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One of the hardest things about recording Christmas songs, says Nick Lowe, is the time of year you have to make them.

In summer.

“We thought, ‘We’ll never be able to do this. We’ll have to put all this junk up in the studio to get ourselves in the mood — Christmas trees and fake presents and all that sort of stuff,’ ” says Lowe, the “Cruel to Be Kind” singer who released an album of holiday tunes, “Quality Street,” in 2013.

The idea Lowe has said, was to “do a record which … gets into the spirit of Christmas — thatas not cynical and was big-hearted and warm-spirited.”

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