Somewhere along the line, Old Saint Nick sent out a memo to all country stars titled "2016 is the Year of the Christmas Album." From veteran acts like Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire to relative newcomers Kacey Musgraves and Brett Eldredge, artists are giving holiday classics their own spins, tinseled-flourishes and admirable snow-globe attempts at capturing the season's heart with full-length releases. Some will dazzle brighter than the star atop your evergreen and others will undoubtedly fade faster than a busted string of colorful lights. Above all, however, we should all feel a little bit warmer and a tad fuzzier this Christmas season.
Need a crash course on this year's must-hear Christmas albums? AXS.com has you covered on all the well-packaged essentials below. Read on for a snappy breakdown on all your favorite artists and their forays into egg-nog affair.