As someone who spends most of the year as what could be referred to as a “Shabbos Goy,” I may be the perfect audience for offerings to the Christmas canon by members of the Tribe. There is, of course, the monumental “White Christmas” penned by Irving Berlin, but throughout the years many Jewish performers have recorded their own Christmas albums for enthusiastic audiences. Here’s a rundown of the best, the weirdest, and the most surprising.
Neil Diamond — “Little Drummer Boy”
As a nine-year-old who spent a lot of time watching Neil Diamond’s somewhat bizarre Christmas special, it took me a few years to come to terms with his holiday music. But over time, he wore me down and made me a fan. He did record three Christmas albums, after all.