From 2001 through 2010, Sufjan Stevens recorded an annual Christmas album that he gifted to friends and family. The recording process took place every December for one week, usually at home, provoking collaborations with friends, roommates, and musical peers. In 2006, Stevens' label, Asthmatic Kitty Records, released Songs for Christmas, a CD boxset compiling the first five of these albums, Volumes I-V. Later in 2012, the label released Silver & Gold, a CD and vinyl boxset compiling of Volumes VI-X. But the first five volumes have never been released to vinyl. This holiday season, Asthmatic Kitty Records is proud to finally release Songs for Christmas: Volumes I-V as a 5-piece vinyl boxset. It arrives with all 42 songs from the original CD boxset, including fan favorites like "Sister Winter," "That Was The Worst Christmas Ever," "Only At Christmas Time," and "Put The Lights on the Tree." The 5LP boxset includes a new package design with illustrations by Stevens and Stephen Halker, and a family portrait painting by Jacques Bredy, as well as lyrics, chord charts, and full recording credits for all the songs.
Track List: 1.1 Silent Night 1.2 O Come O Come Emmanuel 1.3 We're Goin' to the Country! 1.4 Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming 2.1 It's Christmas! Let's Be Glad! 2.2 Holy Holy, Etc 2.3 Amazing Grace 3.1 Angels We Have Heard on High 3.2 Put the Lights on the Tree 3.3 Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing 3.4 I Saw Three Ships 3.5 Only at Christmas Time 4.1 Once in Royal David's City 4.2 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing! 4.3 What Child Is This Anyway? 4.4 Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella 5.1 O Come O Come Emmanuel 5.2 Come on! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance! 5.3 We Three Kings 5.4 O Holy Night 6.1 That Was the Worst Christmas Ever! 6.2 Ding! Dong! 6.3 All the King's Horns 6.4 The Friendly Beasts 7.1 The Little Drummer Boy 7.2 Away in a Manger 7.3 Hey Guys! It's Christmas Time! 7.4 The First Noel 8.1 Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!) 8.2 Incarnation 8.3 Joy to the World 9.1 Once in Royal David's City 9.2 Get Behind Me, Santa! 9.3 Jingle Bells 9.4 Christmas in July 9.5 Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming 9.6 Jupiter Winter 10.1 Sister Winter 10.2 O Come O Come Emmanuel 10.3 Star of Wonder 10.4 Holy, Holy, Holy 10.5 The Winter Solstice