Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year) (Elton John)
How do you define a “Christmas song”? Doesn’t it need to be about Christmas and related themes (gifts, love, Jesus)? Or is it just enough to mention Christmas itself? Cold As Christmas is a great example of a song that isn’t a typical Xmas song but probably has enough festive DNA to be considered “Christmassy”. It was certainly evocative enough of December 25 to be released as a single in the UK and Ireland for the 1983 Christmas period (an A-side with Crystal, another song from the Two Love For Zero album). The lyrics speak of a marriage dissolving on a Caribbean holiday, John calling their imaginary children to speak of “a winter look in your mother’s eyes”.
Fun fact: Ironically Christmas isn’t cold for anyone in the Caribbean where the temperatures only get down to around 76° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius).
The theme for Bestest Song Club December 2015 is: Bestest Modern Christmas Songs.
Criteria: Song must have been recorded no earlier than 1980.