Rubber Soul was released in America on 6 December 1965. I was 15 years-old and heard the first songs from it on the radio in my family’s car. I was home from prep school for Christmas vacation. I got the album as a gift from Santa at Christmas and I have ever since associated it with the holidays. It was like a magical present from the Beatles to me personally, and it was a nice present to the Beatles from themselves — it entered the U. S. album charts on Christmas Day and stayed there for 59 weeks, topping the charts for six weeks starting on 8 January.