- Released: September 18, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Riverside
- 1.The Last Month of the Year
- 2.The Virgin Mary Had One Son
- 3.Go Tell It on the Mountain
- 4.Joy to the World
- 5.Holy Unto the Lord
- 6.The Savior Is Born
- 7.Sweet Little Jesus Boy
- 8.No Room at the Inn
- 9.There Was a Star
- 10.O Little Town of Bethlehem
- 11.Wasn't That a Mighty Day
- 12.Silent Night
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Personnel: Roebuck "Pops" Staples (vocals, guitar); Cleotha Staples, Yvonne Staples, Mavis Staples, Pervis Staples (vocals); Rev. Maceo Woods (organ); Gus Johnson , Al Duncan (drums).
Recording information: New York, NY (1962).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Cleotha Staples; Mavis Staples; Pervis Staples.
Originally released in 1962, well before their 1970s reinvention as the first family of Southern gospel soul, THE TWENTY-FIFTH DAY OF December is just what the title implies, a dozen Christmas standards (including two originals by Roebuck "Pops" Staples, "Holy Unto the Lord" and "There Was A Star") given the Staple Singers treatment. Mavis Staples is in excellent voice throughout, and the quartet's harmonies are at their purest and most exciting. This is what a Christmas album should be.