"The Ghost of Christmas" is a song by the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers. Manics bassist Nicky Wire announced the release with the following message: "Here we go a Manics Christmas tour is upon us. A fine and worthy tradition - To celebrate this season of goodwill we will be giving away our Christmas single 'The Ghosts of Christmas' on our website, and newsletter, from 1 December completely free. So to anyone who has bought our records, seen our gigs, read our reviews, joined our website or given us awards Thank You for a special year. The song is old school Christmas, the anti X Factor, for us it's actual fun. Hope you enjoy the song and the tour. Merry Christmas Nicky Wire, James and Sean. 'Nobody knows anything and nobody tells you anything' - Robert Capa" 
Having been made available free, the single is non-chart eligible. No artwork accompanies the single, except for an animated picture on the band's official website of snow falling in front of an icy window on which is written "A Merry Christmas gift to all Manics fans everywhere. 'Ghost of Christmas' free mp3. Enjoy! Nick, James & Sean. XX".