Sunday Night Christmas Music Byte
“Father Christmas” is a 1977 single by English group The Kinks. While it failed to make the charts, it is popular even today, especially around Christmas time.
It ostensibly tells of a department store Santa Claus who is beaten up by a gang of poor kids who tell him to give them money instead of toys, as toys are impractical; and asks that the toys are given “to the little rich boys.” At one point, a child asks the narrator to give his/her father a job for Christmas. The song has been covered a number of times by bands including the Gigolo Aunts, Green Day, Warrant and Bowling For Soup. The track appeared on several commercials in the US for the 2006 film Unaccompanied Minors.
The track was included on the Arista compilation Come Dancing with The Kinks and is also available as a bonus track on the CD reissue of the Kinks’ 1978 album Misfits.