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…