While I'm at it, I think I'll put up my list of definitive versions of Christmas songs. Here goes:
First Noel: Mario Lanza (45rpm version only, not the one on his Christmas album).
Jingle Bells: The Chipmunks
Cherry Tree Carol: Beers family
Watts Nativity: Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Mono)
O Holy Night: Mahalia Jackson
Silver Bells: Johnny Mathis
Blue Christmas: Elvis
White Christmas: Bing
This list leaves out a lot, most notably "Silent Night." That's because those songs are done well in several versions and no one version stands out as the best.
Favorite Christmas albums include ones by King's College (the early ones), Mathis, Jackson, the Chipmunks (only the one with Jingle bells is commendable), Nat King Cole and a bargain audio cassette: "Music Box Christmas." Come to think of it, there's a great CD containing songs and recitations by Hollywood stars of the 40s...I just can't think of the name.