December (George Winston album)

Studio album by George Winston
Released 1982
Recorded September/October 1982
Genre folk, Christmas music
Length 38:54
Label Dancing Cat, Windham Hill
Producer William Ackerman
George Winston chronology
Winter into Spring
The Velveteen Rabbit
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]

December is the fourth solo piano album from George Winston. It was recorded during the fall of 1982 and was released at the end of the year. It is a Christmas album, and more generally a tribute to the winter season. The album is a follow up to Autumn.

December is Winston's highest-selling album, having sold over 3 million copies.[2] The success of the album, along with several of Winston's other albums from the early 1980s, enabled the record label, Windham Hill, to get international distribution and a much higher profile.[3]

A 20th Anniversary Edition of the album, with two bonus tracks, was released in 2001. The album was again reissued in 2013 by Valley Entertainment with Dancing Cat Records, Winston's own label. This reissue was packaged in a Digipak and features revised cover art.[4]

Track listing

# Title Length Music
1 Thanksgiving 4:04 George Winston
2 Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head 2:40 John Jacob Niles
3 Joy 3:13 David Qualey, from J. S. Bach
4 Prelude 1:16 George Winston
5 Carol of the Bells 3:56 George Winston, from M. D. Leontovych
6 Night, Part One: Snow 1:51 George Winston
7 Night, Part Two: Midnight 1:56 George Winston
8 Night, Part Three: Minstrels 2:00 Malcolm Dalglish
9 Variations on the Kanon by Johann Pachelbel 5:21 Johann Pachelbel
10 The Holly and the Ivy 4:52 George Winston, from traditional
11 Some Children See Him 3:43 Alfred S. Burt
12 Peace 4:02 George Winston

Bonus tracks (20th Anniversary Edition)

# Title Length Music
13 A Christmas Song 2:25 John Barry
14 Sleep Baby Mine 4:06 Albert S. Burt
Cover art for the 2013 reissue


  1. Ruhlmann, William. December at AllMusic
  2. Moser, John J. (April 9, 2015). "Pianist George Winston, playing in Bethlehem, finds inspiration in illness, recovery". The Morning Call.
  3. Will's Biography, Will Ackerman homepage
  4. "December". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
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