"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose..." Written in 1945 by American songwriters and musicians Robert Wells and Mel Torme, and in my opinion, sung the best by the great Nat King Cole.
2. Winter Wonderland.
First written in 1934, 'Winter Wonderland' has since been recorded by more than 200 artists including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Selena Gomez and the Eurythmics. To me, Christmas isn't officially Christmas without hearing this song, even during our sizzling hot festive celebration. But now that it's winter in Canberra, we can really appreciate and understand its lyrics.
3. Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
Another very wintery song, written (ironically enough) by Sammy Kahn and Jule Styne during a Californian heatwave in 1945. The Frank Sinatra version is my favourite.
4. Jingle Bells.
"Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh..." Next to the song We wish you a merry Christmas, 'Jingle Bells' has got to be the anthem of the Christmas season. And with its wintery theme, it's the perfect song to sing during Christmas in July rather than Christmas in December.
5. Sleigh Ride.
"Just hear those sleigh bells jing-a-ling-ring-ting-a-ding-a-ling-ding, ring-a-ling-a-ling-a-ding-dong-ding...Come on it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you." Thanks, Ella Fitzgerald!
6. White Christmas.
The most recorded Christmas song ever. And the version by Bing Crosby is still the best-selling single of all time.
An old and traditional Christmas favourite, with the melody dating back to the sixteenth century.
8. Silver Bells.
Another classic wintery Christmas hit. I can hear Bing Crosby singing this again and again and again.
9. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
What else can I say but Michael Buble, Michael Buble and Michael Buble?
10. In the Bleak Midwinter.
A beautiful Christmas carol based on the 1872 poem by Christina Rosetti. I love the version by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge.