Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas Songs Day 5 - Elton John - Step Into Christmas

Day 5 of my songs for Christmas and today its Sir Elton John with his brilliant 'Step into Christmas'.

Step into Christmas was released back in 1973. What I didn't know is that there was a B side to this single titled 'Ho, Ho, Ho (Who'd be a turkey at Christmas)'!! Little fact for you there fact fans!!

Back to the better known A side. It peaked at number 24 in the UK singles chart which surprised me given its subsequent longevity. It is a great song, and it still sounds good. Elton has released so many great songs, but this is one of my fav Christmas songs ever.

This song sounds like a 70's song, but it also sounds good when its played at Christmas time. This was in fact Elton in collaboration with Bernie Taupin, who he has worked with for many many years. Elton is one of the all time greatest British artists, and its no surprise that he's up there with one of the best festive songs too.

So there we have my choice for Day 5.

Check out my previous choices for the first 4 days:

Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

Christmas Songs Day 4 - Wham - Last Christmas

So for Day 4 I have chosen this classic from Wham 'Last Christmas'.

This was unbelievably released way back in 1984. It peaked at number 2 in the UK singles chart, held off by Band Aid, who Wham were also part of, so not all that bad!!

Wham were huge back in the 80's - I remember, even at the tender age of 8 that year, having the biggest crush on Mr George Michael!!

The video was the height of cheesiness, and seems even more silly in retrospect - time has not been kind to those fashion styles!! However, the song has stood the test of time and still sounds great.

This is what it is - pop cheesy Christmas tastic!! I love Wham and I love this song, and it makes me feel very nostalgic and Christmassy all at the same time.

So there we have Day 4.

Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

Christmas songs Day 3 - Band Aid - Do They Know its Christmas

My choice for Day 3 is the charity single 'Do They Know its Christmas' by Band Aid.

Love it or hate it, you can't deny that this is one of the most famous / infamous Christmas songs ever. Some say this song is political and a little bit patronising - I think people should just enjoy it for what it is.

Released in 1984, this was the idea of Bob Geldoff (whoo?? if you are under 30) and Midge Ure (who!!?) . Bob Geldoff was very famous back in the day and he was in a band too and so was Midge Ure - The BoomTown Rats and Ultravox respectively.

Featuring some of the biggest stars of the day, this was an absolute groundbreaking effort. U2's Bono, Status Quo, Phil Collins, Simon Le Bon, Tony Hadley, Boy George, Sting, George Michael plus more - this was on an epic scale!!

This song has had its criticism, but its endured. Its been rehashed for a new generation, but the original endures. Hitting number 1 in the UK single chart, its still on the best Christmas songs list to date.

So there we have it - Day 3. Happy Christmas :) chris

Things to do when it snows

  • Snowball fight
  • Walking 
  • Make a snowman
  • Take icy selfies
  • Get your wellies on
  • Make snow angels
  • Turn the heating up
  • Put your onesie on
  • Have a hot toddy
  • Get arty
  • Take snow photos
  • Grit your paths
  • Avoid driving unless absolutely necessary
  • Watch it snow through the windows
  • Make the first footprints
  • Get your gloves and scarfs on

Christmas songs Day 2 - Wizzard - I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday

For Day 2 I have chosen the classic from Wizzard - 'I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday'.

Wizzard are one of those bands that likely would have been lost in the mists of time were it not for producing this Christmas classic. As it is, I think everyone knows this song and rightly so!!

'I wish it could be Christmas Everyday' was released way back in 1973. It reached number 4 in the UK charts in its highest position which surprised me - given its lasting popularity.

So there we go Christmas song number 2. Totally feeling Christmassy now - go on, stick it on and turn it up. Only 23 sleeps to go!!

Christmas songs Day 1 - Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

So for 1st December my first song for the festive season is the classic 'Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas'.

Johnny Mathis released his version of this original Perry Como song in 1986. It was part of that classic Christmas Film Home Alone 2.

So there we have it - first Christmas song done. :)

My Christmas Lists Part 6 - New Year's Eve Shopping List #2 - Going out

Next up in my series of helpful lists to get us all organised for the festive season, today its my shopping lists for New Year's Eve. For this occasion, its going to be different for everyone.

Some of us are staying home alone, some are celebrating by hosting friends and family. Some of us will be going out, some of us will be out all night! Some of us will be going close to home, visiting friends and family, some of us will be out on the town. But all of us will need our supplies to get the party started! 

Even if you are going out, you still need a tipple before you go and something light to eat. You might be out early doors, or just round to friends, in which case you might need to think about a drink and something to eat when you get home. 

So my second New Year's Eve shopping list is going to be all about going out:
  • Red wine
  • Rose wine
  • White wine
  • Spirits - vodka, whisky, brandy, rum, gin
  • Mixers - cola, lemonade, orange, tonic water
  • Tumblers, long glasses, wine glasses
  • Prosecco or champers
  • Mini pizzas
  • Mini sliders
  • Cheese and bread for toasting
  • Tomato sauce
  • Brown sauce
  • Pasta salad
  • Crisps
  • Dips
  • Boxed biscuits
  • Chocolates
  • Mince pies
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate
  • Cream and marshmallow topping
  • Chicken dippers
  • Beer and lager
  • Cider
  • Baileys or whisky liquer
  • Sweets and toffee