Given the number of songwriters in Nashville, it's surprising the town hasn't produced more Christmas songs. The First Christmas gets a bunch of them, though. Songs like "An Angel Like You" play off Stone's romantic-balladeer image, and "When December Comes Around" would sound great any time of year. "Sailing Home for Christmas" depicts the irony of soldiers celebrating the coming of "peace on earth" while stationed on a battleship.
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AllMusic Review by Brian Mansfield