Essential Christmas Albums

The Best Music for the Best Season

Annunciation to the Shepherds, Master of the Houghton Miniatures, 15th century

True confession: I own over forty Christmas CDs. That may seem excessive to some; this I acknowledge. Whenever I feel tempted to judge someone for a shoe fetish or other acquisitive hobby, I remember my drawer of Christmas CDs and realize that I live in a glass house. I’d be hard pressed to give up any of my CDs, but if forced at knife point, I would whittle the collection down to…