Without the sounds of Celtic Christmas music, it would be hard for me to embrace the Christmas spirit
My husband and I started exchanging Celtic Christmas music before we got married.
It became a Christmas tradition and now we give each other at least one Irish or Celtic Christmas Music CD every year.
Needless to say, we've accumulated quite a collection!
One of the most exciting things about it is that I'd have the pleasure of hearing a new Christmas song for the first time.
Actually, sometimes that was a good thing and sometimes not. Some CDs were just more enjoyable than others. I liked some because they had many familiar Christmas carols performed with the distinguishing sound of Irish and Celtic music that I loved so much. Others mesmerized me with the sound of the music as a whole...it was unfamiliar and yet comforting...soothing...inspiring. Like the way I felt the first time I experienced "Riverdance".
In time, it was easy to choose my favorite Celtic Christmas music. So allow me the honor of sharing my favorite Celtic Christmas CDs with you. Hopefully, it will inspire you to start your own tradition with your loved one...
My favorite Irish and Celtic Christmas Music:
The Windham Hill Series
With so many to choose from...all of them exquisite and outstanding choices, any one of them could be your #1 favorite!
"Celtic Christmas", rated 5 stars by Amazon customer reviews. My favorite track on this one is "Snow", by Loreena McKennitt. Like many of my favorite Celtic Christmas CDs, this one is soothing and beautiful any time of the year. But if you're looking for traditional Christmas carols, this is not the CD for you.
"A Celtic Christmas: Peace on Earth". Rated 4.5 stars by Amazon customers. This CD includes the traditional Irish carol, "The Flight into Egypt", and showcases the versatile talents of producer Micheal O'Domhnaill's group Nightnoise.
"Celtic Christmas II", rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by Amazon customer reviews and featuring the traditional Irish Christmas carol, "The Wexford Carol", performed by James Galway. This CD also features two of my favorite Celtic music groups, Nightnoise and Aine Minogue.
"Celtic Christmas III", also rated 5 stars by Amazon customer reviews and featuring the traditional Irish Christmas carol, "The Wexford Carol", performed by David Downes.
"Celtic Christmas IV", rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by Amazon customer reviews and featuring the traditional Irish Christmas carol, "The Wexford Carol", performed by David Downes. American musicians chime in on this one. Listen for Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler and country music singer Ricky Skaggs.
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Other Celtic Christmas Music Collections
"Irish Christmas" by Craig Duncan. This CD features one of my favorite Christmas carols, "The First Noel", as well as two of the most beloved traditional Irish Christmas carols: "I Saw Three Ships" and "The Wexford Carol".
"Narada Presents: The Best of Celtic Christmas", featuring one of my favorite Christmas carols, "Silent Night", performed by William Jackson, and the treasured Irish Christmas carol, "I Saw Three Ships", performed by Maddy Prior. Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Amazon customer reviews.
"On Christmas Night" by Cherish The Ladies. This CD was rated 5 out of 5 stars by Amazon customer reviews and features 2 of my most cherished Christmas carols, "O' Holy Night" and "Silent Night".
"The Very Best of Celtic Christmas", rated 4 out of 5 stars by Amazon customers and featuring the traditional Irish Christmas carol, "The Wexford Carol", performed by David Agnew.
"Irish Christmas Lullaby" by Kim Robertson. Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Amazon customer reviews and featuring three of my all-time favorite Christmas carols: "The Holly and the Ivy", "The First Noël", and "Silent Night"...but with that transcendental Celtic sound. This turned out to be one of our daughter's favorite CD's to go to sleep by.
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So, there your have it. My Top 10 most beloved Celtic Christmas music collections. Nothing fills my home with Irish Christmas cheer better than the sounds of Irish and Celtic Christmas music
Start a new tradition in with your loved one this year. Exchange Irish or Celtic Christmas music. It's not only a spirited way to strengthen your bond over the holidays...the music is often quite romantic as well!
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