December the first and it's time to stick a sprig of holly on the blog, open the first window on the advent calendar and dig out all the Christmas type posts to spread a bit of comfort and joy around the rapidly diminishing blog World.
As well as bloggers getting all seasonal, so have the music channels as they can now officially start playing Christmas songs for the next 25 days, on the television behind me Mariah Carey is telling us that she doesn't want a lot for Christmas but i'm sure that it's a diet of Slade, Wizzard and Pogues from now on.
Christmas songs come in a few different flavours, there is the classic (White Christmas, Little Drummer Boy), the novelty single (Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo), the poignant (Merry Xmas (War is over), Pipes of Peace) and the ones about Baby Jesus (Silent Night, A Spaceman Came Travelling).
There are a few bands such as Twisted Sister and Bowling For Soup who have taken the standards and breathed some new life into them by plugging in the amp and turning it up a few notches and then there are also Country and Western groups who have stuck a pair of dungarees on them and tried to make them into the scene from Deliverance.
One other genre of Christmas songs is songs that don't really have anything to do with Christmas but somehow have become synonymous with the festive period, such as Gaudete and In Dulci Jubilo which may have been Christmas Carols from the Middle Ages but don't have a jingle bell between them so you wouldn't know unless you looked it up.
We really do need some new Christmas songs because there is so many times you can listen to Noddy Holder shouting 'Its Christmas' or Kirsty McColl calling Shane MacGowan a scumbag and a maggot.