It's that time of year again: Cliff Richards' greatest hits, dry turkey and a lump of coal in a sock. Christmas is upon us once more and what better way to celebrate than a nice collection of Christmas tunes?

Three Welsh artists have got Christmas-themed albums out now or this month.

Bryn Terfel - Carols And Christmas Songs

Bryn Terfel's Carols And Christmas Songs

The world's top bass baritone - maybe even the world's top male opera star - has put together a collection of seasonal classics with guests including the late Bing Crosby and Wales' own (and very much still with us) Catrin Finch.

Tracks include O Come, All Ye Faithful, White Christmas, In the Bleak Midwinter and even Mary's Boy Child. A second CD comes with it, featuring Welsh-language Christmas tracks and versions of the classics.

Aled Jones - Aled's Christmas Gift

Aled's Christmas Gift

He's the person probably most associated with Christmas, barring Jesus, some Magi, Joseph, Mary and Father Christmas. His version of the Snowman theme, Walking In The Air, was a top five hit in 1985, and many assume he sang the animation's original (it was Peter Auty, fact fans).

Aled turns his still-angelic voice to traditional songs like Away in A Manger, In The Bleak Midwinter, Silent Night and O Little Town Of Bethlehem. Welsh song Tua Bethlehem Dref also makes an appearance.

It is, however, eerily similar to his 2004 effort, The Christmas Album.

Goldie Lookin' Chain - It's A Goldie Lookin' Christmas: The Fairy Tale Of Newport

It's a Goldie Lookin' Christmas: The Fairy Tale of Newport

This album is, I'd hazard, less likely to appear under granny's tree this Christmas. They might want to get into granny's stocking though.

Featuring the single You'll Never Be Alone On Christmas Day, it features 12 tracks of the usual GLC-style comedy hip hop, released on their own 1983 label. Especially festive is Dubstep Christmas.

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