Watkins & the Rapiers' annual "Holiday Storybook" is a study in wiseass Christmas cheer. Formed in 1997, the band will play a fresh new batch of Christmas tunes, which fly in the face of our country's annoying obsession with silent nights, mangers, and red-nosed anything. The songs are about such topics as unionizing elves and organizing a strike at the North Pole, dancing with uncooperative Christmas lights, and grappling with Christmas card etiquette. These cats play with a heart of swing, acoustically and gently plugged in. Come and deck the halls with them; gay apparel is optional.