Our modest Christmas tree is illuminated, a few presents have been bought and so far I've eaten two mince pies this month. If you're not feeling festive yet these seven songs should help.
MP3: The Blind Boys of Alabama - Last Month of the Year
The Blind Boys' Christmas album contains more hits than misses and starts brilliantly with this track. This is usually the first festive song I play each year and for much of December Jo has to out up me constantly asking, "When was Jesus born?".
MP3: The Blind Boys of Alabama w/ Tom Waits
The Blind Boys have covered a few Tom Waits songs so it makes sense that he guests on this. Plus, his growl is perfect for preaching. (For those who care about these things, Danny Thompson plays double bass on this track).
MP3: The Staple Singers - Who Took The Merry Out of Christmas
I love this song. Like so many Staple staples it's full of righteous anger but remains utterly joyful.
MP3: Low - Just Like Christmas
A Christmas song that isn't actually about Christmas but does have plenty of sleigh bells with nods in the direction of Phil Spector. Perfect.
MP3: Captain Beefheart - There Ain't No Santa Claus on the Evening Stage
What can I say? Certainly one of the strangest Christmas songs ever recorded. You can find it on the Captain's Spotlight Kid album.
Happy Christmas! As usual please leave a comment with your thoughts on yte tracks. For an even more interesting collection of Christmas songs I recommend a visit to Big Rock Candy Mountain - twang, truckers and tinsel abound.