BLOGMAS – My Top Ten Festive Tunes

I have terrible taste in music. Actually, that’s not strictly true, I have very fine taste in music….I mean who doesn’t love a bit of Neil Sedaka in the car? Mr.R is on a mission to turn Luna into a Carl Cox fan before I can corrupt her with Abba but I digress. Christmas is the time of year where I can indulge my (o.k I admit, bordering on cheesy) taste in music and I’ll admit I really struggled to narrow this down to ten! I’ve tried to stay clear of the ‘big 70s classics’ (i.e. Slade & Wizzard) for no other reason than they are just so awesome that everyone going to listen to them regardless!  Without further ado here are my top ten festive tunes – the perfect soundtrack to start the party season!

my top ten festive tunes1.     Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues & Kirstie McCall

I think this one will top quite a few peoples top ten festive tunes list. What I love about this one is its grittiness. It’s has a real edge of sleaze and sadness to it but at the same time gives you all the warm fuzzies that let’s face it, are a necessary ingredient of an iconic festive hit.

2.      Last Christmas – Wham

Oh, George (and Andrew, mustn’t forget Andrew) where do I even start? The video for Last Christmas is everything I want the festive season to be and not even that awful woman giving poor George’s brooch away can spoil it for me!

3.      Walking In A Winter Wonderland – Macy Gray

This cover of the 1930s original is just so cool! Macy’s gravelly vocals give this festive favourite a real modern twist but it never loses that classic Christmassy vibe!

4.      Stop The Cavalry – Jona Lewie

When I started to think about my top ten festive tunes I asked a few people what their picks would be and I was amazed by how often this one came up! It’s so delightfully upbeat and yet tinged with quite a heartbreaking undercurrent. The brass band immediately draws you into thoughts of Christmas’s past and it just seems to be the perfect snuggle in front of the fire with a hot chocolate song!

5.      Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy – David Bowie & Bing Crosby

The pairing of Bing Crosby, old-school crooner of White Christmas fame and a young David Bowie shouldn’t work but there’s just something about these two distinctive voices and the way they blend together. This was recorded not long before Bing Crosby died which adds another layer of poignancy.

6.     Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow – Dean Martin

Dean Martin just has the dreamiest voice and I could listen to him sing let it snow let it snow let it snow all day! This is the perfect tree decorating song – fire on, glass of wine in hand…lovely!

7.      Baby Its Cold Outside – Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews

Is it sacrilege that of all the versions of this Christmas classic it’s the Tom Jones version that does it for me? I don’t care, the video for this is epic (and was actually the inspiration behind one of my school Drama project)!

8.      Mistletoe & Wine – Cliff Richard

I couldn’t do a top ten festive tunes without Mr Christmas himself – Cliff Richard. Mistletoe and wine has to be the ultimate Christmas classic. I actually don’t think its possible to get into the festivities until you’ve heard Mistletoe & Wine.

9.      Chiquitita – Abba

Yep, I had to get them in somewhere. Although this doesn’t have Christmas (or even winter for that matter) in the song at all, the video was shot on a snow-covered mountain in front a humungous snowman and you really can’t get much more Christmassy than that! (Also don’t you just love that brummmph, bom, bom, bom at the end? Chills)!

10.      Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) – The Darkness

Whatever happened to The Darkness? I loved the darkness! They were like a super tongue in cheek, super camp Queen (the band not you know, The Queen). Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End) with is none too subtle double entendre is basically a piss take but it’s so catchy and so funny that it just can’t fail to raise a smile!

11.      It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Dean Martin

I ummed and ahhed about including this one (which is why its a little late to the party). Five years ago today we lost someone very special and this song evokes so many memories from that time. For me it’s not a party track, nor does it get me into the festive spirit but, I certainly don’t find it sad or upsetting. Whenever I hear it I stop, listen and remember. There’s great comfort in that and for me, this will always be one of the most special songs of the season.

What would you include in your top ten festive tunes?

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BLOGMAS – Christmas Cards With Papier

*disclaimer* If you are on my Christmas card list then please avert your eyes now!

I know there are people who don’t see the point in Christmas cards and see the whole process as a massive chore but I absolutely love it when December begins and suddenly the morning post gets interesting. I relish the process of selecting my cards and find it fascinating to see the cards everybody else picks. I’m not so fond of the writing part (I honestly don’t think my hand has recovered from the amount of thank you cards required when you get married and have a baby), so this year I’ve cheated ever so slightly by buying them pre-written from Papier. Papier does the most lovely personalised paper goods (we bought Luna’s first birthday invitations from here and the quality is just fantastic)! There’s a plethora of designs to choose from and you can buy them individually or in packs. I’ve chosen two designs – a rather jazzy Christmas pineapple and the lesser seen Christmas tiger! Are Christmas cards a big thing in your household? I’d love to hear all about your unique traditions.

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Elf On The Shelf

I’ve always adored Christmas but like most people, I was sad to find that the older you get the less magical things begin to appear. So, when Luna was born I threw myself with gusto into each and every Christmas tradition I could think of! Luna was far too young to pay attention but I couldn’t help myself. I was like well, a kid at Christmas! Now, Elf On The Shelf wasn’t doing the rounds when I was young but what an amazing concept (although do come back to me on the 24th when I’ve done the whole of advent…my feelings towards the little scout elves may have changed somewhat)! Our elf is a ‘she’ who is currently nameless (when Luna’s old enough she can do the honours) although I think I’m going to start calling her ‘Tuukka Tuukka’ as that’s pretty much all Luna says (except for dadadada but lets not open that old wound)! Every day in the run-up to Christmas I’ll be showing you what Tuukka Tuukka’s getting up to…what this space!

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December 1st…Tuukka Tuukka arrives bearing gifts – Luna’s very first advent calendar!

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