[soapbox] I have one very personal requirement in Christmas albums: If it includes "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" it has to have the original Judy Garland lyrics or it isn't coming into my house (I'm a freak about this). If they hang a shining star upon the highest bough they can do it elsewhere. No selling out by turning a sad song into a happy one just for the sake of commercialism. James Taylor and Frank Sinatra both sing the song more-or-less like it should be sung. Ella Fitzgerald sings the right lyrics, but jazzes it up to the point where the poignancy is lost. [/soapbox] I may very well need therapy. LAWL - I stopped from pulling the trigger on the Aimee Mann Christmas disc for this very reason: Yuletide Depression at it's finest (I <3 Aimee Mann, but she's such a damn downer at times!) HMMMMM. You and Magi seem to have similar tastes. May have to check this one out. Of course Sinatra's Christmas CD is the one that gets the most play at our house. Another tempting choice.