The Very Best of Celtic Christmas / Cold Blow These Winter Winds

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The Very Best of Celtic Christmas

(Windham Hill)

Cold Blow These Winter Winds

(Green Linnet)

What distinguishes Celtic Christmas music collections is the opportunity to hear and enjoy the season's music that isn't beaten senseless by overexposure. Celtic Christmas offers 19 light-as-snowflakes favorites like "Lullay Lullay" and "The Wexford Carol" from their annual collections, but consider Cold Blow These Winter Winds, cut live in Edinburgh. Its inclusion of the Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" and "Christmas in Prison" alongside the sacred "Christ Child's Lullaby" is cheeky and charming.

(Both) ***

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