Turning now to the sounds of the holiday season and the work of singer and comedienne Rosie Thomas. During a recent performance, she told this story about her dad and the holidays.

Ms. ROSIE THOMAS (Singer, Comedienne): Well, my dad filmed us trimming the tree. And if you ever want to watch it, it's about four hours long, and it's really, really insightful. We have never put that tape in ever again. What a waste. What a waste.

WERTHEIMER: Rosie Thomas can be funny, but she's better known for her music. She has a new album, a very serious record, called "A Very Rosie Christmas."

(Soundbite of song, "Winter Wonderland")

Ms. THOMAS (Singing): Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, snow is glistening. A beautiful sight, We're happy tonight. Walking in a winter wonderland.

WERTHEIMER: Thomas is originally from Michigan, as is her sometime collaborator Sufjan Stevens, who's released many holiday songs of his own. Both singers are generally lighthearted, but when it comes to Christmas, their music is often thoughtful, even reverent.

(Soundbite of song, "O Come Emmanuel")

Ms. THOMAS (Singing): O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel.

WERTHEIMER: Now there is a comedy skit at the end of the Rosie Thomas record, but the rest is gentle and sincere, just right for those who might wish the holidays were a little less noisy. To hear the complete Rosie Thomas concert and much more holiday music, visit

(Soundbite of song, "O Come Emmanuel")

Ms. THOMAS (Singing): O come, O come, Thou Lord of might, Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height, In ancient times didst give the law, In cloud, and majesty and awe.


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