How To Listen To 'CMA Country Christmas' Covers, Because You're Going To Want Them on Repeat

If you’re dreading the snowy weather and endless checkout lines that come along with the holiday season, tune into ABC at 8 p.m. on Monday for CMA Country Christmas , because this celebration is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. It’s not every day that some of the biggest names in music come together on one stage, but for a fifth consecutive year the Country Music Association is making it happen. To kick off December, major country artists like Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, and Carrie Underwood will perform some classic holiday hits, but there are also special appearances outside the realm of country by artists like Idina Menzel, Steven Tyler, and more. This is not a tradition you'll want to miss, but have no fear if you do. The entire CMA Country Christmas concert will be available on iTunes for your binging pleasure.

If you're like me, your car, iPod, and computer play Christmas music on repeat for the entire month of December — and I'll shamelessly admit that for me, it bleeds into November and some of January too. But it's fairly easy to run out of new covers and instead you're stuck listening to the same ones over and over. Not that that's a problem for most of us Christmas lovers, but every now and then it's good to throw in some new favorites. Thankfully, the Country Music Association very kindly Tweeted the link to the CMA Country Chritmas lineup on iTunes.

Christmas Pandora and mainstream radio can only do so much, so I will not be taking the CMA's suggestion lightly. If you hate Christmas music, that's one thing, but even if you're not a fan of country music, no one can argue that the annual Christmas covers that come from CMA Country Christmas are some of the best out there. Sure, many of the artists will throw a little country twang into some of the classics, but a little southern hospitality never hurt anybody.

I'll be the first to admit that CMA Country Christmas 2014 will have some serious competition with the season's first airing of Elf on ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas on Dec. 1. And I can't totally promise that I won't be flipping back and forth in the midst of my Christmas-spirit overload. So in case that happens, I'm happy to know the celebration's most show-stopping performances will be available for the rest of the season.

Image: Image Group LA/ABC