Was This A Wanted Or An Unwanted Gift From Christmas 1995?

By Steve McSteveface

If you were following the UK charts back in 1995 you may remember this OR you may have locked all knowledge of it in drawer with all the other unwanted gifts…

‘The Gift of Christmas’ was a 1995 charity single by supergroup called Childliners in aid of the children’s charity Childline.

The song was written by Tony Mortimer of East 17. In a similar fashion to ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ by Band Aid, the song featured popular chart acts of the time such as Boyzone, East 17, Backstreet Boys, Dannii Minogue, Peter Andre and many more. How many do you remember?

The song peaked at number 9 on the UK Singles Chart and has pretty much never heard the light of day again – until now. So, as an extra gift this year here’s the live performance too!

Finally, just in case you wanted to sing along (I know you do!) then here’s the lyrics.

“Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Who said that Christmas, yeah
Was only for kids, yeah

We may think it isn’t
But we all know it is

Don’t forget the sad ones
The poor ones and the rest

Let’s all come together
And make this one the best

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Don’t forget the child
When born was showered in gifts

How quickly we forget
Just what Christmas is

The wise men and the shepherds
They started up this thing

So long it’s been tradition
Make sure it doesn’t end

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Another child dies while Mama cries
Wise are the eyes that realize like sunrise
Keep growing and showing
And while the tears, they keep flowing
There never knowing where the other meal will come from
So we jumped off the rack to give back with a track
It’s so easy to help, and help is the fact
‘Cause while the turkey you’re carving could be a child starving
We all need a lift and love is a free gift

Now at Christmas time everybody will sing
Make all the children smile and grin
Some of them small, some of them look thin
All they need is a little loving
So all of the people just keep moving
Once a year you have to give something
Christmas time and it just now begin
Watch how the children start dancing

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest”

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Written by Steve

I’m Steve and live in a village called Alford (home of Emeli Sande & birthplace of the Aberdeen Angus cow) in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. I currently work in the IT industry (yawn) I just want to share my ideas, findings and general reflections with whoever wants to listen.

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