Is now too early? If you could have asked my Grandmother Jones, she’d have said, “We need Christmas music all year round!”

The department stores certainly think that holiday time is now! They’ve already got the winter jackets and gloves and all of the peppermint mocha and pumpkin spice flavoring you could ever want or need!

I recently received digital copies of the new Christmas 2012 releases from Blake Shelton and Scotty McCreery. One random workday as I was listening to Blake’s “Cheers, It’s Christmas”, a co-worker walked by my office and shuttered at the sounds of Christmas music in mid-October. So, Monk being Monk, I went on a tear to find all the Christmas music I could and proceeded to crank up my computer speakers and enjoy myself! I ask myself, could I handle an around the clock barrage of Christmas music already? I probably couldn’t but the holiday season makes me happy and the music is a big part of that.

Here’s a breakdown of some of my favorites that day and a few new ones for you to check out.

It’s not officially Christmas until I hear these…

Monk’s all-time favs:

  1. Elvis “Blue Christmas”
  2. Alan Jackson “Honky Tonk Christmas”
  3. Jose Feliciano “Feliz Navidad”
  4. Alabama “Christmas In Dixie”
  5. Jeff Foxworthy “Redneck 12 Days of Christmas”


My favorite stand out tracks on Blake’s new release would have to be “Blue Christmas” a duet with Pistol Annies and “There’s a New Kid in Town” with Kelly Clarkson. Check it out for yourself at

You might also want to give “Merry Christmas Baby” a try. It’s from the disc ‘Christmas in the Sand’ by Colbie Caillat and features Brad Paisley. Don’t be a Scrooge and get in on the holiday spirit early! Merry Christmas!