SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
Tim Minchin, the comic singer and songwriter, came to our studio on a hot, sticky summer day earlier this year and said it reminded him of Christmas - at home in Australia. Mr. Minchin's proudly a skeptic and abhors what he calls the commercialization of an ancient religion to sell Playstations and beer, but I quite like the songs. When he and his wife first moved to London, the winter nights felt cold and lonely. December came and they ached for the Christmases they knew, filled with sun, family and white wine. So, Tim Minchin wrote a new kind of Christmas carol for his family, dreaming of home where at Christmas they drink white wine in the sun.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHITE WINE IN THE SUN")
SIMON: Tim Minchin singing "White Wine in the Sun" in Studio 4A earlier this year. This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. A good holiday to you. I'm Scott Simon. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.