Cheer (and Other Things). A playlist for Christmas both celebrating the Joy and hope of the holidays, and yet also acknowledging the pain and sadness that also comes with the season. Some of my favorite Christmas songs make an appearance. Some songs you don't normally associate with Christmas also make an appearance. Featuring Smashing Pumpkins, U2, Over the Rhine, The Barenaked Ladies, Amy Grants, The Muppets (with John Denver), The Henry Mancini Orchestra, and even Elvis Costello in . a Bear Costume.