8 New Holiday Albums That Will End Mariah Carey’s Christmas Music Reign
When it comes to holiday tunes, newly single Mariah Carey is, hands down, the Queen Bee (regardless of what anyone else may say). The Christmas season doesn’t even officially kick off until we hear the first bell-fueled chords of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (AND get up all our decorations, that is), and frankly, if her seasonal reign has lasted this long (22 years and counting ), we don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon. Still, it’s always good to switch things up, and luckily, there are eight new holiday albums from some serious musical heavyweights around to help you do just that. Check out the eight you’ll definitely want to hear ASAP below!
1. LeAnn Rimes: Today Is Christmas ($8): LeAnn’s calendar might be a bit… off (we’ve got a whole month left to go before “today is Christmas,” LeAnn, sheesh!), but we totally get the sentiment of her newly released album, at any rate: We’re ready too. While there’s a few classics to choose from (“The Little Drummer Boy,” “Christmas Time Is Here,”), there’s plenty of original material, as well.
2. Train: Christmas in Tahoe ($8): With their upbeat, feel good sing-alongs on a normal given day, a Christmas album seems like the next logical step for the musical powerhouses that are Train. (In full disclosure, however, we’re slightly skeptical they can even begin to hold a candle to The Oak Ridge Boys when it comes to our absolute favorite Christmas song of all time, “O Holy Night.”). *side eye* (Photo via Gaye Gerard/Getty)
3. Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas ($18): Those with a penchant for nostalgia will appreciate Jane’s throwback to the classics of yore with jazzy delights like “Up on the Housetop” and “Hey There, Santa.”
4. Kylie Minogue: Kylie Christmas (Snow Queen Edition) ($12): It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from the Kylie that wasn’t a Jenner, but from the looks (and sounds!) of it, girl’s still got it.
5. Sarah McLachlan: Wonderland ($12): We were all too stoked to see Sarah McLachlan (a singer strongly associated with our fondest middle school memories) making her comeback atop a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and her performance of “Silver Bells” (a prelude to her new Christmas release, Wonderland), totally blew us away. We can’t wait to hear the rest!
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6. The Killers: Don’t Waste Your Wishes ($11): Though The Killers might not be the first band that comes to your mind when you think of Xmas tunes, perhaps they should be: For the past 10 years, they’ve released a Christmas single with all proceeds going to benefit The Global Fund to Fight AIDS. This year, the boys are taking it up a notch, dropping a whole album of Christmas cheer upon us in the form of Don’t Waste Your Wishes.
7. She & Him: Christmas Party ($29): Of course retro two-piece She & Him (of which Zooey Deschanel just so happens to be the “she,”) would release a classic Christmas album — and on vinyl, no less — just in time for decorating the tree (though you can also get it in the CD version for $11). Zooey, brave soul that she is, even takes on Mariah herself, performing the diva’s smash hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You” in her own adorkable, ever-so-very Zooey way.
8. Now That’s What I Call Merry Christmas ($14): We know, we know: We can’t believe this musical franchise is still around either. But here it is, in all its Christmas glory, and it’s actually a pretty good little mix, truth be told — they’ve got everything from Burl Ives’ classic “Holly Jolly Christmas” to new favorites, like Pentatonix’s “Mary Did You Know.”
What’s your favorite Christmas album? Tell us over @BritandCo.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)