The holiday season is once again upon us, and for Andrew Peterson, that means hitting the road, for the twelfth time, with his annual Christmas tour. Since writing the music for Behold the Lamb of God a dozen years ago, and releasing an album of the same title in 2004, the folksy singer/songwriter has performed the yuletide show hundreds of times throughout North America.

This year, Peterson and his team will do 16 shows in 18 days, with featured guests Jason Gray, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Ben Shive, and Andrew Osenga. The tour will conclude, as always, with a gig at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium—a must-see event that in the past has featured such luminous guests as Alison Krauss, Phil Keaggy, Fernando Ortega, Buddy Miller, Nickel Creek, Mindy Smith, Pierce Pettis, and others.

Behold the Lamb of God (listen here), one of the best all-original Christmas albums in the last couple of decades, consists of a dozen songs that tell the story of the coming of Christ chronologically—beginning with Old Testament prophecies and the Passover, all the way through "Matthew's begats" and the title track, celebrating the birth of Jesus.

The award-winning musician (his Counting Stars was one of CT's top five albums of 2010) has also gained notice in recent years writing books for children. His Wingfeather Saga Series has won acclaim; the second in the four-book series, North! Or Be Eaten, won the 2010 Christy Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. The third book, The Monster in the Hollows, released in May, and the fourth and final book, The Warden and the Wolf King, will release in late 2012 or early 2013.

We recently chatted with Peterson—who lives in Nashville with wife Jamie and three children, ages 13, 12, and 9—about ...

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