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These are the Christmas songs you can listen to before December without falling out with your seasonally adjusted friends and family.


Secret Christmas Tracklist
Billie Holiday – I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects
Gordon Lightfoot – Song For A Winter’s Night
Joni Mitchell – River
Teenage Fanclub – Christmas Eve
Waxahatchee – Rose, 1956
Lou Reed – Xmas In February
Vince Guaraldi Trio – Skating
The Flaming Lips – Christmas at the Zoo
Calexico – Gift X-change
Tracey Thorn & Green Gartside – Taking Down The Tree
Laura Marling – Goodbye England (Covered in Snow)
Paul Brady – Arthur McBride
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Time of the Season

It’s a difficult balancing acting retaining the sanity of those around you when all you want to do is snuggle up to a jingle bell as soon as September arrives. To avoid the inevitable pain and hurt make sure you have this playlist of secret Christmas songs by your side. That’s because for the most part songs such as ‘Time of the Season’ will slip the attentions of those within earshot, while you can secretly soak up lines such as “underneath the mistletoe and stars, you know you set my senses reeling”.

If you’re Christmas music obsessiveness germinates later as winter approaches there are plenty of songs to give you a yuletide fix. Chief amongst them is Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Song For A Winter’s Night’ which was never intended to be lumped in with Bing et al but such are his cozy vocals and guitar playing that it became inevitable. Billie Holiday’s ‘I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm’ is similarly inclined and quite the elusive for the Scrooge’s around you.

If you’re unlucky and your covert plan to escape festive-listening-recognition (FLR) is foiled there is thankfully an out. And it comes in the shape of Tracey Thorn’s rendition of ‘Taking Down The Tree’, which was written to herald the end of festivities. By throwing this ditty in the face of your accuser you can avoid any cruel aspersions they fling your way. Not that being labelled a Christmas nut should be anything to feel ashamed about. We regard it as a proud badge of honour.