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Home Alone for Christmas by Kids of Yesterday becomes festive hit

By Jack Dyson

A Christmas song written and performed by two Canterbury men has proved a seasonal success after receiving thousands of views online.

Stuart Weller and James O’Keeffe, both 31, wrote Home Alone for Christmas to celebrate their shared love for the festive period.

When they posted the video online on December 10 they were expecting little more than a few hundred views, but it has since been watched more than 20,000 times.

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Stuart Weller and James O'Keeffe
Stuart Weller and James O'Keeffe

“We didn’t even think that we were going to hit 500 views, let alone 7,000,” Mr Weller, who grew up in Herne Bay, said.

“Our friends started sharing it and all of a sudden we were getting messages off strangers.”

Recorded at Mr O’Keeffe’s home, the video features cameos from both of his sons, Jake and Josh, as well as his dalmatian.

When they started writing it they set themselves the challenge of including as many Christmas film references in the chorus as they could.

“The chorus has got six or seven different Christmas film titles in it,” Mr O’Keeffe, a teacher at Joy Lane Primary School in Whitstable, said.

“From that I just had the idea of writing about enjoying Christmas with somebody that you love.”

They perform under the name Kids of Yesterday and will continue to write and perform music together.

The song is unavailable on iTunes, but can be found on their YouTube channel, facebook.com/KidsofYesterdaymusic and kidsofyesterdaymusic.bandcamp.com.

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