December 17: The Beatles’ Third Christmas Record 1965

Several off-key, a cappella versions of Yesterday are dispersed throughout the record, alongside Lennon’s Happy Christmas to Ya List’nas, Auld Lang Syne, a one-and-a-half-line version of the Four Tops’ It’s the Same Old Song, which they quickly stop before they violate the copyright, and an original poem titled Christmas Comes But Once a Year. A second version of Auld Lang Syne segues messily into a cover of Barry McGuire’s Eve of Destruction. I find this both funny and interesting and my favorite among the Christmas records.



Members of the Beatles’ U.S. fan club did not receive this (or any) Christmas flexi-disc in 1965. Rather, they received a black and white postcard, with a photo of the Fab Four and the message “Season’s Greetings — Paul, Ringo, George, John.” The Beatle Bulletin, the publication of the U.S. fan club, explained in its April 1966 edition that the tape arrived too late to prepare the record in time for Christmas.


  • Recorded: 8 November 1965
  • Location: Dick James Music
  • Writer: Tony Barrow, The Beatles
  • Producer: Tony Barrow
  • Issued: 17 December 1965
  • Label: Lyntone, LYN 948
  • Flexi disc: 7″, 1 side, 33⅓ RPM
  • Total time: 6:20

– Hallgeir