Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews two Christmas albums. The team behind the TV series The O.C. has released Have a Very Merry Chrismukkah, and Dwight Twilley has a new album called Have a Twilley Christmas.
Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's recording of Charles Ives' Holidays Symphony, which draws its inspiration from four different American holidays. Ives incorporates folks songs, traditional music, and the background noise of everyday life into his compositions, often to haunting effect.