You know at Christmas time when you’re at your gathering, and you’re just chilling out, kind of daydreaming, or buzzing a bit on the eggnog, or maybe just staring at your pile of Christmas swag and figuring out how to regift Aunt Agatha’s inspired hand-knitted toilet roll cosy? And then someone pulls out the guitar or gets up and reads something, and it gets better, or more exciting, or more ponderous but in a lovely way? This is what we hope our Holiday Singalong is for you.

Each day until Christmas day, we’re sharing writer/performers’ responses to their favourite holiday songs. Today's cover comes from Burrows, and is a cover of Sufjan Stevens' 'That was the Worst Christmas Ever!' (arranged and performed by Burrows, produced by Sam King).


Cathy Petocz, theatre maker and singer in Burrows:

'That Was The Worst Christmas Ever!' is the perfect song for me at this time of year. I often feel lost at Christmas time - longer days to fill up, the painful love I feel for my siblings, the year slipping through my fingers. With everything finishing I think, Am I finished too? Then I go outside and have some still moment and the Lord says, Don't be afraid.

New-folk band Burrows offers weightless vocal harmonies tethered by warm guitar and cello. Their sparse pop songs speak of familial bonds, idle daydreams, and waking up slowly on a crisp morning in their hometown Canberra.

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Sam van Zweden was Writers Bloc’s Online Editor from 2013 - 2015. A Melbourne-based writer and blogger, her work has appeared in The Big Issue, Voiceworks, Tincture Journal, Page seventeen, and others. She’s passionate about creative nonfiction and cross stitch. She tweets @samvanzweden.