Christmas Songs ~ Day Three

Let’s get straight down to it today. My first Christmas song choice (and one of my favourite duets ever) is ‘Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy’ by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. On paper you think, How can this ever work? Crosby and Bowie?  But it does work, and then some. Every time I hear this song, I get tingles all over. It’s so good, and so poignant now we’ve lost both of them. It’s one of those songs that stops all the holes where happiness bleeds out of me. Does that make sense?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiXjbI3kRus

I think I mentioned a week or so ago that my Mum’s family have a party every Christmas because they are so vast in numbers that it’s the only way we can all get together. Well, I wrote this poem a couple of years ago about those parties, and I thought it would be fun to share it with you.

 

Wheals’ Christmas Parties

When I look back on all the Christmas
parties we have thrown,
I smile at long-ago memories,
such happy times we’ve known.

The Wheals all gather in one place,
to celebrate festive times;
brothers and sisters, cousins, too,
with music, dance, and rhyme.

Our parties in the village hall,
the games we used to play;
pass the parcel, musical chairs,
with silly hats on display.

As times have changed throughout the years,
our numbers have decreased,
the head of the family lost from us,
the youngest now deceased.

But, somehow, through the lonely times
we come together still,
a family united, showing
seasonal good will.

Now this year’s party day has come,
The Wheals are in good cheer,
we’ve travelled to Auntie Beryl’s house,
(some of us on reindeer!).

So we settle in and reacquaint
ourselves with family, so dear,
and look to our host, who makes this happen
every single year.

 

And so, I move on to my next song choice for today. The song that is Christmas. It just is. Fact. It’s the song that has every person who ever listens to it screeching, “It’s Christmas!” in attempts to sound like Noddy Holder at the end of it. It’s also the song that has everyone up on their feet, dancing. I love it. It’s big, flamboyant, loud, and so much fun! “Merry Christmas Everybody’ by Slade.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A8KT365wlA

Author: chocotales

I am a writer who is passionate about words. I find them magical and seductive. I write short stories, poetry, and non fiction. I'm currently working on my first novel.

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