Their proximity to the North Pole would lead us to believe that a Christmas album is in good hands with Canadians. It also doesn't hurt if you are Nettwerk Productions and count Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, and Dido -- who is becoming a household name on U.S. soil because of Eminem sampling her in his song "Stan" -- among your employees. Christmas Songs, the straight-to-the-point holiday sampler from the Canadian indie label, gets down to business right away by pairing the biggest stars (BNL and McLachlan) for "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." Although, compared to other December ditties, there's nothing particularly merry or gentle about this tune, the Ladies turn it into a charming skiffle number and McLachlan's breathy pipes give it that special twinkle. Dido's brand-new "Christmas Day," an uplifting folk/trip-hop hybrid, proves she is indeed worth all the attention. A cappella divas the Mediæval Bæbes (or the Lilith Fair's version of the Gregorian monks) demonstrate what caroling must have sounded like a thousand years ago with "Gaudette," and Pennsylvania-born, Celtic-sounding singer-songwriter Matthew Ryan offers the achiest, spookiest "Little Drummer Boy" this side of Winnipeg. For those who make it through all the tinselly tunes, there's a special gift: Stewart McLean's "Polly Anderson's Christmas Party." One in a series of spoken word pieces called "The Vinyl Cafe" currently sweeping the Great White North, this hilarious yarn involves the adults' and kids' eggnogs getting switched and proceeds through dozens of mispronunciations of "out" and "about." Let it snow!