40 Essential Christmas Albums

Classics and new entries worthy of your holiday bonus


David Sedaris, 'Holidays on Ice'

David Sedaris, Holidays on Ice
Courtesy Hachette Audio

This 2008 album is spoken-word, but just as much of a performance as any of the other albums on this list. (Sedaris, his sister Amy, and performance artist Ann Magnuson read his holiday-themed essays, such as "Dinah, the Christmas Whore.") If listening to "The Santaland Diaries," Sedaris's jaundiced story about working as an elf at Macy's, isn't one of your personal Christmas rituals, consider this is your chance to correct that error.

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