Christmas Records, Day 5: Sufjan Stevens' Songs for Christmas
Sufjan Stevens - Songs for Christmas (Asthmatic Kitty, released 2006)
Parumpa-pa-pa! Always the most versatile of Santa's musical elves, Sufjan Stevens' Christmas songs set is one of the most lovingly compiled Yuletide releases. First released in 2006, Songs for Christmas comprises not only a poster of Sufjan looking grumpy in a Santa hat (almost worth the money alone), stickers and a songbook, but also five CDs of songs that were created over five Christmases with the help of the Reader's Digest Christmas Songbook. The songs are a mixture of original compositions and indelibly Sufjan-esque takes on traditional favourites like Little Drummer Boy and Jingle Bells. It's an especially useful stocking gift thanks to its ability to unite cool cousins and old aunties in humming the same songs.
Sufjan Stevens - Put the Lights on the Tree