The album is one of Streisand's best-selling albums and is ranked as one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time. The cover photograph of the album was taken on June 16, 1967 during the rehearsal for her concert, A Happening in Central Park. The album is also Streisand's last album to use Columbia's "Stereo 360 sound" banner, and the last to be issued originally in monaural and stereo. Most copies of the LP edition seen today are stereophonic.
Many of the tracks from this album were re-issued in 1970 as Side 1 of a compilation album titled Seasons Greetings from Barbra Streisand...and Friends, pieced together by Maxwell House Coffee and Columbia Special Products. (Side 2 of the compilation featured various tracks from Streisand's Columbia labelmates Doris Day, Jim Nabors, and Andre Kostelanetz.)
The album was released on CD in October 1990. It was remastered and reissued once again in October 2004 for the Columbia Records "Essential Holiday Classics" series. The album was yet again reissued in October 2007 to commemorate the album's 40th anniversary.
On May 5, 1999, A Christmas Album was certified Quintuple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of five million copies in the United States.
AllMusic gave the album a retrospective four and a half (out of five) stars, and called it "a timeless classic", "indicated that Streisand was overly reverent when it came to standards, reverence was no problem with seasonal fare."
On Billboard magazine's special year-end weekly Christmas Albums chart, A Christmas Album spent all five weeks that the chart was published in late 1967 at No. 1, making it the best-selling holiday album of 1967 in the U.S. The album charted for the first time on Billboard's weekly Billboard 200 album sales chart in December 1981, peaking at position No. 108 during a five-week chart run.
For the week ending November 24, 2012, the album re-entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 195 and climbed to No. 183 the following week. It has also reached No. 38 on the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums chart.
Streisand also recorded an alternate, English-language version of "Gounod's Ave Maria" during sessions for the album in 1966. This track remained unreleased until 2005 when it was licensed to a Starbucks Christmas compilation CD titled Baby, It's Cold Outside."Sleep in Heavenly Peace (Silent Night)" / "Gounod's Ave Maria" 1967
"Jingle Bells?" / "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" 1967
"My Favorite Things" / "The Christmas Song" 1967
"The Lord's Prayer" / "I Wonder As I Wander" 1967
Barbra Streisand – singer
Marty Paich – arranger, conductor
Ray Ellis – arranger, conductor (*)
Jack Gold – producer
Rafael O. Valentin – recording engineer
Jack Lattig – recording engineer
Don Meehan – mixing engineer