I wanted to remind everyone taking part in the Christmas Card Swap that cards should be sent by the end of this week if at all possible please. If you have any trouble let me know, otherwise I hope that lots of cards are busy winging their way all around the world!
On Tuesday I was casting ideas around in my head as to what to post today on a Christmas theme, and for inspiration I looked at Sandra's post on Blogmass 2014, The 25 days of Christmas to see what that topic for today (4th December). It is Favourite Christmas Song.
All well and good, I thought while I was out running errands I would think about my favourite songs and choose which one to talk about. Well, that was a major mistake! I drove from place to place doing all that I needed to and getting what I needed. Singing away to myself, humming and listening to cd's of Christmas music in the car - yeah, I still have cd's, no MP3 or even digital radio in my old car!!
None of that was any help at all. I knew the song, I had the idea of it in my head. Could I remember the name of it? No. The name of the singer? No. The tune? You guessed it. No. Hopeless. How can you have a favourite Christmas song and not know the name of it, the singer or the words!! I mean. Anyway, I put it down to thinking about it too much and put on the radio and forgot all about it.
I would have to post about something else today it seemed.
Then I looked at Trace's post in the evening, which asked what is your favourite Christmas song....
Oh no went my heart. What to say. So I explained in a long winded way that I had no idea. I pressed publish and went to move on.
Then all of a sudden, inspiration struck, I could just google it! We google everything else so why not this!
I searched and about oh 3 seconds later had my answer. I went back to Trace's blog and left the answer.
So, now after that great long explanation, and knowing that I now know the answer, I guess that you want to know too!
Well, it is I believe in Father Christmas by Greg Lake. I realise that this isn't the traditional Christmas song. It was controversial when it was released, an online encyclopaedia* has this to say:-
Although it is often categorised as a Christmas song this was not Lake's intention. Lake claims to have written the song in protest at the commercialisation of Christmas. Sinfeld [a co writer of the song] however, claims that the words are about a loss of innocence and childhood belief.
The song is often misinterpreted as an anti-religious song and, because of this, Lake was surprised at its success.
"... Christmas was a time of family warmth and love. There was a feeling of forgiveness, acceptance. And I do believe in Father Christmas"
I don't have any idea myself if it is an anti Christmas song, or an anti war song, about Father Christmas or not, but the words of the song speak to me. Especially these:-
"I wish you a hopeful Christmas, I wish you a brave New Year, All anguish pain and sadness, Leave your heart and let your road be clear"
I have lots of other favourite songs, but this is the one that I was trying to remember. They are mostly old songs, I am not very good with new ones. Not being "down with the kids" and all - that sentence would make any teenager cringe or sure! I love hymns. O Come All Ye Faithful especially, and Once in Royal David's City. I listen to these many times before Christmas and have several cd's of hymns that I play in the car. So I cannot really say what my Favourite Christmas Song is, but
I wish you a hopeful Christmas, I wish you a brave New Year, All anguish pain and sadness, Leave your heart and let your road be clear
The images in this post were done using the software on Picmonkey. Several of you also asked about how I made the trees sparkle in my post on Monday about Basildon Park. Sadly I don't know how. Picasa did it to my pictures one day last year and I just used them again! They are pretty though and thank you for the compliments!
Note added January 2015 - the pictures probably don't sparkle now because a large number of pictures were accidentally deleted and not necessarily replaced correctly, although I did them as nearly as I could.