Christmas time comes with a lot of baggage for us all. It certainly comes with some for Sufjan Stevens, an amazing artist I’ve admired for quite sometime. I think the hardest thing in the world might be to write a Christmas Carol that won’t drive the masses to insanity when played over and over in malls and commercial enterprises. You see Sufjan is a Christian man who has horrid memories of Christmas, thus he started making a cd a year for his family instead of being present himself. In 2006 a 5 cd pack of Christmas music was release under Asthmatic Kitty Records, those very cd’s for his family from the last five years. The albums include Christmas classics with banjo and new tempos and new songs with myriads of witty and angelic lyrics. Sufjan is genius and is guaranteed to make any Christmas brighter with these, even if it is through blunt truth.