Many of my memories are made during the holiday seasons, the happy and the sad. Perhaps because I spend more time with my family, and notice those who are no longer with us at these festivities. A song can bring these memories vividly to life, whether its a slow smooth beat evoking the lazy summer holidays or a creepy tune bringing out the ghoulish ghosts at Halloween. With this in mind here is a selection of my favourite festive Yuletide songs which conjure the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
White Christmas – Bing Crosby
The ultimate Christmas song and it can only be sung by Bing Crosby. The first two lines of the lyrics conjures up every good memory of every snow covered Christmas gone by.
Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
This song brings back a lot of memories. On Christmas Eve in my younger and wilder days, my sister and I would go partying with our friends, wish everyone a Merry Christmas at midnight then set off home. Guaranteed this song would be playing on every radio station. When we got home my Mum and Gran would be waiting with a freshly roasted ham (part of the Christmas Days feast). We would have sandwiches, sherry, mince pies and one present to open. My Gran is sadly no longer with us, I don’t keep in touch with my old friends as much as I should, and my clubbing days are over. Whenever I hear this song now it makes me cry.
Merry Christmas Everyone – Shaken’ Stevens
Its fun, its corny and they played it at every children’s party I went to. And at the ones I still go to.
Fairytale of New York – The Pogues & Kirsty McColl
One of my all time favourites. Past, present and future. Full of laughter, tears and hope.
The Nutcracker Suite – Tchaikovsky
This has been one if my favourite classical pieces for many years. There is one part which sounds almost mechanical, I can imagine all the toys under the tree coming to life and moving in time.
Baby’s its Cold Outside – Tom Jones & Cerys Matthew
I’ve heard many versions if this duet, my second favourite is by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Although someone recently suggested the song is about date rape which has marred my enjoyment of it.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas – Christmas Carollers
Christmas isn’t Christmas without carollers and this is my favourite carol. Lately carolling has gone out of fashion except in church. I hope it becomes popular again soon and I can listen to carollers wishing me a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year while I’m browsing the shops for gifts.
Silent Night – Christmas Carollers
Another favourite carol of mine. Christmas isn’t just about presents, or snow, or family getting together. Its about Jesus and the love, joy, hope and peace he brings us now and for the future. God bless us everyone.
Merry Christmas x