And TALENTED, Billboard, do not forget talented!

If you want to skip right to the good part: Jason Castro — The dreadlocked guitar strummer was charming enough to score a fourth-place finish during season 7 and land an Atlantic Records album release, but rarely has there been an Idol contestant who seemed less interested in the machinery of fame. Castro melted hearts

May your days be merry and bright

I don’t think this song needs much of an introduction–here’s “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, sung by Bing Crosby and Martha Mears (dubbing actress Marjorie Reynolds), in the movie Holiday Inn: Video posted by alpineic1. (Only the first two and half minutes or so of the video are from the film.) Or, if you prefer,

If such is your intention, you probably should already have headed out.

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, and Buck Ram, sung by Kristin Chenoweth: Video posted by KristinChenowethVEVO And an informal acoustic cover of “I’ll by Home for Christmas,” sung by Jason and Michael Castro: Video by Jason Castro (Yes, the ‘stache is unfortunate.) The song, wistful and haunting, was first recorded