The Holiday season: a time for endless lists of sugary songs about snow, fire places and red-nosed reindeers (unless you're a miserable Scrooge - Bah Humbug to you!).

To celebrate the festive period this year, we've decided to put an RSL Christmas Playlist together with each track chosen by a different Little Helper from RSL head office. Ho-Ho-Hope you like it as much as we do!

Joshua Chelms | Operations Manager (UK) | Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love

A perfectly produced tune from the best Xmas album of all time ‘A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector’. It’s also in some classic films such as ‘Goodfellas’ and the unforgettable ‘Christmas with the Kranks’.

Rosie Howard | Marketing & Communications Executive | Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Alexis Ffrench

Move over Michael Bublé, Judy Garland and Sam Smith - this version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is the one for Christmas 2021 (and forever). Is there anything better to jerk the tears than some instrumental Christmas classics? I think not. Alexis' cover is so rich and warm and dreamy, and who'd've thought you could throw jingle bells in as an introduction?! I might be biased as a pianist but Christmas + jazz + piano = pure emotional festive magic. BRB, I'll be spending the rest of December attempting to play this one!

Joshua Morton | Senior Marketing Manager | Snoop Dogg in Pitch Perfect 2

’Twas the nizzle before Christmizzle… this doesn’t actually exist as a standalone track outside of one of the world’s worst films (minor technicality), but Christmas is all about terrible collabs and I think we have a winner here – Snoop Dogg crooning Winter Wonderland with Anna Kendrick ad-libbing Here Comes Santa Claus. Need I say more? Merry Christmas.

Laura Hall | Examiner Panel Co-Ordinator | One Little Christmas Tree – Stevie Wonder

The lyrics tell a lovely story about the triumph of an underdog. Plus, I can relate to the little Christmas tree as I’m not tall either, and like to think I can light up a room (maybe not the world though)… Just one of Stevie Wonder’s many bangers.

Neil Hart | Senior Graphic Designer | Trapped Under Ice - Metallica

We can all feel like we're trapped under ice sometimes, and never more so during the winter seasons when daylight is scarce and the dark closes in. Claustrophobia and panic are all around, rooted deep in our bones, filling us with fear and despondency: an allegory of the festive season if ever there was one.

Sam Coade | Junior Marketing & Editorial Manager| Ariana Grande - Santa Tell Me

Cast your minds back to the halcyon days of 2014 for this one. Ms. Grande knows a thing or two about cascading vocal lines that give Mariah Carey a run for her royalties. Melismatic and mesmerising, this is a vocal performance that gets me in the festive mood while simultaneously casting an introspective tone. When Grande muses "But I don't want a new broken heart / This year I've got to be smart", is she reflecting on relationship trouble or lamenting the fact she's missed out on the latest Sony console? Jury's out.

Loren Braithwaite | Business Development Coordinator |Michael Buble’s Jingle Bells ft The Puppini Sisters

Why this track? Well for one, it’s Buble (is it really Christmas if there’s no Buble?!) and two, The Puppini Sisters add a real vintage vibe that I LOVE!

Patrick Healy | Head of Business Development (Vocational) | I Break Horses – Winter Beats

This might be pushing the definition of a festive song but it’s about Winter, and it twinkles like an icicle in the moonlight throughout, so I am picking it.

Dan Francis | Head of Sales and Partnerships (UK and ROI)| O Holy night – Adolphe Adam/Twyford CE Gospel Choir

It turns out that your children go from 0 – 16 years old in the space of about 5 minutes! So, as I evolve into a soppy old fool, I listen to any decent Gospel arrangement of this classic carol and am taken back to the finale of the Twyford CE High School Christmas concert in 2010 and our Gospel Choir* performing their version while my youngest daughter, aged 2, quietly fell asleep in my lap. The definition of everything.

(*BBC Songs of Praise Choir of the Year Winners 2009)

Lucian Wheeler | Exams Officer | Christmas Time is Here (Instrumental) - Vince Guaraldi Trio From ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

It’s just such a beautiful piece of music, and it’s the highlight of the soundtrack for me. The children’s choir can be a bit strange outside of the original context! I always put the album on when putting up Christmas decorations and it really kickstarts the festivities for me.

Dr Andrew McBirnie | Chief Examiner | William Mathias - A Babe is Born

Seeing that RSL has now taken the plunge into classical music, I suppose I’m legitimately allowed to choose one of my all time favourite Christmas carols as my playlist choice this year. But it’s not one of the most traditional – no harking of herald angels or coming all ye faithful here. This is an exciting, lively, rhythmic carol by the Welsh composer William Mathias (1934-1992) called ‘A Babe is Born’ which I first sang at school just under 40 years ago and have loved ever since. Composed in 1971, setting an anonymous medieval text, it’s full of jazzy harmonies, exciting syncopations, and dramatic choral outbursts. For me, hearing it really makes me feel that Christmas has arrived. This version is from the Kings College Cambridge service of nine lessons and carols in 2007 and is a great performance.