December – I Believe In Father Christmas by Greg Lake

December – a popular holiday song this time of year – I Believe In Father Christmas by Greg Lake

Lake says that he does believe in Father Christmas (known in America as Santa Claus), and says of the holiday and his inspiration for the song: “For me as a child, it was the visual image of peace on earth and goodwill toward men.

Interesting facts about I Believe In Father Christmas & Greg Lake

Lake created the song in August, and was surprised when it started climbing the charts in December. Many people misinterpreted it as an anti-religious song, and he thought it wouldn’t go over well as a single.

Lake was the lead singer and guitarist for Emerson, Lake And Palmer. The group rarely released singles, and cracked the UK Top 40 just once, with “Fanfare For The Common Man” in 1977.

Pete Sinfield, who wrote lyrics for many Emerson, Lake And Palmer songs, helped write this.

Lake (from Mojo magazine): “I find it appalling when people say it’s politically incorrect to talk about Christmas, you’ve got to talk about ‘The Holiday Season.’ Christmas was a time of family warmth and love. There was a feeling of forgiveness, acceptance. And I do believe in Father Christmas.”

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15 thoughts on “December – I Believe In Father Christmas by Greg Lake

    • Laurel, I had not really listened to the words either, I searched for them and the ending of the song lyrics are ‘The christmas we get we deserve’ – interesting. Thanks dear for stopping by – hope your weekend is going well. 🙂


  1. RIP Greg Lake …. my elder brother and I both loved ELP and my sister-in-law told me my brother shed tears when he heard the news and said ‘more of my youth just left the party’. A lovely choice of song and as you might have guessed, a favourite in that it instantly recalls my own youth!

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  2. For me, the passing of Greg Lake was very sad. His career, with Emerson Lake and Palmer and solo, had a very positive effect on the music world in general. And this song is, to me anyway, a profound anthem for Christmas. Thanks for sharing this.

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