A little on the late side, but nonetheless yule-rific!

1. The Christmas Song – The Raveonettes
2. Just Like Christmas – Low
3. O Holy Night – Duvall
4. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) – The Ramones
5. Child’s Christmas In Wales – John Cale
6. Christmas Must Be Tonight – The Band
7. Christmas Party – The Walkmen
8. Come On! Let’s Boogey To The Elf Dance! – Sufjan Stevens
9. Season’s Greetings – Robbers On High Street
10. A Great Big Sled – The Killers
11. A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss) – Glasvegas
12. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love/Phil Spector
13. Someday At Christmas – The Jackson 5
14. The First Noel – Weezer
15. Fairytale of New York – Pilate
16. Christmas Day – The Beach Boys
17. Valley Winter Song – Fountains Of Wayne
18. I Was Thinking I Could Clean Up For Christmas – Aimee Mann
19. Christmas With Jesus – Josh Rouse
20. Merry Xmas Everybody – Oasis
21. O Come All Ye Faithful – Bob Dylan

In case you missed our 2008 Christmas playlist, which included the alltime greatest version of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (The Harmony Grits), here it is. And while we’re at it, the very first post on this blog back in Dec 07 was Christmas music-related.

BONUS TRACKS/XMAS PRESENTS:
1. The outlines for our “Good News For People With Big Problems” talk series (from this past summer) are now available for free download! It represents our initial attempt at a heavily-illustrated introductory course in Christianity: five to six weeks in length and ideal as a Lenten series, or something like that… It’s a work in progress, but one of which we’re very proud. Thanks to everyone who helped with it (esp SN, KN, DR, AZ, TB & JAZ).

2. Gil Kracke’s masterful article on “The Relationship Between The Law And The Gospel To Contemporary Youth Ministry”. Speaking as a former youth-minister, the piece is nothing short of a life-saver. The only article of its kind (that I know of), almost the definitive word on the subject.