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Putumayo Presents Acoustic Christmas

Read on for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo’s best-selling Christmas collection, available in most Whole Foods Market Stores. Dan Storper is the CEO and founder of Putumayo World Music. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that entered. Congrats to our randomly chosen winner, Jeffrey!

Christmas music evokes the spirit of fireside gatherings with family, singing carols and reminiscing about Christmases past, and Putumayo’s newest release, Acoustic Christmas, continues to celebrate the tradition.

An album sure to make its way into your yearly holiday rotation, it features both newly penned songs and lesser- known interpretations of old standards. Whether enjoyed in a cozy log cabin or an urban apartment, these songs will provide merry accompaniment to every family’s Christmas celebration.

Mindy Smith opens the collection with gossamer guitar rhythms and lilting vocals on her original tune, “It Really Is (A Wonderful Life).” The album takes a jazzy turn with The Sugar Thieves’ swinging take on Eartha Kitt’s sassy classic, “Santa Baby,” and Leon Redbone offers a twist of 1930’s New York jazz with “That Old Christmas Moon,” featuring his signature syncopated Harlem stride piano cuts. She & Him, the duo featuring actress/singer Zooey Deschanel, take us back to the fireside with their gently swaying rendition of “The Christmas Waltz,” before the tempo lifts again as the album moves into Emilie-Claire Barlow’s cheerfully bouncing interpretation of the wintertime favorite, “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

Charles Brown adds a dash of West Coast blues to the mix with his smooth, saxophone-infused classic, “Please Come Home for Christmas,” followed by one of the most widely recorded Christmas standards of all time, “The Christmas Song,” sung by jazz singer Stacey Kent. With her take on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Stephanie Davis evokes the universal holiday theme of going home for Christmas, if not in person, then at least in heart and spirit. Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, led by Mari Jones, give the collection a taste of Christmas in the 1950s with their bluesy hit, “Merry Christmas Baby.” Finally, Hem’s brings the album to a close with “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as Sally Ellyson’s gentle vocals shepherd listeners off to dreamland amid images of mistletoe, shining stars and flying reindeer.

Acoustic Christmas will provide a chance to revisit some favorite Christmas songs interpreted by an impressive array of singer-songwriters, while making new holiday favorites as well.

Do you love Christmas music in its many forms? Share your favorite Christmas song by Wednesday, December 11 and be entered to win a CD set of Putumayo’s best-selling Christmas CDs, including Acoustic Christmas, Jazz & Blues Christmas, New Orleans Christmas, Celtic Christmas and Christmas Around The World.

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends December 11, 2013, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.