Christmas Portrait is the first Christmas album recorded by The Carpenters (and the only one issued during Karen Carpenter’s lifetime), originally released on October 13, 1978 (A&M 4726).

Track listing (Original 1978 LP)

Side one1.”O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (0:28) (Traditional, John Mason Neale)
2.Overture (4:38): “Deck the Halls” (Traditional, John Ceiriog Hughes)
“I Saw Three Ships” (Traditional, David Overton)
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (Traditional)
“Away in a Manger” (Traditional, James R. Murray)
“What Child Is This?” (William Chatterton Dix)
“Carol of the Bells” (Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych, Peter Wilhousky)
“O Come All Ye Faithful” (John Francis Wade, Frederick Oakeley)

3.”Christmas Waltz” (2:15) (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
4.”Sleigh Ride” (2:39) (Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish)
5.Medley (2:53): “It’s Christmas Time” (Al Stillman, Victor Young)
“Sleep Well, Little Children” (Alan Bergman, Leon Klatzkin)

6.”Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (3:55) (Blane, Martin)
7.”Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (1:05) (John Frederick Coots, Haven Gillespie)
8.”Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” (3:39) (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells)
9.”Silent Night” (3:19) (Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr, John Freeman Young)

Side two1.”Jingle Bells” (1:10) (James Pierpont)
2.Medley (3:35): “First Snowfall” (Sonny Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
“Let it Snow” (Cahn, Styne)

3.”Carol of the Bells” (1:39) (Leontovych, Wilhousky)
4.”Merry Christmas Darling” (3:05) (Frank Pooler, Richard Carpenter)
5.”I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (3:48) (Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram)
6.”Christ is Born” (3:13)(Ray Charles, Dominico Bartolucci)
7.Medley (5:31): “Winter Wonderland” (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith)
“Silver Bells” (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)
“White Christmas” (Irving Berlin)

8.”Ave Maria” (2:35) (Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles Gounod)


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