If you're a non-Christian who enjoys Christmas music (because even atheists like a day off to spend with loved ones, and a bit of feasting and merriment), here are five Christmassy songs to listen to that aren't about Christianity.
1. White Wine in the Sun by Tim Minchin
Australian actor, comedian, writer, musician and composer, Tim Minchin, penned this emotional ode to Christmas in Australia. Unlike so many Christmas songs written about the European experience of snow and holly, it's about Christmas in the sunshine and the love of family. The song can be downloaded on iTunes, and 50% of the proceeds go to Aspect, a charity that supports autistic children in Australia.
If you want to bring a tear to your eye, listen to the cover version song by Kate Miller-Heidke, and imagine Kate is Tim's grown up daughter singing to him.
2. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
A figgy pudding with flaming brandy. Photo by By Ted Kerwin, via Wikipedia. CC BY 2.0.
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5. Carol of the Bells
The Carol of the Bells is based on a traditional Ukrainian folk chant which doesn't really have anything to do with Christmas. The English lyrics were written by Peter Wilhousky, and published in 1936. It's a bit hard to sing along to, but it is beautiful.
This instrumental version, by violinist Lindsey Stirling, can be purchased from iTunes.
This version brings back memories of a carol LP put out by the Olympic Rubber Company back in the 'fifties. It was sung by the MTC in those days, but not on as grand a scale as this version. I just love it!