course with the emoji yule log on my external monitor.

@ranjit Glad you like it! The Klezmer Nutcracker thing sent me down a bit of a rabbit hole, landing approximately here:

@makingarecord oh yeah, i saw that album while searching for The Golden Dreydl, but didn't look more closely. This is awesome!

@rpcutts Nice! Some overlap, some not. I'll be listening to this today!

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