10 New Country and Americana Christmas Songs to Hear Right Now
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Lee Ann Womack, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, and the Mavericks all released Christmas songs this season. Terry Wyatt/Getty Images, Larry Busacca/Getty Images, David A. Beloff/Getty Images

With the holiday season comes the annual return of favorite Christmas songs, not to mention those questionable ones you've happily avoided for the past 11 months (sorry, "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"). From somber traditional hymns to countless versions of "Run, Rudolph, Run" and "Little Drummer Boy," the introduction of new songs and albums into the mix is as welcome as that second shot of whiskey in an Irish coffee, if only to make the oft-repeated tunes a little more palatable. Here are 10 of this year's most satisfying new entries in the Christmas canon, with nary a reindeer-flattened senior in the bunch.