Firstly, yes, I understand the difference between the first day of Christmas and the first day of advent, but the latter doesn’t have quite as much ‘zing’ about it for a blog title. Secondly, my sincere apologies for getting swept up in Christmas hysteria (Christ-eria… sorry).

Now, I’m not a huge fan of the festive period and even less of a fan of the popular music that tends to be released around this festival. However, as with practically everything in life, there are both good, bad and terrible examples of Christmas songs.

Here are some of my favourite Christmas songs for your listening pleasure. From unlikely Christmas crooners Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and The Fall.

Let me know what you think and if I have overlooked anything @monkeyhotel

Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa on MUZU.