Christmas Songs ~ Day Seven

Ahh, I’m at the last day of sharing my favourite Christmas songs. My two all-time favourites are contained in this post. Both of them make me smile so much. Both of them are a little unconventional. The first one, in particular.

From the first time I heard this song, I fell in love. It’s funny, catchy, singy-alongy (sorry, but how else do you say it?). I’ve Karaoke’d this song more than once with my my besties. It’s different to other Christmas songs. It’s unique. And I love Kirsty McColl’s voice.

So, here it is. ‘A Fairy Tale of New York’ by The Pogues & Kirsty McColl. (Check out the video for a cameo by a young Matt Dillon.)

 

My number one song for the holidays is one that always makes me sing and dance and feel happy. It’s a song that always reminds me of Mum. She loved it, and as soon as Christmas came to within touching distance, she would play this and we’d both sing along. Mum had severe rheumatoid arthritis from the age of twenty-six, so she never danced, but she took great delight in watching me float around the living room, full of Christmas excitement. Such happy memories. It’s hard when you know you will never feel that way again.

But I don’t want to bring the mood down. So, here is my favourite ever Christmas song: ‘Happy Holiday’ by Andy Williams.

 

So, there we have it. My Christmas through music. It’s been great to watch all these videos. I feel a little more Christmassy now. Tonight, I will see my two best friends. We all meet up every Christmas Eve; it’s tradition. I have a feeling we’ll end up having a few drinks and watching ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol.’ (Oh yeah, we know how to roll!).

I won’t blog over the next few days because it’s family time. But, I will be back.

Happy Christmas and a blogging New Year!

Christmas Songs ~ Day Five

I’ve loved sharing my favourite Christmas songs with you this week. So much so that I’m going to keep sharing until Christmas Eve (only another six songs in total, but I couldn’t not share any of them). So, my first song is a classic. It really needs no another introduction than to say it is ‘The Christmas Song.’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwacxSnc4tI

This song really takes me back to my childhood. It’s one my Mum played a lot. She loved Christmas music. Actually, she loved everything about Christmas. When I hear this song, I’m in a living room filled with Christmas decorations, a big tree, covered in tinsel, and something magical in the air that sprinkled Christmas all over us. Wonderful memories.

 

My next song is from a little later. It’s still a classic, but it’s not so much connected to my parents. ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham! is one of my favourites. I don’t care how cheesy it may be, or how dated the video, I absolutely love it. I spent quite a large part of my teenage years madly in love with George Michael, so that probably has a bearing on this choice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8gmARGvPlI

It still seems surreal that he’s not here any more.

 

Okay, onto a happier note. I just wrote this really silly Christmas poem, and I thought I’d share it with you.

Eldred The Naughty Elf

Eldred was a naughty elf,
he loved to lark around
whilst other elves worked on their toys,
He oft’ could not be found.

Moving tools the workers used,
they scratched their heads, confused,
hammers, screwdrivers, sparkly glue
disappeared; they were bemused.

But Eldred couldn’t hide his glee,
he chuckled, his eyes shone bright,
’til Santa grabbed him by the scruff
and told him to make things right.

 

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

Christmas Songs ~ Day Two

My dog’s Christmas presents arrived this morning. He was so excited. I don’t know how, but he knew the parcel that arrived was for him. So I gave in (with some peer pressure from my husband) and gave him a small, squeaky duck toy. Which he promptly ripped to pieces in about ten minutes.

You may think it’s a waste to buy him toys, knowing he’ll rip them apart. But, that’s how he plays with them. That makes him happy, and that’s the point of presents, surely? And this duck did make him very happy! The key was to make sure we grab the squeaker before him, or he might swallow it. Although, probably not. Whilst he loves ripping toys apart, he doesn’t eat them. It’s purely a destructive pleasure he gets from them!

He’s currently fast asleep, snoring and twitching, worn out from his play. I think he might be dreaming of chasing ducks, judging by his whimpers and leg-twitching.

But, this post is not about my dog and his presents. It’s about Christmas songs. The first one I’m going to share is ‘O Holy Night.’ This version by Il Divo is my favourite (although, Josh Groban comes a close second). This song—to me—encapsulates everything Christmas is about. It’s so moving and joyous, and it fills my heart with love.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5j_XuATgRU

 

My second choice today is quite different, and I love it for completely different reasons. ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’ by Wizzard. This song was a staple in our house every Christmas morning and every family Christmas party. It’s so much fun. It celebrates the joys and magic that Christmas brings to children. I also love the video for this song. The children pretending to play instruments is the best part. It was also my Dad’s all-time favourite Christmas song. Happiness is probably the best adjective to ascribe to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnczB6LXkqE&list=RDbnczB6LXkqE&t=22

 

I hope you all enjoyed today’s choices. I know I enjoyed watching the videos. Tune in for more tomorrow!

Christmas Songs Day 1

Okay, so I can’t shy away from the fact Christmas is fast approaching any longer. I have a week until the day arrives.

I’ve spent the last month feeling miserable about the prospect of another Christmas without Mum and Dad. That hasn’t really changed. I know it’s going to be hard. But, what has changed is that I’ve decided to face it head on.

Ever since I can remember, my two big passions in life have been writing and music. Take either one away from me and I would struggle. Listening to Christmas songs has proved impossible, though. You see, Mum loved Christmas. She loved Christmas music. I hear a carol, and I’m five years old, sitting in the church, listening to the carol service with Mum. Or, sometimes, I’m a little older, and I’m singing in the school carol service or Christmas concert. They are such happy, warm, safe memories. They are memories of a time that’s forever lost. That’s why it’s been hard to listen to Christmas music.

But I’m not letting the darkness win. I have to decided to share with you my all-time favourite Christmas songs. Some are carols, but most of them are just songs from when I was growing up; songs we all listened to when we were opening our presents. I plan to share two songs every day, leading up to Christmas Day.

I would love to hear your favourite festive tunes, as well. Reply to this post with your favourites. You can even leave a link to your blog if you like. I’d love to hear from you.

My first choice today is the carol ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.’ This is my favourite traditional carol, but this version is a little less traditional. It’s beautiful, nonetheless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku7ohU1IGls

My second choice today is absolutely beautiful. I’ve loved it ever since I can remember. Although, I looked it up and it was released in December, 1982. It’s one of those songs that make you drop whatever you’re doing and listen. It is ‘A Winter’s Tale’ by David Essex. (Plus, David Essex is kinda cute.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jszz8SEORr8

So these are my choices for today. What shall I choose tomorrow?