Dear Reader
The Happiest Time of the Year

1. The Happiest Time of the Year

Indie / Folk / Singer-Songwriter

City Slang


Release Date:
12 December 2019

Dear Reader’s new Christmas single, The Happiest Time of the Year, is already getting people into the true spirit of Christmas, bringing people from around the world together through a desire to spread goodwill to those most in need this holiday season.

With all proceeds from The Happiest Time of the Year being donated to Help Refugees (, Dear Reader’s Cherilyn MacNeil asked the band’s friends and fans to take part in the song’s creation by sending videos of themselves singing or playing along. These were then incorporated into the final recording and music video. The result is a jubilant and heart-warming Christmas song that reaches out across borders, spreading love far and wide.

The Happiest Time of the Year is available for purchase on Bandcamp for 2,50€. For the price of a hot chocolate or a Glüwein you will be making the world a slightly better place this Christmas. Every cent counts – and a little Christmas cheer never did anyone any harm either!

Dear Reader is a unique voice in the overcrowded landscape of modern folk and indie. The primary vehicle for award-winning songwriter and composer Cherilyn MacNeil, Dear Reader have over the past decade produced an enviable catalogue of soulful, intricate music that bristles with energy and hides nothing

Dear Reader’s full discography:

Day Fever (2017)
We Followed Every Sound – Live with Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg (2013)
Rivonia (2013)
Idealistic Animals (2011)
Replace Why With Funny (2009)