the season’s upon us, it’s that time of year;

Thanks to a quirk of annual leave scheduling and the way in which the public holidays fall, this year I’m treating myself to the longest period of time off I’ve had over Christmas since I was in high school. I finished shopping on Saturday, watched The Muppets Christmas Carol with my husband, sister and her boyfriend over roast chicken dinner and fondue last night, and today is a day for the little traditions: our second-time-makes-it-annual Christmas movies and mulled wine night with friends; the cats pulling down the cards; the baking and the wrapping and a decidedly experimental Christmas cake to ice.

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve made you one of these, and if I were a little more organised I’d re-up its predecessors (although there are so many promised blog posts I’m behind on it would be a little unjust). I’ve had the Sunturns song in a folder to add to whenever the next festive mix appears for the past two years, and the deliciously melancholy Chris T-T track – which I first heard live a couple of weeks ago, but which appears on his just-uploaded compilation of every Christmas song he has ever recorded – forms the centrepiece.

They Faked Their Way Through Fairytale of New York, vol. 4: Christmas 2013
1. Frightened Rabbit: “December’s Traditions”
2. Beat Radio: “Christmas All Over Again”
3. Jonathan Coulton & John Roderick: “Uncle John”
4. She Makes War & I Hate Mornings: “She Hates Wrapping (A Christmas Cover)”
5. Deer Tick: “Christmas All Summer Long”
6. Dropkick Murphys: “The Season’s Upon Us”
7. Sunturns: “Hallelujah (Christmas Is Here!)”
8. She & Him: “Silver Bells”
9. Rachel Sermanni: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
10. Chris T-T: “Boxing Day (Leftovers)”
11. The Last Battle: “Stay (Another Day)”
12. Thea Gilmore: “St Stephen’s Day Murders”
13. Neil Milton: “Last Christmas”
14. Tori Amos: “Winter (Gold Dust orchestral version)”
15. The Spook School: “Bah Humbug!”

DOWNLOAD: They Faked Their Way Through Fairytale of New York, vol. 4 [zipped mp3s, 66MB]