We may not all enjoy the same climate on Christmas Day, but whether we are roasting chestnuts on an open fire or sipping white wine in the sun, the likelihood is that we are all listening to much the same music.

Christmas, Classical Music Pieter Brueghel the Elder, The Census of Bethlehem(detail)

But before you put that down to globalisation, bear in mind that the same might well have held true for our...

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