Working for years as a bookstore manager wore away my tolerance for holiday music, but here are my favorite holiday CDs:
Oh yeah, baby--I want your Christmas Kisses.
I love the Baroque, and I love The Messiah, and in particular I love this Solti version. They jam "All We Like Sheep."
Not technically a Xmas album of course, but Duke Ellington's take on The Nutcracker gets me in the spirit.
Everything John Eliot Gardiner does is amazing, and his interpretations of J.S. Bach using period instruments and a quick tempo I find particularly engaging.