Season's greetings!

For a lot of folks all over the world, the weeks surrounding the Winter Solstice are the most festive time of the year. Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Saturnalia, New Year's Eve, Hogmanay and, of course, the Solstice itself combine to pack a few short weeks with an amazing array of festivities, celebrations and good, old-fashioned family time.

Below, you'll find music, books and movies which we hope will accentuate your season. And, whatever you celebrate, we hope you have a good one!

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Edie Adams
The Edie Adams Christmas Album

Oleta Adams
Christmas Time with Oleta

Christina Aguilera
My Kind of Christmas

Albion Band
A Christmas Present from the Albion Band

Tori Amos
Midwinter Graces

Diane Arkenstone & Misha Segal
Christmas Healing, Vol. 1
Christmas Healing, Vol. 2
Christmas Healing, Vol. 3

The Arrogant Worms
Christmas Turkey

Bridget Ball & Christopher Shaw
Mountain Snow & Mistletoe

Jeff Ball
Songs of Winter

The Baltimore Consort
Bright Day Star

The Barra MacNeils
The Christmas Album

Benny & the Jets Band
Merry X-mas

The Bilge Pumps
A Pirate's Christmas Wish

Blackmore's Night
Winter Carols

The Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal
Talkin' Christmas

The Boston Camerata
A Renaissance Christmas

Brave Combo
It's Christmas, Man!

Sir Christemas: Songs of the Season

Robin Bullock
A Guitar for Christmas

Robin Bullock, Al Petteway & Amy White
A Midnight Clear

The Carolliers & George Makredes
Christmas Spirit

Deana Carter
Father Christmas

Ceilidh Friends
The Spirit of Giving

Celtic Woman
A Christmas Celebration

Craig Chaquico

The Chieftains
The Bells of Dublin

Santa Claws & the Naughty but Nice Orchestra
The Green Days of Christmas: The Holiday Tribute to Green Day
Hell's Bells of Christmas: The Holiday Tribute to AC/DC

Mitzie Collins
Nowell, with Glennda Dove & Roxanne Ziegler
White Dulcimer Christmas

Cherokee National Youth Choir
Comfort & Joy

Johnny Coppin
Keep the Flame

Coyote Run
Tend the Fire

Johnny Cunningham
The Soul of Christmas: A Celtic Music Celebration with Thomas Moore

Jason Paul Curtis
Lovers Holiday

Heather Dale
This Endris Night

Darby O'Gill
Christmas Teaser
Irish Christmas Rollick

Gareth Davies-Jones
 Nine Lessons

John Denver & the Muppets
A Christmas Together

Krista Detor
The Silver Wood: Wintersongs

El Grupo Santa Clara
Angelitos Navidenos

Ensemble Galilei
Ancient Noels, with Maggie Sansone
A Winter's Night: Christmas in the Great Hall

Steven B. Eulberg
Hark, the Glad Sound!
'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime

John Fluker
J is for Joy

Deborah Friou & Julia Lane
Yuletide Treasure: A British Isles Winter Celebration

Nathan Clark George & Mark Stoffel
A Midwinter's Eve

Golden Bough
Christmas in a Celtic Land

Vince Guaraldi
A Charlie Brown Christmas

Tianna Hall & Chris Cortez

A Winter Solstice with Helicon

Michael Hill
My Blue Christmas

Warren Hill
A Warren Hill Christmas

Spirit of the Season

Gary Hoey
Ho! Ho! Hoey: The Complete Collection

Mark Holdaway
Christmas Kalimba

Il Divo
The Christmas Collection

Eileen Ivers
An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas

Jethro Tull
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album

Keltik Elektrik
Edinburgh Hogmanay Party Mix

Seamus Kennedy
Goodwill to Men

Mittens for Christmas


Bruce Kurnow
Holidays in Harmonicaland

John Langstaff
The Christmas Revels

Christine Lavin & the Mistletones
The Runaway Christmas Tree: Favorite Holiday Songs & Bedtime Stories

Ottmar Leibert
Christmas Santa Fe

Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
Winter's Grace

Lorie Line
Sharing the Season: Piano Instrumentals
Sharing the Season, Vol. 2: Piano Instrumentals
Sharing the Season, Vol. 3
Sharing the Season, Vol. 4: The Big Band

Frank London & Lorin Sklamberg

Patty Loveless
Bluegrass & White Snow

Iain Mac Harg
A Celtic Christmas

Ashley MacIsaac
A Cape Breton Christmas

Fiona Mackenzie
Duan Nollaig

Manhattan Brass
Manhattan Holiday

Mannheim Steamroller
A Fresh Aire Christmas

Jed Marum

Simon Mayor
Winter with Mandolins

Mary McCandless
Mary Christmas

Lydia McCauley
The Moon of Wintertime

Suzanne McDermott
Out Under the Sky

Richie McDonald
If Every Day Could Be Christmas

Steve McDonald & Hollie Smith
Winter in Scotland: a Highland Christmas

Reba McEntire
Merry Christmas to You

Loreena McKennitt
To Drive the Cold Winter Away
A Winter Garden

The McKrells
Merry Christmas

Sarah McLachlan

Don McLean
Christmastime! The Complete Collection

Katie McMahon
Celtic Christmas

El McMeen
The Soul of Christmas Guitar

Jo Morrison
Christmas Gifts: Holiday Music on Celtic Harp

New Christy Minstrels
Christmas with the New Christy Minstrels: Complete!

Cheryl Reid O'Hagan
The Darkest Midnight

Judith Owen
Christmas in July

Robin Petrie
A Victorian Christmas
A Victorian Noel

Al Petteway & Amy White
Winter Tidings

Caroline Peyton
Celtic Christmas Spirit

William Pint & Felicia Dale
When I See Winter Return

Darryl Purpose
The Gift of the Magi & Other Seasonal Stories

Leon Redbone
Christmas Island

The Revels
The Christmas Revels
The Washington Revels: Behold That Star! An American Song Quilt

Bonnie Rideout, Maggie Sansone & Al Petteway
A Scottish Christmas

Riders in the Sky
Christmas the Cowboy Way

Ruben Romero & Robert Notkoff
Christmas in Santa Fe

Phil Rosenthal
A Folk Song Christmas

The Ruffians
Together for Christmas


Tommy Sands
To Shorten the Winter: An Irish Christmas

Maggie Sansone
Ancient Noels, with Ensemble Galilei
Merrily Greet the Time, with Sue Richards
A Scottish Christmas, with Bonnie Rideout & Al Petteway
Sounds of the Season: Traditional Christmas Carols & Dances

La Noche Buena: Christmas Music of Colonial Latin America

Steve Schuch & the Night Heron Consort
A Celtic Celebration, Volume 2

Silver Belles
Silver Belles

Silver, Wood & Ivory
Christmas with Silver, Wood & Ivory

Skaggs Family
A Skaggs Family Christmas, Vol. 1
A Skaggs Family Christmas, Vol. 2

Smithfield Fair
The Winter Kirk

Mindy Smith
My Holiday

Peter Smith Quartet
Yule Like This

The Snow Angels
Holidays in Harmony

Sons of Maxwell
Instant Christmas

The Staple Singers
The 25th Day of December

If on a Winter's Night

Blankets of Snow

Diane Taraz
Hope! Says the Holly

Taverner Consort, Choir & Players
The Carol Album

Andre Thibault
A Tropical Christmas

Eric Tingstad & Nancy Rumbel
Comfort & Joy
Peace on Earth: The Best of Tingstad & Rumbel Christmas

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The Christmas Attic
Christmas Eve & Other Stories

Vintervisor (WinterSongs)

Two Thousand Years of Christmas

Ronan Tynan
I'll Be Home for Christmas (My Gift of Christmas Song)

various artists
Amber Christmas
Bah Humbug
Celtic Christmas: A Windham Hill Sampler
Christmas Around the World
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, Live
Christmas on the Lam & Other Songs from the Season
Christmas the Mountain Way
Cold Blow These Winter Winds
Comfort & Joy: A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
An East Coast Christmas
A Family Christmas
Holiday Yule Log
Home for Christmas: Voices from the Heartland
It's a Team Mint Xmas, Vol. 2
The Merriest Christmas Album
Navidad Gozosa: Voces Del Milenio
Norman Rockwell: A Tenor's Christmas
A Northern Christmas
O Christmas Tree: A Bluegrass Collection for the Holidays
A Pinecastle Christmas Gatherin'
A Putumayo World Christmas
Sing Christmas & the Turn of the Year
A Taste of Chanukah
A Thistle & Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh
Tidings of Joy: An Eversound Holiday Celebration
Wonderland: A Winter Solstice Celebration

Tim Warfield
Jazzy Christmas

The Washington Revels
Behold That Star! An American Song Quilt

The Watersons
Sound, Sound Your Instruments of Joy
A Yorkshire Christmas

West of Eden
A Celtic Christmas

Paul Winter

Peace Round: A Christmas Celebration

Charlie Zahm
Angels We Have Heard on High & Other Favorite Songs of Christmas
The White Snows of Winter


David Baldacci, The Christmas Train (audiobook)

John Blase, Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas

Betty Crocker, Betty Crocker's Best Christmas Cookbook

Sandra Jones Cropsey, Tinker's Christmas

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, as told by Patrick Stewart

Paul Dini, Superman: Peace on Earth, illustrated by Alex Ross

Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn & Rick Remender, The Last Christmas

Wesley Eure, The Red Wings of Christmas

Bob Gale & Phil Winslade, Ant-Man's Big Christmas

Martin Gardner, The Annotated Night Before Christmas

Holly Hardin, Aurora of the Northern Lights

Joan Shaddox Isom, Offerings in the Snow: A Christmas Story

William Joyce, Santa Calls

Eric Kaplan, Does Santa Exist?

Eric Kimmel, Hershel & the Hanukkah Goblins

Andy Lipschultz, How the Grinch Stole Hollywood

Christopher Moore, The Stupidest Angel

Dorothy Morrison, Yule: A Celebration of Light & Warmth

Katherine Paterson, Angels & Other Strangers: Family Christmas Stories

Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

Bonnie Rideout, A Scottish Christmas for Fiddle

Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Cynthia Rylant, Children of Christmas: Stories for the Season, illustrated by S.D. Schindler

Irene Trivas, Emma's Christmas

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, The Christmas Candle Book

Lewis Trondheim & Thierry Robin, Li'l Santa

Billy Tucci, A Child is Born

Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express

Chet Williamson, Pennsylvania Dutch Night Before Christmas, illustrated by James Rice

Connie Willis, Miracle & Other Christmas Stories

Susan Wojciechowski, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, illustrated by P.J. Lynch


All I Want for Christmas (1991)

Arthur Christmas (2011)

Black Adder's Christmas Carol (1988)

Call Me Claus (2001)

A Christmas Carol (2009)

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, Live (2007)

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

A Christmas Memory (1997)

Christmas Present (1999)

The Christmas Wife (1988)

Elf (2003)

Eloise: Little Miss Christmas (2006)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Miss Lettie & Me (2002)

Mr. St. Nick (2002)

Mrs. Santa Claus (1996)

Ms. Scrooge (1997)

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Must Be Santa (1999)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

The Nativity Story (2007)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Night They Saved Christmas (1984)

Once Upon a Christmas (2000)

One Christmas (1994)

The Polar Express (2004)

Prancer (1989)

Prancer Returns (2001)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie (1998)

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

The Santa Clause (1994)

Santa Jr. (2002)

Santa's Slay (2005)

Scrooge (1970)

Scrooged (1988)

A Season for Miracles (1999)

Silent Night (2002)

The Snowman (1982)

Special Delivery (2000)

Star in the Night (1945)

Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)