This song finds Andy Bell singing of dark imagery concerning coal, ash and blood, before giving way to the hope of a bright guiding star and three humble gifts. "'Blood on the Snow' was just another sound that kind of came to me really early, probably 3 o'clock in the morning," he explained to The Hollywood Reporter
. "I just sang the song into the iPhone -- all the words just came out. I thought afterwards that it was based on the little tin solder story [i.e. Hans Christian Anderson's The Steadfast Tin Soldier
]. ... We also tried to capture the essence and innocence of Christmases past, like those old black-and-white movies, It's a Wonderful Life
and the original Miracle on 34th St.