A tribute to Christmas as I remember it, with a hint of what I know it to have been long before I was born, and featuring a short mid-section addressing the romantic loneliness of the season.
Bookended by recordings from Alan Lomax’s document of a traditional Mummer’s Play (the only allusion to past-times), in between which you’ll find the usual culprits of old like Bing Crosby, Vince Guaraldi, and Nat ‘King’ Cole.
A similar, more traditional mix, may be assembled later.
Symondsbury Mummers of England – Entrance of Father Christmas, 1951
Vince Guaraldi – Christmas Time is Here (Vocal), 1965
Nat ‘King’ Cole – The Christmas Song, 1968
Nat ‘King’ Cole – Away In A Manger, 1968
John Fahey – Away In A Manger Part II, 1968
Bert Jansch – In the Bleak Midwinter (Alternate Version), 1974
Unknown – Christmas Bells, 1919
The Swingle Singers – Christmas Medley, 1968
Julie London – I’d Like You for Christmas, 1957
Chocolate Snow – Let Me Be Your Christmas Toy, 1974
Carla Thomas – All I Want for Christmas Is You, 1963
John Fahey – The Christmas Song, 1968
Bing Crosby – Do You Hear What I Hear? 1963
Vince Guaraldi – Christmas Time is Here (Alternate Vocal Version), 1965
Symondsbury Mummers of England – Conclusion of Symondsbury Mummer’s Play, 1958