This year's holiday special includes gospel, old-time, bluegrass, country, jazz and blues songs of the season.  Plus … a look back at Breaking Up Christmas parties in the Blue Ridge Mountains of generations past, with exclusive field interviews.  This show will bring out memories, help you learn, and bring people of all generations and locales together around the holidays and wonderful American music traditions.


  1. Christmas In The Mountains
    Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers
    Christmas In The Hills
  2. Christmas Waltz & Fum Fum Fum
    Dan Crary
    Holiday Guitar
    Sugar Hill
  3. Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem
    Emmylou Harris
    Light Of The Stable
  4. Christmas Time's a-Coming
    Peter Rowan
    Christmas Bluegrass
  5. O Holy Night
    Nat King Cole
    The Christmas Song
  6. Hallelujah, It Is Done
    Elizabeth Cotten
    Shake Sugaree
    Smithsonian Folkways
  7. Christmas Holiday
    Paul Brown
    ATBR recording
  8. Break 1 - Jingle Bells
    Balsam Range
    It's Christmas Time
    Mountain Home
  9. Breaking Up Christmas
    Tommy Jarrell
    June Apple
  10. Interview - Paul Sutphin & Eleanor Coalson
    Paul Sutphin & Eleanor Coalson
    ATBR recording
  11. Interview - Paul Sutphin & Eleanor Coalson
    Paul Sutphin & Eleanor Coalson
    ATBR recording
  12. Interview - Ray Alden
    Ray Alden
    ATBR recording
  13. Cluck Old Hen
    Tommy Jarrell, Kyle Creed, Paul Sutphin, Mac Snow
    field recording
  14. Interview - Ray Alden
    Ray Alden
    ATBR recording
  15. Little Maggie
    Fred Cockerham, Lawrence Lowe, Earnest East, Mac Snow, Paul Sutphin
    field recording
  16. Interview - Johnny Vipperman
    Johnny Vipperman
    ATBR recording
  17. Breaking Up Christmas
    Camp Creek Boys
    Old Time String Band
  18. First Snow
    Tim O'Brien
    Bluegrass X-Mas
  19. Break 2 - Snow Shoes
    Kenny Smith
    Bluegrass X-Mas
  20. Blue Christmas
    Elvis Presley
    Elvis' Christmas Album
    RCA Victor
  21. Swing Down That Chariot
    Cooke Duet
    Best Of Cooke Duet
  22. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
    Joseph Spence
    Living On The Hallelujah Side
  23. That's Christmas Time To Me
    Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
    Christmas Time With Ralph Stanley
  24. God Gave Noah The Rainbow Sign
    Toast String Stretchers
    Toast String Stretchers
  25. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
    Sweetback Sisters
    The Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas
    The Sweetback Sisters

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