Bettman & Halpin set out to create a CD that would capture the nostalgia and classic feel of their favorite holiday CDs, harkening back to Bing Crosby and more recently Michael Buble, but with the playfulness of Vince Guaraldi. B & H have crafted 12 delightful arrangements. Songs like “Blue Christmas” (made famous by Elvis Presley) featuring whimsical clarinet by Rob Hardt with Ms Bettman playing fiddle as if she is channeling Stephen Grappelli himself. “River” by Joni Mitchell is given a moody emotional treatment, and “Silver Bells” just shimmers with Bettman & Halpin’s signature harmonies and beautiful strings and guitar arrangement. Not forgetting their bluegrass roots, Mr Halpin goes to town on the uptempo pick-fest of “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”, and Bettman’s original, “We’ll Miss You Mama” is an uproarious country bash. Ms. Bettman also brings us the tenderly nostalgic original “Box Of Nothing”, the amusing and playful “A Fruitcake for All Seasons” and a timeless new classic “Christmas Is A Funny Thing” which should be on Christmas playlists from here on out.