Merry Christmas

It’s Christmas morning here in Australia – Merry Christmas to you all!!

Christmas means a lot of different things to different people and it’s especially so here in Australia. Whilst many of you northern hemisphere types are either having, or dreaming of, a White Christmas, the day itself here in Australia generally means shorts, t-shirt and maybe a big family meal eating outside in the sun.

Whatever Christmas/Festivus-for-the-rest-of-us/Hanukkah means to you, I hope it’s a wonderful day and that you get to spend it with the ones you love.

And after a year of transition and change in 2012, here’s to a better 2013 for everyone.


One of my favourite Christmas memories in recent years comes from Carols by Candlelight, which is held in Melbourne on Christmas Eve every year and televised live around Australia.

The two guys you’re about to hear are Jimmy Barnes and David Campbell. Jimmy is pure, rolled gold music royalty here in Australia. He was the lead singer of a band called Cold Chisel in the 1970s and 80s and had a successful solo career for a few years after. David Campbell has forged a very successful music career of his own, mostly in theatre.

David Campbell is also Jimmy Barnes’ son.

David was born when Jimmy was quite young, before his rock career took off. The young David grew up with his mother, not really knowing his father at all until much later in life. He knew who he was but he didn’t know him, if you know what I mean. He was also wary of being ‘Jimmy Barnes son’ as an aspiring performer because he wanted to make it on his own merits.

This performance of You’ll Never Walk Alone is spine-tingling not only for the musical duet, but also for the uniting of estranged family. The kiss near the end of the song nearly makes me cry every time I see it.

To me, this is Christmas. I hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas.

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  1. Merry Christmas to you too, and thanks for the musical treat! I have to admit, living in Wisconsin in the U.S., I’m a little jealous of the Australian shorts, T-shirt, and outdoor dinner Christmas! Enjoy the warmth and time with family & friends!

  2. Thanks for video clip. With your added background information it certainly is a tear jerker.
    May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year.
    Kind regards from the North East of Scotland,

  3. That was great, Swade! Thanks so much for sharing. Best wishes to you and yours for a healthy and happy 2013…