Late Night: Christmas on Leno
    • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011

    • Posted by: Julianne Wagner

    The phenomena is always in full swing this time of year: Thanksgiving breathes its last painful, too-full sigh, you unbutton the top button of your jeans, and it's Christmas! That time of year to bundle up, drink warm things and celebrate with sparkles, lights, snow, family, presents, and cookies is nothing without the holiday's nostalgic and blissful music. She & Him brought a beautiful sense of subdued cheer to Leno's decked out stage last night when they performed "A Christmas Waltz." Zooey Deschanel, whether she is your darling or you find her a wee bit perturbing, without a doubt, has the pipes to deliver tidings of comfort. The performance features M. Ward's delicate and toasty fingerpicked background guitar and a stage complete with five trees, a fireplace speckled with stockings, and a cushy armchair—a true yuletide treat.

    The intimate collection of holiday songs by Matt and Zooey A Very She & Him Christmas is out now on Merge Records, and is also part of our Holiday gift guide.

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