50. John Fahey The First Noel Tiring of the fact that no one wanted to buy albums of experimental American primitive guitar music, but they bought White Christmas every year, John Fahey recorded an album of Christmas instrumentals. It was, by a margin, his bestselling record. Atypical of his work, but beautiful. 49. The Sonics Don’t Believe in Christmas The Sonics believed some folks liked the taste of straight strychnine, so of course they didn’t believe in Christmas. What happened when they stayed up late to try to catch a glimpse of Santa? “Well, sure enough, don’t ya know / The fat boy didn’t show.” Cheeky so-and-sos. 48. Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing) Sounding much more like Ash than Emmy the Great – and the loudest, most raucous thing on their 2011 Christmas album – this is a song that sounds joyous, but is really about the desire to escape, to anywhere that isn’t cold. So long as … [Read more...] about The 50 greatest Christmas songs – ranked!
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Last month the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser resigned from St Paul's Cathedral, saying he could imagine Jesus being born at the Occupy camp. This month, the jeans-and-T-shirt-wearing reverend is on our panel of Christmas song judges – tasked with finding the perfect piece of festive pop by giving marks out of 10 to six yuletide hits. Also on the panel are: hitmaker Mike Batt, who wrote David Essex's A Winter's Tale (and, er, The Wombles' Wombling Merry Christmas); Emma Hornby, senior lecturer in music at Bristol University; and Christmas party-planner-to-the-stars Firgas Esack. Here's what they thought. The rough-and-ready classic Fairytale of New York, by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl Batt: One of the best Christmas songs, because it sounds like a real person telling a real story, which is refreshing. There's a natural cynicism in Shane MacGowan's voice but it's gone here, which says a lot. The song's also stopped from being mawkish by the grittiness of the insults. Any … [Read more...] about The Xmas factor: what makes a great Christmas song?
Aldi Australia has shared its ultimate shopping list for a family-of-four to stay merry throughout Christmas for less than $450. With the holiday countdown in full swing, the German discount supermarket has proven that you don't need to spend big to have a luxe celebration. According to Finder, the average Australian spends $1,325 over Christmas. In 2018, the statistics found the average person spent $464 on gifts alone, while it costs $122 on food and $131 on alcohol per person. But to help you get into the silly season without breaking the bank, the retailer has decked the halls with a tree, decorations, stockings, Santa hats, gifts for the family, and a three course lunch complete with French champagne - all for under $450. No need to make your list and check it twice, Aldi have done the hard work for you. Aldi Australia has shared its ultimate shopping list for a family-of-four to stay merry throughout Christmas for less than $450 Aldi's Christmas shopping list … [Read more...] about Christmas for under $450! Aldi reveals the ultimate festive shopping list for a family of four – complete with food, decorations and even gifts
With less than three weeks until Christmas, have you got your present shopping sorted? No doubt you have a list as long as Santa Claus, so if you need a bit of inspiration for the children in your life this year, then look no further. We've taken the hard work out of it and have rounded up the top 10 gifts for active kids, who love being out and about. And they're all available under one roof at Halfords, making the process even easier. From scooters to bikes and even hoverboards, you'll find the perfect gift whatever their age (or your budget). So read on and you'll soon be putting your feet up with a mince pie and mug of mulled wine. Merry Christmas indeed! 1. The Mercedes GLA45 6V Ride On Car Mercedes GLA45 6V Ride On Car With Remote Control (was £149, now £109) at Halfords We predict squeals of delight when your little race car driver opens this dream present on Christmas morning. Suitable for ages 3 and up, the Mercedes GLA45 6V Ride On Car will … [Read more...] about Christmas all wrapped up! Great gifts for active kids, whatever their age!
CHRISTMAS! CHRIMBO! BABY JESUS’ BIRTHDAY! Oh my holly-filled trousers there is so much to DO! So much SHOPPING! But wait! This year why not show your loved ones you really love them with the perfect gift. ME! Well not actual me but one of my hand-designed Christmas cards saying that you are supporting Guardian Australia on behalf of your loved one (or Peter Dutton I’m not even joking). All you have to do is choose one of the fabulous cards below, download it and send it in an email OR click on it to print it out to make a real live card to write on then you put your left leg in put your left leg out put your left leg in and donate it all about! MERRY CHRISTMAS! IT’S A YULETIDAL WAVE! Support our independent journalism with a contribution here Topics Christmas First Dog on the Moon comment Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger … [Read more...] about Oh my holly-filled trousers, it’s Christmas! So much SHOPPING! But wait!