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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published November 27th 2018
Carols to troll, ancient and otherwise
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

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A figgy pudding with flaming brandy. Photo by By Ted Kerwin, via Wikipedia. CC BY 2.0.

This traditional Christmas song comes from the West Country of England. It doesn't mention Christianity, instead focusing on good tidings and food. It's also easy to learn and fun to sing.

3. I Don't Believe in Christmas - George Hrab

George Hrab, musician, songwriter and host of the Geologic Podcast, sings about what Christmas means to him.

"Every time this time of year I weigh the way we spread good cheer And wonder if it matters one bit why we're nicer. Please be nicer."

That's a sentiment I can get behind.

George's music can be purchased on iTunes or CD Baby.

4. Deck the Halls

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Holly. Photo by By Jürgen Howald, via Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 2.0.

This traditional yuletide song dates from the 16th century, but the English lyrics were adapted from Welsh by the poet John Ceirog Hughes. The melody was used by Mozart in Sonata No.18.

If you like the Walk Off the Earth version you can support them on Patreon.

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.
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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!
by Alison Muirhead (score: 2|246) 83 days ago
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