Christmas Songs (a Pogues-free Zone)
You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot…
These words flitted across my brain when I was tagged by Liz over at The Mum Blog to name my favourite Christmas song.
I couldn’t shake the earworm when Sarah, who writes Mumra Parenting Blog, resurrected the Playlist to ask for a tune which reminds us of Christmasses past.
I don’t associate these lyrics with Liz, Kate or Sarah, who are Christmas crackers any bloke would want to pull. Nope, it’s because Fairytale of New York is becoming rather hackneyed. It’s the Merry Christmas Everybody de nos jours.
Need a minute for your shock to subside…?
Okay, let’s continue then…
My favourite Christmas song ever is… (little drummer boydrum roll please)
1) The Waitresses: Christmas Wrapping
Not sure what that particular video is all about. It matters not. The song is just sublime: a perfect balance of sleigh bells and guitar pop, and lyrics which are about overcoming Christmas cynicism to find Yuletide magic. I loved this song back in 1981 and it still doesn’t get old. The Spice Girls and the cast of Glee have both attempted this song for which I’d like to thank them. In their sleep preferably.
As for my other favourites:
2) Sarah McLachlan: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Love the song, love the person singing it. Voice of an angel.
3) Thea Gilmore: That’ll be Christmas
The joys of a modern Christmas, tinged with sadness, “me missing you again…” Aw…
4) Cocteau Twins: Winter Wonderland
A Christmas classic given the ethereal touch of Liz Fraser and her band of merry men.
5) Freiheit: Keeping the Dream Alive
Not sure it even counts as a Christmas song, but I associate it with Christmas and the lyrics make me cry like a little girl. So there.
Hope you enjoy my choices. I hope too I’ve proved Christmas songs aren’t all about Noddy bleeding Holder or potty-mouthed faux-Irish folk rockers. Check out the other Listography entries on These Precious Things. Bestow your patronage on Sarah’s Playlist over at Mumra.
And as for Liz’s meme, I am tagging the following to name their FAVOURITE Christmas song (you don’t need to do five, unless you’re doing the Listography thing – gosh it’s so complicated…)
Kate at The Five Fs
Pippa at Red Rose Mummy
Noel at My Writing
Jude at Jude Wharton
The Stay At Home Dad at SAHDANDPROUD
“Me” at The Boy and Me
Pink Oddy at Pink Oddy’s Blog
The rules are: Mention me and link back to this page, blog about your favourite song, spread the love by tagging other bloggers. As easy as falling off a Yule log.