Mandy Moore is already in the holiday spirit.
The “This Is Us” star dropped a pair of Christmas songs early Thursday, including the original track “How Could This Be Christmas?” and her take on the classic “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.”
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Moore posted lyric videos for each song, and the video for “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” features the camera following framed pictures of Moore on a table adorned with holiday decorations.
In “How Could This Be Christmas?” the words to the tune line the screen as pages in a photo album with images of Moore turn.
“How Could This Be Christmas?” is a “beautiful, wistful ballad about loss and the added struggle of dealing with it during the holidays,” according to a statement shared with TODAY.
Moore, who is pregnant with her first child, co-wrote the song with husband Taylor Goldsmith and producer Mike Viola. She said she wanted to write a song that captured the challenges presented in 2020.
“The holidays are certainly going to feel verifiably different this year and in this vein, I challenged myself (and Mike and Taylor) to write a song that hinted at the acknowledgment of something missing without being too specific,” Moore said in a statement.
“Because if we’ve learned anything in this season of change, it’s the recognition that those we love and cherish are what’s most important and worth celebrating. And that felt like a message to get behind during this special time of year.”
The 36-year-old has returned to her musical roots this year. In March, she released “Silver Landings,” her first album since 2009.
"Having music back in my life makes me feel like a more complete version of myself, in ways I wasn’t even expecting," she wrote on Instagram in January to announce the album.