PlaylistThe Musical Advent Calendar of Mystery

NeilBy | posted on 2nd December 2014

Your plain old advent calendar tends to be an overpriced piece of card with fiddly doors that hide vaguely seasonal but often poorly drawn vignettes. If you're especially unlucky you might find yourself having to stomach cheap chocolate from a plastic inlay (and no little pictures for you, if that's the case). But thanks to @debmwhite, help is at hand, in the form of the musical advent calendar of mystery.

Say - what's a musical advent calendar of mystery? Well, I'll tell you. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Think of 24 Christmas songs - songs that remind you of Christmas, songs that you love or songs that move you and fill you with glad tidings of comfort and joy to hear them each day during this festive time.
  2. Write down the artists and song titles on 24 pieces of paper.
  3. Pop the 24 pieces of paper into 24 identical envelopes.
  4. Give them a good shuffle.
  5. Write the numbers 1-24 on your well shuffled identical envelopes.
  6. Decorate your envelopes with festive flourishes.
  7. Proudly display your work.

It's as easy as that.

Or, if you prefer, you can be like Noakes, and make a hanging bauble fire hazard.

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Musical advent The Divine Comedy - Tonight We Fly Tonight We Fly is a song about friends, and love and life, and not worrying about what you've missed out on so much as appreciating the things you've seen, and the people you've shared all your best moments with. >>
Musical Advent Gene - Be My Light, Be My Guide The decision to leave Gene's first two singles - For The Dead and Be My Light, Be My Guide - off their debut album Olympian doesn't look any better with the passing of time. >>
Musical Advent The Smiths - Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want appeared as a b-side to the single William, It Was Really Nothing; later it featured on both Hatful of Hollow and Louder Than Bombs. >>
Track of the Day Dolly Parton - Hard Candy Christmas Having first heard Hard Candy Christmas via Tracey Thorn's album Tinsel and Lights, it was something of a surprise when I found out it was written by Carol Hall for The Best Little Whorehose in Texas. >>
Musical Advent Richard Hawley - Born Under a Bad Sign Born Under a Bad Sign is Hawley at his simple, elegant peak. That is to say, Hawley going about his business as usual: effortlessly enriching. >>
Track of the Day The Pogues - Fairytale of New York Share TagsduetKirsty MacCollWhy do today what you can let someone else do for you? Thank you, Dorian Lynskey, for this article on the ever-wonderful Fairytale of New York. Altogether now … >>
Musical Advent Pet Shop Boys - It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas Trust Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe to take the good old fashioned Christmas song and turn it into something that's extravagant and entirely commonplace at the same time. >>
Track of the Day Badly Drawn Boy - Too Many Miracles Share Because the snow did fall today, and because it brings warmth for a cold evening. Share
Musical Advent Elastica - Father Christmas Father Christmas is a reworked Adam Ant cover recorded by Elastica on December 6th 1994 during a John Peel session >>
Track of the Day The Futureheads - Christmas Was Better In The 80s Was the snow really deeper in the 80s? I'm not so sure. >>
Musical Advent Dressy Bessy - All The Right Reasons All The Right Reasons appeared on the Kindercore compilation Christmas Two in 1999. It has just a little of that Christmas sleigh bell sound, the right amount of bouncy cheer, and lyrics of seasonal warmth and friendship. >>
Track of the Day Saint Etienne - I Was Born On Christmas Day Share TagsCharlatanscollaborationduetTim BurgessSeems appropriate to pluck this out of the vault today. Merry Christmas! Share
Track of the Day Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone Share For a short time every year you can sweep up any old offcuts you have lying around on the studio floor, use "Christmas" a few times in the lyric … >>
Musical Advent Jim Bob - The Ghost of Christmas Boring Share Day Job EP by Jim BobShare
Musical Advent Tom Waits - Innocent When You Dream (Barroom) Share Share
Musical Advent The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping Share Share
Musical Advent The Pretenders - 2000 Miles Share Share
Track of the Day Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler - Home For The Holidays Share TagscollaborationduetAnd back to the schmaltzier side of the festive season, with a reunion fantasy from regular collaborators Tim Wheeler and Emmy The Great. "Did you ever write that book?" … >>
Musical Advent Sufjan Stevens - Hey Guys! It’s Christmas Time! Share Share
Musical Advent Rufus Wainwright & Sharon Van Etten - Baby, It’s Cold Outside Share Share
Musical Advent James - Ring The Bells Share Share
Musical Advent Carter USM - Lonely This Christmas Share Share
Musical Advent Various Artists - O Holy Night Share Share
Musical Advent The Frank and Walters - Song For A Future Love What a beautiful way to end the musical advent calendar of mystery... >>