Getting into the spirit of Christmas

For those people I’ll be thinking of this weekend as I’m drinking white wine (or, as the case may be, grape juice) in the sun – no list necessary, they know who they are – my favourite Christmas song. The rather atheist-y content might not meet with universal approval with them but for my money it’s one of the most beautiful and moving songs there is, and if Christmas is a time for family then Tim Minchin’s song fits better than those of Sinatra or Crosby, much less anything the bloody X Factor is going to sick up into record stores.

Love to mine, and sláinte mhaith to you and yours.


Incidentally, I noticed on Tim Minchin’s YouTube channel that proceeds from iTunes downloads (link) of White Wine in the Sun until February 2012 will go to the National Autistic Society, if that’s your kind of thing.

2 comments for “Getting into the spirit of Christmas

  1. December 23, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Heh! I see Tim’s fallen foul of the Godbotherers:

    “A song by bare-footed comedian Tim Minchin has been cut from Jonathan Ross’ Christmas chat show incase it causes offence to Christians.”

    Of course, if he wants to be really controversial, he could try a few verses about the Koran?


    • December 23, 2011 at 7:56 am

      Yes, I’ve just been wondering whether to blog about that.* On the plus side at least someone’s thinking of giving the Christians equal treatment for a change. On the negative side I don’t think starting to censor what upsets Christians as well as what offends the Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Scientologists, RACV members and whoever else needs a thicker skin is much of a step forward compared to, say, politely explaining to the normally vocal complainers that they don’t get any special protection from people saying things they don’t like to hear.

      … he could try a few verses about the Koran?

      Ah, you obviously haven’t heard his catchy little number, Ten Foot Cock and a Few Hundred Virgins. I’d say that one’s as offensive to Muslims as Christians, so he’s probably upset nearly four billion people with it.

      ** Sod it. There are things to wrap. Maybe later.

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