A brief history of festive clips
In Iceland they read books. In Australia they go to the beach. In Britain, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by betting on which shit song will sell the most copies. It’s this kind of behaviour that makes us international leaders in culture.
As a UK native I am deeply conflicted by this tradition. On the one hand, I loathe Christmas songs and all the drivel, dross and twaddle they come with. For me, hell would be soundtracked by a continuous loop of Radio 2’s Christmas programming. On the other hand, my inbuilt passion for self-sabotage means that I can’t help but enjoy the fact that we come together to celebrate not faith, family or hope for humanity, but truly tasteless music. It is one of the few things that unites us as a nation.
But we haven’t always had Noddy Holder and his exceptionally ugly elves to help us out in this cause; there was a time when we harmonised to ‘Deck the Halls’ rather than screaming “IT’S CHRISTMAS!” into our friends’ faces. So how did this crass custom come about, and is it still going strong? Let’s turn to the archangel YouTube to find out.