When it comes to holiday music, this most wonderful time of the year is a veritable oversized stocking stuffed with a dizzying array of choices.

So, picking the five best holiday albums of all time would be a herculean task. After all, do you give the nod to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” or the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas”? Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper,” or the Godfather of Soul’s “James Brown’s Funky Christmas”? The Carpenters’ “Christmas Collection,” or Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas”?

(OK, so some choices are easier than others.)

Still, choosing from such a huge heap o’ albums is nigh unto impossible.

As a result, we decided to narrow the focus a bit with our own version of the “Shop local” mantra:

"Listen local."

As a public service to you, the reading/listening public, we went out and found the five best holiday albums created by artists right here in the Beehive State.

Parenthetically, we should point out that in perusing this list, some purists may note the omission of a Christmas album by the artists formerly known as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir — a group that has produced dozens of holiday records since the 1950s. But frankly, we couldn’t possibly choose between them all, so we’ll go ahead and stipulate, for the record, that an honorable mention goes to pretty much anything by Utah’s most famous choir.

Well, with the possible exception of David Archuleta and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s “Glad Christmas Tidings,” which the Los Angeles Times named one of the 12 worst holiday albums of the last 20 years.

Of the MTC album, the Times wrote, “A holiday collection for those who find Jerry Bruckheimer’s work too nuanced.”

Ouch. That’ll leave a welt.

But anyway, here it is: Our more or less definitive list of the five best Christmas albums created by — and, arguably, for — Utahns ...

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