The Killers are determined to continue their tradition of recording an annual Christmas rock song even though the bandmates might not be together next Christmas - because the project provides a festive boost for Aids charities.

The Mr. Brightside hitmakers released Christmas in L.A. earlier this month (Dec13), marking their eighth consecutive year of putting out a Yuletide-themed track.

They first recorded a Christmas song in 2006 when they released A Great Big Sled, and frontman Brandon Flowers insists the Las Vegas-based band will continue the tradition as all money raised from the singles goes to Aids charities.

Flowers says, "Because World Aids Day is 1 December, it made sense to have (the 2006 charity record) be a Christmas song. Now it's become tradition.

"We've gotten creative with Christmas. We've had a Santa who's hunting you down to a beautiful Mexican woman whose birthday is on Christmas, a song about Joseph and the conundrum he must have found himself in."

Speculation is rife the band is planning a hiatus year in 2014, so that Flowers and his bandmates can concentrate on solo projects.