The Muppets have sung with so many people over the years, from Elton John to Tony Bennett, yet it has always seemed like their performances with John Denver were somehow the perfect match. Christmas Together is a delightful–what else?–sing-along collection of Christmas favorites as performed by Denver and the Muppets ensemble. While the usual suspects have more than their say here–Kermit, Miss Piggy–the standout piece is "Twelve Days of Christmas." What could be better than a Muppet a day? Denver leads the critters through a tender "Silent Night," which comes couched in a medley that closes with a rousing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." "Deck the Halls" is equally raucous–about as raucous as Muppets can get. Listen for the subtle lyric adaptations and the witty exchanges between Denver and his minstrels. Definitely not just for kids.
Yuletide celebrations and gatherings from another era are revisited in Christmas Past, a compilation of silent shorts with footage dating back as early as 1901. The true spirit of the season is revealed through these nine Christmas-themed shorts, with stories about giving and sharing, festive holiday parties and Santa Claus sightings. The recent addition of an original score by Al Kryszak further enhances the festive mood with familiar tunes like "Deck the Halls" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." It's a nostalgic trip to simpler times, where just being together as a family was what mattered most.