Tim Minchin is mostly known for his funny, silly, and satirical songs. What sometimes gets forgotten is just how good a songwriter he really is, and how good he is at capturing just the right emotional tone for a song - which is why he is so good as a musical humorist. But that's not the important point here. What is important is that in a beautiful, pointed and poignant song, Minchin is able to capture exactly what is truly wonderful about Christmas while giving it the melancholy tone that always seems to run as an undercurrent to the holiday. My writing skills are too feeble to adequately express the mixture of almost cloying forthright love for Christmas mixed with a mild amount of cynicism that is found in the song, so I'll mostly let Tim's lyrics do the talking here.
This song also kind of makes me want to move to Australia, so that Christmas will be a time of sunny days and white wine. Maybe. It's a long way away though, so it would make it less likely that I would see the people I want to see on Christmas, so moving there for the sunshine and alcohol to share with them would probably be somewhat self-defeating.
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