In the summertime, we often encounter Instagram posts and tweets from Christian artists announcing to the world they're making a Christmas album. Way to go, artists... thanks for A) Putting a cold shiver over our bodies as we try to enjoy a day at the lake
, and B) Immediately casting doubt on the sincerity of your record since we now know it was created in the Summer
OK, we'll give you a pass for that. But then, before we've even picked out our Halloween/Harvest costume, we here at NRT have to start promoting Christmas releases. First Thanksgiving... now the Christmas mammoth has smashed its hefty tusks into autumn?
But when December finally comes, we're ready. We are excited for the inevitable crop of cover songs made with artists' distinct style. We're even more ready for heartfelt originals that punctuate new Christmas projects with focused poetic flair.
Now, being halfway through December and just over a week away from Christmas, it's time to harvest the last little bit of jolly from these artists, as we--that's NRT Executive Editor Marcus Hathcock and Founder Kevin McNeese, along with our NRT Now audience
--transform top artists' names into more holiday-appropriate monikers, as we #MakeAChristianBandAChristmasBand
. For example, the header of this article: Andy Mistletoe!
Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!
1. Jordan Feliz Navidad
He's going down to the river... because that's where the best Christmas trees grow.
2. Geoff Moore & The Discounts
Geoff Moore & The Distance
When he found Dockers for half price at Target, it was a definite home run.
3. Jamie Griswold
You LED, I'll follow.
4. Aaron Sprinkle Cookie
Best served with a bottle of pop.
5. Brandon Wreath
He's not who he was.
I got saved... and then I got really cold on this ride.
7. StocKING & COUNTRY
for KING & COUNTRY
Done opening all the presents under the tree? It's not over yet!
She sings a bit sharp this way.
9. Sugar Plumb Fairy
She preferred this to Plumb pudding.
10. Tenth Avenue North Pole
Tenth Avenue North
The struggle is real... against melting ice caps!
11. Lauren Kringle
How can it be that I don't believe you're Santa?
12. Thousand Foot Klaus
Thousand Foot Krutch
Apparently he was born this way.
13. Laura Christmas Story
God bless us, every one.
14. Britt Got Coal
Look on the bright side: Eventually, it'll be worth more than gold!