Entertainment Weekly (12/4/98, p.107) - "...McBride imbues most of these 10 traditional classics with lustrous goodwill and infectious holiday bounce. Warmer than a three-log fire." - Rating: B
Personnel includes: Martina McBride (vocals); Dennis Burnside (arranger); Biff Watson (acoustic guitar); Brent Mason (electric guitar); Carl Gorodetzky, Janet Askey, Karen Winkelmann, JoAnn Cruthirds, Elisabeth Small, Gerald C. Greer, Carolyn Wann, Lee Larrison, Conni Ellisor, Mary Kathryn Vanosdale, David Angell, Alan Umstead, David Davidson (violin); Jim Grosjean, Kristin Wilkinson (viola); Anthony La Marchina, Julia E. Tanner (cello); Mary A. Hoepfinger (harp); Karen Winkelmann (recorder); Skip Cleavinger (penny whistle); Matt Rollings, Jim Medlin (piano); Steve Nathan (synthesizer); Craig Nelson (acoustic bass); Joe Chemay (electric bass); Shannon Forrest (drums); Sam Bacco (percussion); James Ferguson, Marabeth Jordan, Louis D. Nunley, Lisa Silver (background vocals).
Engineers include: Clarke Schleicher, Tony Green, Mike Poole.
Recorded at Ocean Way, Nashville, Tennessee and Emerald-The Tracking Room, Nashville, Tennessee.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
On Martina McBride Christmas, the singer delivers heartfelt renditions of "O Holy Night," "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and "Away in a Manger, " putting a welcome new spin on these and eight other seasonal favorites. ~ Marvin Jolly