Snow Angels, the Over the Rhine Christmas album, will begin shipping within the next few days. When you order it, you gain access to six songs to download; they are early acoustic versions of the album songs. It will not be available in your local record store; I'm not sure if they'll put it up on iTunes. I realize that I recommend Over the Rhine ad nauseum. Just trust that it's for good reason.
My parents just went to their fourth Over the Rhine concert. (I'm pretty sure I have a safe lead at nine). They ran into some of my former poetry teachers - Alice and Maj. So many people I love, people who have brought so much beauty and hope into my life, were all in the same room, surrounded and filled and blessed by my favorite music in the whole wide world.
I didn't even have to be there to cherish that night as a gift.