'Tis the season, a time not just filled with peace and joy, but one where our favorite metal artists spread their holiday cheer through readings of holiday stories. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich took to BBC Radio 2 recently to deliver a reading of the modern holiday classic - and appropriately titled for his career - Stick Man.

Likely no stranger to lulling little ones to sleep with holiday inspired tales as he has three children of his own, Ulrich gives a passionate take on what he calls "a cozy Christmas story." You can listen to him read Stick Man in the player below.

First published in 2008 by Alison Green Books, Stick Man has become one of the best-loved books from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, who also created The Gruffalo. According to the book's official website, it's a tale of adventure, courage and the wonderful bond of family, perfect to share at any time of year.

"After going for a jog one morning, Stick Man encounters a bounding dog, who just wants to play fetch," the summary says. "This sparks a series of unfortunate adventures, which lead him far from home. As the seasons pass Stick Man meets a surprising friend who might just be able to help him get home. Will he get back to the family tree in time for Christmas?"

Only Ulrich can answer that question it seems.

In somewhat related news, last month the drummer said he would be fine if one day far in the future, the story of Metallica live in concert could be told via a hologram, much like what is being done right now with Ronnie James Dio.

"I believe the basic human need is to connect to other human beings — that's what we all strive for in any way possible," he said. "So if there's a way that that could be…100 years from now, 50 years from now, and I'm a hologram, fine with me. It's fine with me."

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