Instead of redoing a bunch of festive classics and wrapping them up with a bow, Andrew Peterson took on the ambitious task of telling the biblical story of Christ's birth from its true beginning in the Old Testament. Fortunately, he wasn't alone in this mad mission. Artists like Fernando Ortega, Derek Webb and Jill Phillips joined him on inspired tracks like "Passover Us" and "Labor of Love." Strings, hammered dulcimer and an organic approach sets this further apart from the usual Christmas glitter and sparkle. Don't miss "Matthew's Begats" for a rhyming rendition of the genealogy of Jesus.