So, I was going to join in with 10 on the 10th and had this great idea to pull 10 of my favourite christmas songs off YouTube to share with you all. Then I realised it was the 11th!
But, a couple of hours later, I figured I could do the same thing on 12/12/12, just add an extra 2 songs. Which, quite frankly, is just as well as I had a hard enough time whittling the list down to these.
They are in no particular order and I have missed a few obvious ones but these songs all make me smile at Christmas and really get me in the spirit.
Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin Stevens : This is guaranteed to get me off the sofa if I hear it. And don't you just love the jumper :-)
Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade : I don't really need to explain this do I??
Jingle Bells - The Puppini Sisters : This is on the Now Thats What I Call Xmas album and I love it. Its a great take on the song. While looking for it, I found a version they did with Mr Bubbly (Thats Micheal Buble to everyone else...) so if you like him, this should appeal to you.
Stop the Cavalry - Jona Lewie : This always gets my feet tapping and it is great that a Christmas song can be enjoyable but still have a serious message behind it.
A Spaceman came Travelling - Chris De Burgh : There is something about the Burghs voice that is quite soothing. And what a cool title for a Christmas song :-)
Christmas Day - Squeeze : I like the pop culture references in this. Would be great to have a modern day version of this....just substitute Morecombe and Wise with Doctor Who lol
Mistletoe and Wine - Cliff Richard : Now, I could have included any of his Christmas hits. I do like a bit of Cliff. But I picked this one because it means something to me. The company I worked for in Ipswich would have a carol service every year in London and for a couple of years, the house where I worked..staff and service users... would head down and sing this song in BSL. We even got to do it at their big carol service in York Cathedral (where I got to meet the great Richard Whiteley...I had to explain to my colleagues why I was so excited lol). I can still remember some of it and you will occasionally find me signing away in a quiet corner if this comes on.
Step into Christmas - Elton John : Another song I can twirl around the house to ....and yes, I twirl.
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard : I particularly like the video to this. There is something about men in sparkly catsuits and big chunky heels that makes me smile...
Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End) - The Darkness : ...and talking of catsuits....:-). The first proper singalong Christmas tune for years.
Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie and Bing Crosby : Little Drummer Boy is one of my favourite songs from childhood and I love this 'mash up' version by 2 of the greatest voices ever.
Lonely This Christmas - Mud : A nice song to wind the night down with.
I could have included songs by Wham!, Jethro Tull, The Wombats, The Pogues, Band Aid, Mariah Carey (the only time of the year I will willingly listen to her), The Spinners......oh, the list is endless. But I have gifts to finish and I think after these 12, you need a break :-)
What are your favourite Christmas songs?
Happy 12/12/12 everyone