Following the success of her multi-awarded Latin album Mi Tierra, Estefan recorded a collection of all Christmas songs released in the early autumn of 1993. The collection contains mostly traditional songs along with the title track, an original song written by Estefan and Diane Warren. The title track was previously released with a different instrumental arrangement on Estefan's 1992 Greatest Hits album, and it was released as a double A-side single with "Miami Hitmix" in Europe. The Spanish-language song called "Arbolito de Navidad" is also included.
Technologically, the album production was used as a testing ground for what would be the digital long-distance audio technology used in the production of the Frank Sinatra album Duets using the Dolby Digital system provided by Skywalker Ranch-based Entertainment Digital Network, so that Estefan could remotely listen to the production sessions in Los Angeles from her home studio in Miami. Both the Estefan and Sinatra album were produced by Phil Ramone and principally recorded and mixed by Eric Schilling.
The album reached No. 43 on the Billboard 200 Pop Album chart and was certified Platinum by the RIAA in the United States for shipments of over a million copies. According to a 2001 review of her album sales on her discography database web, the album has sold more than a 1.5 million copies worldwide.