I love writing Christmas music. It’s some of the easiest songs to write… You draw from your own memories – it’s kind of a wellspring of inspiration, in a way. With other songs, you know, you spend six months just trying to figure out what to write about. Michael McDonald

For many years, I’ve wanted to do one, and I’ve always mentioned it to the chieftains, and they would say things like, ‘Oh well. Christmas albums don’t sell,’ and things like that. But that’s not the point. Christmas albums are important. The music is important. The season is important. Aretha Franklin

It is always weird to be in the studio working on Christmas music in June and July, so we decorated the entire studio, we really did. We brought out lights, fake trees and decorated the place to get in the Christmas spirit. You’d leave the studio, and it’d be 100 degrees out in Nashville, but nonetheless, a great experience. Dave Haywood

And of course there’s so much music in and around our family. I had a piano during Christmas because it’s obviously useful through the season. There are so many people, songwriters, who are around. Ashley Judd

Merry X-Mas & Happy New Year

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