It’s Christmas Eve, so I wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Or… in the interest of being politically correct, happy whatever holiday you celebrate.

Just last week, a friend on Epinions alerted me to a great album for those who like Celtic Christmas music. Keith and Kristyn Getty are both from Belfast, Northern Ireland and they released a dynamic Christmas album in 2012. I downloaded it last week after reading befus’s excellent Epinion review.

Let me tell you, folks, the first time I listened to this album, I was very moved by the music. I actually cried! Here are a few videos someone uploaded to YouTube for those who are curious. It’s my favorite of the three new Christmas albums I’ve purchased this year. It is a religious album, naturally, so if you aren’t into religion, maybe this album is passable for you.

I think this may be the most exciting version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” I’ve ever heard. And I’m not even a Riverdance fan…

“Joy Has Dawned/Angels We Have Heard On High” is a pretty medley combining an original tune with a classic.

Here’s the breathtakingly beautiful “Magnificat (with Wexford Carol)”…

And for those who would like to see the Gettys performing “live”, here’s a video with highlights from Joy: An Irish Christmas.

I might be persuaded to go back to church if they were playing in one nearby…

I hope everyone has a peaceful holiday! I intend to spend mine listening to music, eating good food, loving my dogs, husband, and mother-in-law, and fretting about 2014. That’s just how I roll!