I've made more progress Christmas shopping than I usually do by now. I tend to get decision-paralysis about presents, and will put off buying stuff until I really have to. Case in point: Annabel's Santa gift this year. It doesn't help that she won't tell me what she asked Santa to get her. Instead, when I asked she said confidently, "Santa knows!" I'm going to take Otto into a darkened room this afternoon and interrogate him to see if he overheard her while they were talking to Santa last week. He'll spill.
This, though, is one thing I won't hesitate on. The Lower Lights is a popular, folk-inspired Morman band, and last year I bought their Christmas album called Come Let Us Adore Him for my mom. I downloaded the MP3 version for me, and it slowly became my go-to album for the holidays. The songs are traditional but the arrangements are fresh and mix well with the rest of my Christmas music favorites like Shawn Colvin's Holiday Songs and Lullabies. I think they should appeal to fans of Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists, and other indie folk groups, as well as traditional folk fans. Take a listen yourself:
This year they have a new Christmas album out called The Lower Lights Sing Noel, and it has a couple of my favorite French and German hymns. So I'll be grabbing at least a couple copies of that this month. And if you're shopping last minute (decision-paralyzed like me?), you can buy an MP3 copy to download or send.
So there you go, Christmas music for now and for later. Have a great weekend!