"...And we're off..."
Regular Calendar fans - incredibly there are some who regard themselves as such - will know that there are a couple of bizarre self-imposed rules that apply on this annual selection.
One is that Sunday's should always be a Christmas Carol while two - a nod to those who incorrectly think it's 'too early for Christmas songs' - is that the first day is usually a tune that is more 'seasonal' than outright Christmas.
Being as Day 1 falls on a Sunday this year, that could have posed a problem but for the welcome help from dear old Nick Lowe who has released his first ever seasonal selection this year. Entitled "Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family" it is, to quote the man himself, ' a twinkling blend of traditional hymns, forgotten gems and originals' and, as you'd expect from one of the UK's best songwriter's, it's going to be something of a Christmas classic.
The opening track is a thumping, rockabilly version of the old Gospel hymn / carol 'Children, Go Where I Send Thee', and apart from being a glorious introduction to the 2013 Blagg blog it also gives listeners a chance to visit the Nick Lowe website where there is an Advent Calendar that you can open each day with a Spotify link to the whole album meaning you can hear the whole thing now.
If this doesn't get you into the festive mood then perhaps December isn't really for you.
Catch it all here: Nick Lowe website