The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, Fairytale of New York. Christmas dreams, shattered and otherwise. Grubby lyrics and soaring music. Tenderness and hope – which, after all, is what Christmas is all about.
Merry Christmas. And a tip of the tuque to Walt Kelly, who loved Christmas.
Half Man Half Biscuit, It’s Clichéd to be Cynical at Christmas. Half Man Half Biscuit stand firm against the forces of Christmas snark.
Louis Armstrong, ‘Zat You, Santa Claus? Just, uh, slip the presents under the door, Santa.
“Weird Al” Yankovic, Christmas at Ground Zero. Duck and cover with your Yuletide lover.
John Legend and Stephen Colbert, Nutmeg. Ladies, Mr. John Legend wants to nog your egg.
Louis Prima and Keely Smith, Shake Hands with Santa Claus. Wishing you the swingingest Christmas ever.
Bob and Doug McKenzie, The 12 Days of Christmas. May Santa leave a two-four of stubbies under your tree. And doughnuts.
Gayla Peevey, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. Some girls don’t want rhinoceroses.
Nick Lowe, Christmas at the Airport. Sometimes you have to take Christmas where you find it.
Paul Kelly, How to Make Gravy. Continuing our theme of Yuletide incarceration.