A Christmas Carol: Top 5 Edition
Sorry for the week hiatus – things were pretty stressful with the moving house and it being the end of term. But no matter. I’m back now and thought I’d give you another top five post whilst simultaneously getting you into the Christmas spirit.
So without further ado – my top 5 Christmas songs of all time.
5. Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid
Well, it’s a classic, right? Also, what better thing to do with Christmas time than try to spread a little bit of charity and goodness? I’m not of a religious persuasion, but the message of Christmas – of peace and goodwill. Well, that I am for. So, yes.
4. Stop the Cavalry – Jona Lewie
Again, it’s a classic and it fits into the peace and goodwill element. As a raging pacifist, I’m always up for some peace and stopping the cavalry. Though, I have just always liked the song as well. Let’s not get too serious at Christmas time.
3. White Wine in the Sun – Tim Minchin
This song sums up pretty much everything I feel about Christmas as a holiday and as a religious festival. I first heard it when I saw him in concert in Birmingham, and had to wipe a manly tear away near the end. If there’s one thing in life I’m looking forward to, it’s having kids of my own to teach, worry about, make a little bit crazy, and love beyond the capabilities of anything else the universe has to offer. After all, my parents have done such a great job with me, I look forward to it being my turn.
2. Silent Night – Celtic Woman
To be fair, any rendition of this song sung well is hauntingly beautiful, but I’m very partial to this particular version. Firstly, because Christmas is a time for family and it reminds me of my Dad’s parents who aren’t around to share our Christmases anymore – Nan was from Hollywood, Belfast, so I have always had a partiality to anything Irish. Secondly, the singing is absolutely unquestionably beautiful.
1. A Fairytale of New York – The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
Those of you who knew me could probably have guessed this was going to be number one. I have sung this too many times with too many good friends and cherished people for it not to be my favourite. Plus, okay, it’s an Irish band. Double plus, it was one of the only Christmas songs I could remotely stand when I was a teenager.
That’s it for this top five edition, and I hope that you enjoyed it. I’ll be back on Friday with some new writing for you, but I’ll say it now anyway; have a Merry Christmas whatever you get up to, whoever you get up to it with. Hope you get some good presents, or better yet, give some great ones.