On the cusp of winter solstice...

Tunes for a Monday Morning

This week, four tunes for the winter holidays....

Above: a traditional English carol, "The Seven Rejoices of Mary," sung by the great Canadian musician and music scholar Loreena McKennitt.  In this video, McKennitt is recording the song's vocal track for her 2008 album,  A Midwinter Night's Dream

Below, an enchanting version of another traditional English carol, "The Holly and the Ivy." It's sung by Kate Rusby, from South Yorkshire, on her 2008 album, Sweet Bells.

Next, my favorite holiday song:

"The Christians and the Pagans,"  by the American singer/songwriter  Dar Williams.

And last:

"Winter Trees," beautifully performed by The Staves, a trio of sisters from Hertfordshire.