My wife went out and bought James Taylor at Christmas and then asked me if we already had it. I told her we have a JT album from Hallmark that I received from my sister a couple years ago. Come to discover - as the discussion in the Amazon post describes, they are largely - though not exactly - THE SAME ALBUM. Carol returned the disc.
As for the album: if you like James Taylor, you'll probably like the disc. What does one want from a Christmas album? A couple of unexpected cuts - he sings In the Bleak Midwinter, which I seldom here on "secular" albums. A twist on the familiar - "Jingle Bells" reminds me of a slowed-up version of the Bing Crosby/Andrews Sisters version, for some reason. As I noted the other day, Lefty asks LOTS of questions. One from this post last week got me thinking about "Christmas" songs, and why some of them actually are considered as such. Moreover, why one couldn't play some of them, say, in January? Or February? Three of them are on all versions of the James Taylor album: Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, and the somewhat randy Baby, It's Cold Outside. Let It Snow also qualifies. And as I've described here, we're not even IN Christmastime, we're in Advent, so some of those Christ-Mass songs don't even make sense until December 25 or later - the Three Kings may have taken their time getting to the manger.