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Prog's Advent Calendar - Day Twenty with Mike Oldfield

Mike Oldfield

Just five days to go before Christmas Day, and many of us are now thinking of an Xmas break. So Prog Magazine has been celebrating December by drawing on the genre's rich association with festive music, bringing you a proggy treat each day.

Today it's Mike Oldfield's 1975 Christmas hit In Dulci Jubilo, which reached No. 4 in the UK charts. The song, a reworking of the traditional German carol, known in the UK as Good Christian Men Rejoice, originally appeared as the b-side to Oldfield's previous single Don Alfonso, but was re-recorded, adding Les Penning on recorder and William Murray on drums and released as a single in its own right with On Horseback, from Ommadawn, on the b-side in November 1975.

Les Penning recently released a new version, recorded with Magenta's Robert Reed, which is raising money for homeless charity Crisis. You can watch the new promo video the pair have recorded here.

So enjoy. And remember, this isn’t a “best of” list. We're not adhering to any numerical order. These are just 25 great seasonal songs for you to enjoy. It’s as simple as that. Season's greetings.

You can catch up with our previous Advent choices here.

Day Nineteen - Kate Bush

Day Eighteen - Can

Day Seventeen - Jethro Tull

Day Sixteen - Big Big Train

Day Fifteen - Keith Emerson

Day Fourteen - King Crimson

Day Thirteen - Alex Lifeson 

Day Twelve - Rick Wakeman

Day Eleven - Nightwish

Day Ten - Genesis

Day Nine - John Wetton

Day Eight - Camel

Day Seven - Heather Findlay

Day Six - Steeleye Span

Day Five - Procol Harum

Day Four - Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Day Three - Moody Blues

Day Two - Gandalf's Fist

Day One - Jon Anderson

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.