Home for Christmas is the second studio album and first seasonal album by American boy band NSYNC. The album was released on November 10, 1998, following the success of their debut album. On October 27, 1999, Home for Christmas was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA for shipment of two million copies in the United States.[4] Home for Christmas was released on September 30, 2002 in the United Kingdom as The Meaning of Christmas on Ariola Express with an altered track listing.[5] "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" was released as a single in the United States, and in Germany as well, due to its inclusion on the group's German seasonal album, The Winter Album.[6] As of December 2014, Home for Christmas has sold 2.8 million copies in the United States, making it the fifteenth best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the U.S. since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking music sales in 1991.[7] The album has sold over 4 million copies worldwide.[citation needed]

Home for Christmas
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 10, 1998 (1998-11-10)
NSYNC chronology
'N Sync
Home for Christmas
The Winter Album
Singles from 'N Sync
  1. "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"
    Released: November 29, 1998 (1998-11-29)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[3]

Critical receptionEdit

At Rate Your Music, Home for Christmas was 1.43 stars out of 5.[8]

Track listingEdit

All lead vocals provided by Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez.

Home for Christmas — Standard version
1."Home for Christmas"Gary Haase, Rozz MoreheadJohn Poppo, Danny Madden[a]4:28
2."Under My Tree"Shelley Peiken, Guy RocheVeit Renn4:32
3."I Never Knew the Meaning of Christmas"Carl Sturken, Evan RogersCarl Sturken, Evan Rogers4:45
4."Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"Veit Renn, JC Chasez, Justin TimberlakeRenn4:12
5."The Christmas Song"Mel Tormé, Robert WellsGary Carolla3:16
6."I Guess It's Christmas Time"Shelley Peiken, Peter S. BlissCarolla3:52
7."All I Want Is You This Christmas"Martin Briley, Dana CalitriRenn3:43
8."The First Noel"TraditionalCarolla3:28
9."In Love on Christmas"Rory Bennett, Cedric Hailey, Joel HaileyRenn4:06
10."It's Christmas"Peter Ries, Cherie C. ThomasCarolla, Ries4:29
11."O Holy Night"TraditionalRobin Wiley3:33
12."Love's In Our Hearts On Christmas Day"HaaseRenn3:54
13."The Only Gift"Maria Christensen, Jeff FranzellRenn3:51
14."Kiss Me at Midnight"Veit Renn, Kenny LambRenn3:28
  • ^[a] signifies a vocal co-producer


Chart (1998) Peak
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[9] 29
US Billboard 200[10] 7
US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)[11] 2
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[12] 5

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Home for Christmas - *NSYNC". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  2. ^ Willman, Chris (1998-12-04). "Just Say Noel (Page 2)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 593. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  4. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2014-12-02.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ The Meaning of Christmas (2002) | NSYNC | MP3 Downloads 7digital United Kingdom Archived 2013-11-13 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Amazon.com: Home for Christmas: Music
  7. ^ "Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side' Returns to Top 20". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 11, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  8. ^ Rohwedder, Kristie (1 December 2015). "*NSYNC's 'Home For Christmas' Will Forever Be A Glorious Pop Xmas Album". Bustle. Bustle Digital Group. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 7053". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  10. ^ "Nsync Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Nsync Chart History (Top Catalog Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Nsync - Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – N SYNC – Home for Christmas". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – 'N SYNC – Home for Christmas". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 July 2012. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.