We love Christmas music at the Jarms’ house. Every year we look for a new album to keep our worship lively and new. This year’s theme is life in the ‘already-but-not-yet’ state of the Christian Faith. Christians feel three powerful currents in their souls—joy, groaning, and anticipation. Joy, because of what Christ accomplished at his first coming. Groaning, because sin and death is still present. Anticipation, because He promised to return to right all wrongs and reign on earth.
It is medicine for the soul for Christians to stock up Christmas music that expresses joy, groaning, and anticipation. Here are five albums and contemporary genres that could help you make a soul balancing collection.
If you are going to buy just one, this is it. This is an album you may play all year. Some classic covers, but Who Would Have Dreamed and The Unbelievable will leave you longing to see our Savior face to face.
This energetic indie band captures the tension of exuberant joy, wonder and awe with classics like Come, O Come Immanuel and their new Christmas worship song Come and Stand in Awe.
This live album with a pop feel features Lauren Daigle in the beautiful new song He Shall Reign Forevermore, Keith and Kristyn Getty leading a classic version of Silent Night and more.
Here is our album for the eclectic music lover. Seattle based artists cover several classics with joyful longing and awe. All Glory be to Christ written by Dustin Kensrue has made it into new hymnals and Ghost’s Ship’s cover of What Child is This will leave you stilled by wonder.
If you need your Celtic Christmas fix, get this one. The Getty’s deliver on beautiful songs for the full Christian life. A Mother’s Prayer and O Children Come bring you to Christ and cause you to long for him more.