“Traditions Rearranged’’ is the name of Winterbloom’s one and only album, which captures the spirit of the holiday season without being too obvious about it. In place of cloying Christmas chestnuts, the folk ensemble performs warm, lived-in renditions of “O Holy Night,’’ “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’’ and some originals.
The quartet - which features the singer-songwriters Anne Heaton, Antje Duvekot, Natalia Zukerman, and Meg Hutchinson - plays two shows at Club Passim tonight. We recently asked Heaton and Zukerman about five holiday traditions they didn’t especially like but have warmed up to over the years.
1. Heaton: “When I was a teenager I used to dislike Christmas cards, seeing people in their red sweaters smiling and reading about their vacations/accomplishments for the year. Now I sort of like them and am flattered that anyone would think to send me a holiday card.’’
2. Zukerman: “I don’t wanna wear one of those heinous Christmas sweaters, but you’ve got to admit that it’s pretty funny to see someone else wearing one and taking it seriously.’’
3. Heaton: “I used to hate shopping. I still don’t love it, but I do like going to a place like Davis Square or a place where there are artisans’ creations and finding a perfect gift for someone I love.’’
4. Zukerman: “I used to hate the tree-lighting ceremony. It made me sad that such a gorgeous, huge tree was cut down, dressed up, and tossed away. Now I understand that it’s part of a larger gift-giving tradition from one city, or one country, to another. The tossed-out Christmas trees in the trash after the holidays still make me so sad. They look like dead bodies on the sidewalk.’’
5. Heaton: “I’ve warmed up to mediocre church music because I’m less judgmental now that I’m older. And even though some of the hymns are not the greatest, I’ve heard them so many times that I almost can’t help but like them - like a pop song you’ve heard a thousand times (minus the good beat).’’
Winterbloom performs at Club Passim tonight, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. 617-492-7679, www.clubpassim.com