Christmas music

So, do you have a favourite Christmas song?  In my household, we always slightly overdose on the Phil Spector christmas album as my husband is a great Spector fan.  But those old classics such as Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is coming to town, Marshmallow World do make it very hard not to sing along!    I only have to think about chestnuts roasting over an open fire to get nostalgic about the perfect Christmas card Christmas.

The Christmas music I listened to growing up includes such gems as  Slade, Wizard, Greg Lake.   Even Wham’s Last Christmas brings back memories ….  I don’t listen to much music these days but last year I was  introduced to Tracey Thorn’s Tinsel and Lights album, which is excellent and will be played again this year.

One thing that I try never to miss is the broadcast of Festival of Nine Carols and Lessons from Kings College, Cambridge.  That always gets me into the true Christmas spirit.  I love all the carols and know them practically off by heart.   I remember hearing the lessons at my Church of England  primary school.  My favourite lesson is Isaiah 9 – The people that  walked in darkness have seen a great light ….

Not that I am religious.  I think it’s that transportation back to childhood Christmasses and rituals that stirs the heart.  And perhaps the memory of those who are no longer with us to share our Christmas…


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