Thursday, 18 December 2014

'Tis the Season for a Good Old Sing-Song

Christmas carols have been around forever - literally - and when I think of Christmas pop songs, other than Band Aid's classic, all that comes to mind is a bleached blond George Michael dancing around the snow-covered Alps (and Mariah of course, we could never forget her).  And then there's Bublé and Rod Stewart, with their cracking versions of old classics, but otherwise, there really hasn't been anything new that's come along - or that's noteworthy anyway.

But do we really need any more Christmas songs?

I grew up with a real mix of We Three Kings and Bing Crosby's White Christmas and can honestly say that both have played their part in my love for all things Christmas.  There really is nothing like decorating the tree with all those familiar songs playing in the background. Terribly nostalgic and heart-warming at the same time.  A few tears are usually shed during Nat King Cole singing The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot, despite knowing the story of the song and hearing it every year. Gets me every time!

But it's not all tears and tissues, it is Christmas after all and who hasn't danced around the kitchen with their 3 year old to Santa Claus is Coming to Town?! We give that a good airing every year and the moves just get better and better (theirs not mine).

But bedtime is where the real Christmas magic begins.  We have this little ritual of singing Away in a Manger - at least three times. This is where I want to freeze time and have Christmas last all year. Seeing their three little faces singing a carol that millions of children have sung before them and that, hopefully, they will sing with their own children one day. Nothing can beat that.

There is something extra special about Christmas carols. It's not only about the words and what they stand for but the history of togetherness they've created. They bring people from all walks of life together and create a kind of unity. This is what I love.

So for me, I don't need a new fancy number 1 hit this Christmas, just give me all the golden oldies and I'll be happy. I love all the Jingle Bells, White Christmas's, and Santa Baby's just as much as the
next person. But it's the carols that have really got me and that I will always keep coming back to.

What about you? Do you have a favourite Christmas song or carol?


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4 comments:

  1. I agree, Christmas carols are wonderful! How sweet is that video of the kids! Angels! xo

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  2. I don't have a favourite really but I do enjoy carols at Christmas time - In the Bleak Mid Winter is lovely and I really love that more recent Christmas song - Mary did you know? Forget George Michael!

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  3. How gorgeous are your kids (so grown up now too)-lovely voices! We love carols here and really get us in the festive spirit. A sucker for Mariah Carey too! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

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  4. That video is gorgeous, totally adorable :) I love carols at Christmas, there really is something very special about listening to them, I love to listen to a choir; although cute kids is a close second! Have a wonderful Christmas x #brillblogposts

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