Finally, the 24th and last window of Erik's musical Advent calendar! Of course it contains my all-time favourite Christmas song, which incidentally is a cover, but that doesn't matter at all. Steve Goodman originally wrote "Colorado Christmas", a melancholy song about staying in Los Angeles and missing Colorado and the Christmas celebrations of the narrator's past. The line "The closest thing to heaven on this planet anywhere, is a quiet Christmas morning in the Colorado snow" is pretty descriptive of the mood of the song, and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's performance is incredible. Although I haven't heard Goodman sing the original I can't imagine that it's better than this version. I'm not sure exactly when Nitty Gritty Dirt Band first recorded it (the first time I heard it was on an 80's country Christmas compilation), but in 1997 they released A Christmas Album where "Colorado Christmas" was the first - and best - track. Merry Christmas, everyone!