In her biography Elton John in His Own Words
, Susan Black quotes Elton thus: "The Christmas single is a real loon about and something we'd like to do a lot more of. We've never written a song especially tailored to be a single."
Most Christmas singles are best forgotten, but this one has real merit, meaningful words by Bernie Taupin, and a typically strong melody from Elton. They wrote it as a thank you card to their fans; 1973 was a particularly good year for Elton. The song was written on a Sunday morning and recorded in the afternoon at the London Trident Studios. The single was released in November 1973 and received heavy airplay although it only reached #24 on the UK chart. It may have done better but buyers may have been put off by the B Side - "Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be A Turkey At Christmas)
Alexander Baron - London, England