long way around the sea - about the nativity wise men. mimi's sister wanda helped with the back-ups (see "lord can you hear me?")
little drummer boy - the original drone-rock christmas carol. mim and zak on percussion, alan on optigan through all kinds of distortion and reverb. tones jump out of the din.
if you were born today - a.k.a. "song for baby jesus". originally on the '97 wurlitzer jukebox single. hard to talk about what it's about without making some boring social commentary.
blue christmas - one of our first efforts at home recording. very strange playing all those jazz chords. this appeared originally on the wurlitzer jukebox single in '97.
silent night - recorded in our kitchen with a stereo microphone.
taking down the tree - was actually written while taking down the tree. the nosebleed refers to mim's dry weather problem.
one special gift - started out as a song about being poor at christmas time, but i think mimi gave it a higher meaning with "for one special guest" at the end. i (alan) was going to sing it but i thought it sounded too much like smog.