8 Days of Christmas is the fourth and penultimate studio album and first and only Christmas album by American R&B girl group Destiny’s Child, released on October 30, 2001 by Columbia Records.
The album contains twelve tracks featuring traditional Christmas songs and three original songs. Most of them are re-arranged with up-tempo beats in a contemporary R&B style. The album was recorded in Summer 2001 in the United States, but Kelly Rowland stated during the “8 Days of Christmas” video premiere on BET’s 106 & Park in Fall 2001 that parts of the album were also recorded in Japan during Destiny’s Child’s overseas promo tour. In the same interview, Beyoncé Knowlesrevealed, “Actually we wrote the song two years ago, when we went in the studio to do some Christmas something. That’s what started the idea of doing a Christmas album.” The song “8 Days of Christmas” first appeared on the double-disc reissue of The Writing’s on the Wall in November 2000.
8 Days of Christmas made its debut on the Billboard 200 at number 59. On the chart issue dated December 22, 2001, it reached its peak at number 34. On December 3, 2001, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) denoting shipments of 500,000 copies.
Morrisound Recording engineered the tracks White Christmas and Platinum Bells.