The local newspaper said this was not your 'ordinary Christmas album', not the sort of thing you would play for the family sitting around the fire, drinking eggnog. It depends upon the family. A Christmas album for people who don't want to listen to Christmas music? Most of the pieces have a subtle reference to a traditional Christmas song. You could buy this as a Christmas gift for a friend who likes avant-garde jazz. Maybe that's it. Or treat yourself. Or maybe you have some hip relatives. Freak out your boss. The Beach Boys, the Ventures, Kenny Burrell-everybody else has a Christmas album. Bodo couldn't be left out.