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CHET ATKINS CHRISTMAS WITH CHET ATKINS, 1961, RCA Victor

Christmas Eve, we would go to my Dad’s parents’ house on the other side of town, to celebrate with all his family. We’d spend the day wrapping presents in the floor with my Dad, watching George C. Scott’s turn at Ebenezer Scrooge on a scratchy VHS tape, then we’d dress in some variation of red and green and head off over the river, my Dad playing tapes of old, obscure Christmas songs like “Christmas in Kilarney” and “I’d Like to Hitch a Ride with Santa Claus,” with the day’s last light...

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BENZIGER SYRAH, 2004

I was prepared to write a review about the Holidays and gathering with family. I had planned to write about the art and the importance of choosing a wine that everyone--from your aunt who only drinks white Zinfandel to your brother who only drinks Maker's Mark--could enjoy. I was going to do this because I, for the first time in a decade, would be spending Christmas with a large, close-knit Southern family whom I knew would do Christmas right...

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