This Christmas song was first heard by Cliff Richard when it was played to him by the song's writer, Chris Eaton at the previous year's office party. Eaton was a songwriter who was signed with Richard's Patch Music publishing house. He had written in the early 1980s "Lost in a Lonely World" and "Summer Rain" for the singer's Wired for Sound album.
This was Cliff Richard's 100th Top 40 hit in the UK.
The song's success meant that Cliff Richard became the first artist to achieve #1s in the UK in five different decades. He commented to the Mail on Sunday November 2, 2008 concerning the lack of airplay his records get on UK radio these days: "You can't beat having #1s and, of course, this was my #1 of the '90s. By that stage in your career you don't give up trying to get to #1 but you don't get so much airplay and it gets more difficult. Radio stations have playlists where they don't air certain songs until the week before Christmas. You're thinking how are you supposed to get airtime? We've lost that connection between radio and artists. Radio has forgotten it exists only because of recording artists."
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.