A Chanticleer Christmas

Chanticleer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Wednesday, December 5.

I like evergreens and Tiny Tim and jolly, red-suited men as much as the next person, but nothing puts me in the joy-to-the-world, God-bless-us-every-one spirit like Christmas music—not the junky Santa Claus stuff but the real carols, simple and candid and tender. That’s why I didn’t mind that the tickets to Chanticleer’s Christmas program were something of a splurge. I love the choir, of course, but I was also excited about the chance to feel Christmassy, for lack of a better word.