And so, in no particular order, and some choice tracks:
1) A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi
"Linus & Lucy"
2) Barenaked for the Holidays - Barenaked Ladies
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (feat. Sarah McLachlan)
3) Joy - A Holiday Collection - Jewel
4) The Christmas Song - Nat "King" Cole
"O Come All Ye Faithful"
5) Pretty Paper - Willie Nelson
6) Christmas Island - Leon Redbone
7) Have a Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives
"Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer"
8) White Christmas - Bing Crosby
9) A New Thought For Christmas - Melissa Etheridge
"Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)"
10) Christmas in the Heart - Bob Dylan
"Do You Hear What I Hear?"
"The first couple of songs, I thought were horrible but fascinating. Then it grew on me." - My mother's review.
My Favorite Christmas Song (not on any of the albums):
"Little Drummer Boy" - Bing Crosby & David Bowie
There are a couple of other albums I consider essential. Unfortunately, one of them is a Victorian Christmas cd and the other is a Japanese Christmas cd I picked up one year, and I can't track down either of them. So I can't tell you what they are. Sorry about that.