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Longtime friends and long-ago Grease co-stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John chose to team up once again in 2012, this time for a Christmas album designed to benefit their respective charities, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Center and the Jett Travolta Foundation. So, This Christmas is camp for a cause, a cheerful celebration of the familiar trappings of the season. There are friends by the busload -- Cliff Richard, Chick Corea, Barbra Streisand, Kenny G, Tony Bennett, and James Taylor all pop in for a tune -- there's a production as clean and crisp as newly fallen snow, there's as much cheesy Christmas cheer as a stack of reindeer sweaters sitting underneath a plastic Christmas tree. Musically, the only left turn arrives in the amiably rocking new song "I Think You Might Like It" -- its guitars sound randier than the rest of the record but that's certainly on a relative scale -- otherwise these are songs you know by heart, all sung with a visible smile that's either ingratiating or insufferably, unwittingly campy, depending on your perspective. The thing of it is, This Christmas winds up serving both audiences equally well: it'll brighten the season of fans who take this at face value, and for those looking for a ridiculous dose of celeb Christmas cheer, Travolta's asides to "Liv" will more than fulfill their needs. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Baby It's Cold Outside Olivia Newton-John / John Travolta 3:20
  3. 2 Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Olivia Newton-John / John Travolta 2:13
  4. 3 I'll Be Home for Christmas Olivia Newton-John / John Travolta 3:27
  5. 4 This Christmas Olivia Newton-John / John Travolta 4:26
  6. 5 Silent Night Olivia Newton-John / John Travolta 4:49
  7. 6 The Christmas Waltz Olivia Newton-John / John Travolta 3:0
  8. 7 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Olivia Newton-John / John Travolta 4:36
  9. 8 Winter Wonderland Olivia Newton-John / John Travolta 2:31
  10. 9 White Christmas Olivia Newton-John / John Travolta 3:17
  11. 10 I Think You Might Like It Olivia Newton-John / John Travolta 3:12
  12. 11 The Christmas Song Olivia Newton-John / John Travolta 3:41
  13. 12 Deck the Halls Olivia Newton-John / John Travolta 2:41
  14. 13 Auld Lang Syne/Christmas Time Is Here Olivia Newton-John / John Travolta 4:9

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