I’ll finish up the night with another favorite Christmas recording of mine, the Crystals’ “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.” It’s from one of the all-time greatest Christmas albums, the one by Phil Spector. Why is it that Jews seem to make a lot of the best Christmas music? Jewish songwriters, after all, wrote “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and a host of other famous Christmas songs. Discuss this intriguing phenomenon in the comments! Or not.

See you all tomorrow. And don’t forget, we’re having our fundraiser, so do toss a few bucks in the kitty if you can. Even small amounts help keep us afloat, and are warmly appreciated.

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Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee