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Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a rock and roll Christmas song, many people say Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season. The sense of joy, comfort, or spiritual uplift comes in classical, popular, jazz, and even world music. Poet Tim Siebles (Old Dominion University), ethnomusicologist Ann Rasmussen ( College of William and Mary), conductor John Guthmiller (Virginia Commonwealth University), and vocalist Lisa Edwards-Burrs (Virginia State University) share their favorite songs and why the music resonates with them this time of year.

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