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My Favorite New Christmas Albums

It’s December and that means Christmas music filling the air. It also means a plethora of new holiday albums to choose from – ranging from the awe-full to the awful. Here are my favorite new Christmas albums this year.

Advent Christmas EP, Vol. 2 by Future of Forestry. Led by lead singer Eric Owyoung, FOF’s offering is an eclectic mix of electronic, symphonic, and rock which effortlessly blends into a beautiful collection of holiday songs. Technically, this isn’t a ‘new’ album since it debuted in 2010, but I only recently discovered it – so it counts. It also contains my favorite song this Christmas: The Earth Stood Still. Haunting. Evocative. Stunning.



Come Let Us Adore Him by The Lower Lights. This is where folk meets bluegrass and the product is one of the most unique carol arrangements you can find. Think of it as where “O Brother Where Art Thou” meets Christmas. It’s Old World good. Also, don’t let their Mormon-background keep you away from the music (think of it as ironic). The songs are traditional and their talent is undeniable.



A Child Is Born by Sojourn. Sojourn is one of the few churches who produce some of the finest music around. An oft-heard critique of their music is that in striving for artistry they tend to produce songs that are easy to listen to but hard to sing corporately, which is a critical component of congregational music. I think it a fair observation. It holds true for this album as well, one more performance than participatory. But if you want a Christmas album with a fantastic folk-rock, indie-esque sound, look no further than A Child Is Born.

These are the new albums to go into heavy rotation with my other Christmas standards:

What would you add?

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Dr. Yancey C. Arrington is an eighth generation Texan, Acts 29 Network and Houston Church Planting Network fan, and Teaching Pastor at Clear Creek Community Church in the Bay Area of Houston. He is also author of Preaching That Moves People and TAP: Defeating the Sins That Defeat You, and periodically writes for Acts 29 and The Gospel Coalition.

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