I am hereby lodging a humbug against some pop arrangements of the standards. The absence of introductions hampers informed commentary. But if a fashionable young female singer is going to do Silent Night, it detracts to edit out all the difficult words and end each verse with "sleep in heavenly peace," no matter how sweet the sentiments.
Enroute south, I played the River City Ragtime Band's Christmas in Dixieland. The band's promotional material correctly notes,
Applying the Dixieland style to Christmas music is not sacrilegious. In fact, when the music was played to a minister, he suggested that the River City Ragtime Band was fulfilling the Biblical edict: "Make a Joyful Noise Until the Lord, All Ye Lands." The River City Ragtime Band interprets the word "Lands" to include "Bands."True enough. That said, Go Tell it on the Mountain adapts to jazz combo better than, say, Good King Wenceslas.