Looking for newer, poppier Christmas/seasonal songs from Ireland and China.
So my girlfriend and I are going to be apart for Christmas with our respective families. Whenever we go on a trip together or she has to go on one alone, I make her a mix CD for the journey. Since she's going back to her Chinese family, and I'm going back to my - well, largely mutt by now, but we act out our Irish side more than anything else - family, I wanted to make her a mix of songs from both cultures representative of the season.
I know that I'm going to open it with The Pogues' Fairytale of New York
, and end it with Chris Cornell's rendition of Schubert's Ave Maria
(which doesn't actually fit the rules, but we both love it). I'm having trouble finding other good, modern Irish Christmas/wintry songs, and I don't even know where to begin looking for Chinese songs which fit the bill (obviously they won't be Christmas songs, but good winter songs will fit just as well - we're both pretty atheist anyway.)
Modern renditions of classic standards are fine, as long as, again, they are good. Please help me, I want this to be awesome.