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Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, the Solstice, Festivus or some combination of all five, there's nothing better than opening up the wrapping paper to find a hot-off-the-presses CD. It's that time of year of top-10 lists and gift guides and an avalanche of album releases to keep you tided over until the spring thaw.

With only 168 hours each week, we're hard-pressed at Q2 Music to spin every tantalizing tune that crosses our ear-canals, but this week we're sampling five golden discs, any of which are bound to give you a merry little whatever. We'll hear from past Albums of the Week (including Anna Thorvaldsdottir's seasonal Rhizoma), plus some sparkling surprises. And while you're having a listen, tell us: What recordings are you most wishing for this time of year?