by Sukey HowardDecember, 2005
Listen up for the holidays
For Garrison groupies and just plain fans of the folks on A Prairie Home Companion, The Christmas Companion is the perfect stocking stuffer. You'll find Christmas music from Wise Men Blues to Silent Night performed by RenÅ½e Fleming, Ricky Skaggs, Diana Krall, Sarah Jessica Parker and Musica Sacra. You'll go to a Christmas party with the ever-cool, never-say-no sleuth Guy Noir and attend an interview with Santa, who has become more of a trim, tough, craven capitalist than a jolly, chimney-shimmying purveyor of presents. You'll hear new versions of The Twelve Days of Christmas and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, be charmed anew by two Keillor-crafted monologues and reminded of the healing power of Bebopareebop Rhubarb Pie. All the segments come from live broadcasts on National Public Radio and all are worthy of repeat visits.