14 December – All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue

When you play my song, play it slowly;
Play it like I’m sad and lonely

Over The Rhine are a folk band, and this song is from their 2006 Christmas album, Snow Angels. It’s a lovely mournful song, and I thought it went nicely with the general melancholy tone of 2012’s Christmas mix.

13 December – O Holy Night

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices;
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

The Puppini Sisters recorded O Holy Night on their Christmas With The Puppini Sisters album. It’s one of my favourite carols, and I love close three-part harmonies, so I think this is a fantastic version. Obligatory information from Wikipedia – the carol is from 1847, and was music composed to the French poem “Minuit, chrĂ©tiens”.

5 December – Winter Song

This is my winter song, December never felt so wrong;
Cause you’re not where you belong, inside my arms

This was written and recorded by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson that I included on the 2009 mix. Wikipedia rather amusingly says that it became a very minor hit in Canada in 2008. When you look up the lyrics, they include several paragraphs of “bum bum bum bum”, which, for future reference for people transcribing lyrics, I do not believe is entirely necessary.