Paul McCartney recently revealed on his website that a few nuts and a tangerine comprised the usual Christmas present for him as a boy.

'I think waking up as a really little kid on Christmas morning, and just seeing the white pillowcase that we used to get, " he recalled. Yes, it was like a stocking but Mum and Dad used to put it in a white pillowcase, and it would be a present, a couple of nuts and a tangerine."

He readily admits that the family were not wealthy by any means. "We weren't well off so it wouldn't be like kids today with their serious couple-of-hundred-quid presents. But yeah, it was just so exciting it was the "He's been! He's been!" Just totally buying into this idea that Santa had been in your bedroom and left this white pillow-case."

It wasn't so much the value of the presents, Macca points out, "though that was good too - it was just this idea of, "He's been!" I think that's what it is. The favourite memories come through your childhood innocence.'

The Liverpudlian also revealed that Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire by Nat King Cole was his favourite Christmas song. His favourite seasonal movie was It's a Wonderful Life, with James Stewart.

He also acknowledged the genius of singer Joe Cocker, who died after a battle with lung cancer on December 22.

Referring to the musician's cover version of The Beatles With A Little Help From My Friends, he declared: "It totally turned the song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful to him for doing that."