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Hilary Weeks started getting into the Christmas spirit way back in August.

That's when she entered the studio to begin recording her eighth album, "Christmas Once Again."

Outside, it was 90 degrees. Local producers Tyler Castleton and Scott Wiley, who worked with Weeks on the album, decorated the studio with stockings, lights, a train and other decor to set a festive mood.

"The studio was so fun this time," she said. "It was just fun to get into the Christmas spirit."

Released by Shadow Mountain Records, "Christmas Once Again" is Weeks' second Christmas album -- and she's very pleased with the finished product. Singing about Christ is just up her alley. She's made a career for herself in the religious music market. "I think we tend to write about or paint about or sculpt about ... the things we care most about," she said. "The Savior and the gospel (have) always been at the center of my life, and that's always what I've enjoyed writing about the very most."

Christmas favorites such as "Away in a Manger" and "O, Come, All ye Faithful" are found alongside Weeks' three original songs. The album's title track, "Christmas Once Again," is one of those original songs. It details some of the tell-tale characteristics of the season.

Weeks says "Is There Room" is one of her personal favorites. As its title suggests, the song references Joseph and Mary's attempt to find room in the inn. What's more, it's about people finding room in their hearts for the Savior.

"Is there room to stop and really appreciate what the Christmas season means?" Weeks said. "Because of my love writing about the Savior, I really enjoyed writing that song." For the first time in her 13 years of recording, members of Weeks' family make a debut on the album. Her two daughters, ages 8 and 10, sing in a children's choir on the track "First Lullaby/Silent Night."

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