I'm looking forward to Christmas
It's sentimental I know
But I just really like it

I am hardly religious
I'd rather break bread with Dawkins than Desmond Tutu
To be honest

And yes I have all of the usual objections to consumerism
The commercialisation of an ancient religion
To the westernisation of a dead Palestinian
Press-ganged into selling Playstations and beer
But I still really like it

I really like Christmas
Though I'm not expecting
A visit from Jesus
I'll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun
I'll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun

I don't go for ancient wisdom
I don't believe just 'cause ideas are tenacious
It means that they're worthy

I get freaked out by churches
Some of the hymns that they sing have nice chords
But the lyrics are dodgy

And yes I have all of the usual objections to the miseducation
Of children who in tax-exempt institutions are taught to externalise blame
And to feel ashamed and to judge things as plain right or wrong
But I quite like the songs

I'm not expecting big presents
Ye olde combination of socks, jocks and chocolates
Is just fine by me

'Cause I'll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun
I'll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They'll be drinking white wine in the sun

And you my baby girl
My jetlagged infant daughter
You'll be handed round the room
Like a puppy at a primary school

And you won't understand
But you will learn one day
That wherever you are and whatever you face
These are the people
Who'll make you feel safe in the world
My sweet blue-eyed girl

And if, my baby girl,
When you're twenty one or thirty one
And Christmas comes around
And you find yourself 9000 miles from home
You'll know whatever comes
Your brothers and sisters and me and your mum.
Will be waiting for you in the sun

Whenever you come
Your brothers and sisters
Your aunts and your uncles
Your grandparents, cousins
And me and your mum.
Will be drinking white wine in the sun
Waiting for you in the sun
Drinking white wine in the sun

Darlin' when Christmas comes
Well'll waiting for you in the sun
Drinking white wine in the sun
Well'll waiting for you in the sun
Waiting for you
Waiting

I really like Christmas
It's sentimental I know


Lyrics submitted by jakechs, edited by xaratherus

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    General Commentabsolutely amazing and beautiful song. Really touches your heart. About knowing that wherever you are in the world, your family are the ones who will always be there for you if you need them.

    "Your brothers and sisters and me and your mum.
    Will be waiting for you in the sun"

    Its about how you don't have to be religious to love Christmas. With out being religious Christmas can be about being with family and feeling grateful that you have people like that in your life.

    Thats what I took out of this amazing song anyway :)
    eddy18on June 13, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of the most amazing songs I have ever heard. spoke to me true and clear. I live away from my home and honestly the only time I get to see my family is at xmas. too true and very emotional for me.
    andystopson March 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn countries where the predominant faith is Christianity, it can sometimes be tough to be an agnostic\atheist - especially around the holidays and Christmas. Starting around November, I frequently get asked by online acquaintances why, if I'm an agnostic-atheist, I still celebrate Christmas?

    I point to this song as the reason why I still celebrate those holidays.

    Minchin is a comedian, and so he can't avoid some flippant humor in here. For example:

    "And yes I have all of the usual objections to consumerism
    The commercialisation of an ancient religion
    To the westernisation of a dead Palestinian
    Press-ganged into selling Playstations and beer
    But I still really like it."

    Minchin is highlighting the fact that Christmas has become incredibly commercialized, which is ironic since consumerism tends to contrast starkly with the message of humility and anti-materialism present in the Bible. But he can't avoid joking about it, by referring to how Christ has, to an extent, become 'Ameircanized' and is used to sell products.
    xaratheruson October 14, 2013   Link

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