Every year, I get so excited about Christmas that I often start playing the holiday tunes as early as October. I know a little too soon for some, but not for me. I love getting into the holiday mood, and listening to Christmas tunes is one of my favorite ways to do so. I am especially happy to introduce It's Christmas! – a brand new CD by MercyMe, just in time for the season. Even better, I've been currently listening to the Pizza Ranch edition, which actually includes four exclusive bonus tracks!
"We are so excited to debut our new Christmas album, MercyMe, It’s Christmas!, with Pizza Ranch” said Bart Millard with MercyMe. “Pizza Ranch is a fantastic restaurant with a great mission to glorify God. It's the perfect gift to give this Christmas season and the perfect CD to get you in the Christmas spirit.”
ABOUT PIZZA RANCH:
Cultivating its mission “To give every guest a legendary experience” since its inception in 1981, Pizza Ranch connects with its communities in a way that provides bridges for friends, family and colleagues to come together. Today, Pizza Ranch is based in Orange City, Iowa and owns, operates and franchises over 190 locations in 13 states. Consistent growth has been a Pizza Ranch staple, as the brand has become a beacon of community involvement and exceptional food. The Pizza Ranch buffet features legendary pizzas, salads and desserts, and is delivered with an unmatched service quality. “We are extremely blessed to have a very close connection with our guests,” said Adrie Groeneweg, co-founder and president of Pizza Ranch. “This project extends the brand’s essence to a new dimension beyond our four walls and into their lives. It’s a new kind of way for us to relate to our loyal fans.”
Those who have been following my blog this past year may remember me mentioning Pizza Ranch's Living Hope CD, which is another awesome compilation of music by some of today's popular Christian artists. Just in time for the holidays, they are back again in collaboration with MercyMe to bring this wonderful collection of Christmas tunes.
- Christmastime Again
- Sleigh Ride
- I’ll Be Home For Christmas
- Hold On Christmas
- A Holly Jolly Christmas
- Go Tell It On The Mountain
- Do You Hear What I Hear
- Our Lullaby
- O Come, O Come
- O Holy Night (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
- Silent Night (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
- Joseph’s Lullaby (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
It's Christmas! does not disappoint! One of the many things that stood out for me was the amazing combination of traditional Christmas favorites (some with a twist), along with several new tunes. The CD encompasses a variety of tempos from slow graceful songs to modern and hip renditions of old classics. I really liked this aspect, since I always appreciate a mixed blend of both slow and upbeat holiday tracks.
I enjoyed each song on this CD, but like any collection of music, I do have a few favorites. Newborn, which is the first track on the CD, starts off with a melodic opening that actually gives me chills. The song then moves on to a compilation of timeless favorites such as Away in a Manger and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. I just love how the band mixed several songs about baby Jesus into one track, making the Newborn title truly fitting! Have a Holly Jolly Christmas has an almost big band tempo that really gets you grooving. Joy is a beautiful rendition of Joy to the World, and actually one of the best versions that I've ever heard. Our Lullaby has a sweet and soothing guitar melody that I really like. Of course, I can't forget to mention my second favorite (next to Newborn), God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. This is a bonus track on the Pizza Ranch edition and a very powerful one! It's actually very reminiscent to Carol of the Bells by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a song that I've enjoyed for as long as I can remember.
Where to Find It's Christmas!
If you live near a Pizza Ranch, you can buy the CD for only $5.00 through December 31, 2015. Purchase $25 in Pizza Ranch gift cards and you'll receive the CD for FREE! You'll also find the regular release of It's Christmas! available for sale everywhere.
It's Christmas! is actually one of of the better holiday CD's that I've heard in a long time! I can't emphasize enough how much I enjoyed this collection of songs. Even better, I'm excited to announce that I am giving readers a chance to win the new Pizza Ranch edition of MercyMe's It's Christmas! (with the four exclusive bonus tracks). One winner will be chosen for this giveaway.
Happy holidays and thank you for entering!
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