Every artist's first Christmas collection is a special career landmark, and Whitney's One Wish—The Holiday Album (November 2003), her most recent album release, was no exception. Whitney worked with producers and arrangers Troy Taylor, Mervyn Warren and the team of Gordon Chambers and Barry J. Eastmond on a joyous mix of yuletide favorites from the traditional and contemporary songbooks, along with several new compositions.
The album opened with the classic "The First Nöel" and Mel Tormé's timeless "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)." Other favorites included Freddie Jackson's "One Wish (for Christmas)," "Cantique De Nöel (O Holy Night)," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "O Come O Come Emanuel" and a medley of "Deck the Halls/Silent Night." Two tracks originated on The Preacher's Wife soundtrack, "Who Would Imagine a King" and "Joy to the World." The centerpiece was 10-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown's recording debut on "Little Drummer Boy."