December 9th

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Firstly today, I’d like to share one of my favourite Christmas songs. Not my ultimate favourite but I do love this version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by a band close to my heart, Hem. There isn’t an official video for this, so please forgive the cheesy Tiffany advert visuals and focus on the warm tones of the music and vocals.

Are you feeling suitably warm and fuzzy? Good.

Today I want to talk about music. Music is so important to Christmas, and every year I have a playlist which I love to play of all my favourite Christmas tunes.

Over the years I’ve added to the list, but I very rarely take any away. One tune I had to hunt for for a long time was one I remembered from being a kid. It’s by Paul Young and called What Christmas Means to Me. I think it’s a Stevie Wonder song but I know this version from being a little and I love it.

Then there’s the Christmas Songs that aren’t Christmas songs, like The Power of Love by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, or New Year by Sugababes. They’re not strictly Christmas but always feature on my playlist.

Christmas in UK is not complete without Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade. I have it on good authority that it’s not known anywhere else other than the UK, which is a crying shame and I’m taking it upon myself to educate all you non-Brits in the ways of Slade at Christmas. You’re welcome:

There are so many more on my list: Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea, All I Want For Christmas is You by Mariah Carey, Silver Bells by Doris Day – I could go on and on. But I want to share with you my ultimate favourite Christmas song. Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses never fails to get me dancing and singing and I hope it does for you too. Enjoy!

What are your favourite songs at this time of year?

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