Thursday, 4 December 2014

My favourite christmas song

I had other plans for what to share with you today, but as the opportunity for photography has been nil due to the grey weather the ta dah moment will have to wait - hopefully it can come on Saturday instead!

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.



  1. Google is a fantastic thing isn't it? What did we do before Google??? I am a great fan of the words to your choice of song. My favourite is Boney M Mary's Boy Child.

  2. I never know what to answer when asked what my favourite Christmas song is. It's like when I'm asked about any other song or film or book or biscuit - it depends on the day and my mood! I do like the Greg Lake song that you chose. I had no idea it was meant as a protest song. The things you learn, eh? :oD

  3. Hi Amy,

    One of my favourites too, I have also joined this as it seems festive and funxx

  4. Hope for all is a good thing!
    Thankful I know the great hope our KING!
    Boy google sure is cool.
    Merry Christmas

  5. Lovely words. I did have a giggle at you not remembering anything much about your song (glad it's not just me). Where would we be without the internet :o) xx

  6. That is a great doing, I agree. What would we do without google? I can't think what we did about such things before we had it! My favourite Christmas song is Bruce Springsteen singing Santa Claus is Coming to Town. I just love The Boss!
    Marianne x

  7. I find it really tricky to choose a favourite anything! I'm not usually indecisive, but really struggle with a favourite food, jumper, colour, song .... :)
    I think I shall go out on this grey day and buy a new Christmas CD though. Some festive cheer is required to lift the greyness.
    Isn't google wonderful - I do wonder though if children will no longer growing up say "why?" as the answer will always be "google it"!

  8. I find it really difficult to choose a favourite anything, and I'm not usually indecisive!
    I think I shall pop by the shops when I have to go out later and treat myself to a new Christmas CD. Some festive cheer is required on this very grey day.
    Google can answer anything and everything can't it. Wonderful. But I do worry that the childhood phase of "why" will be replaced with "google will know"! x

  9. I like this song too, as well as many others. I love to hear them playing in the shops as I'm doing my Christmas shopping, it really gets me in the spirit of Christmas.

  10. I never know the answer to' what Is your favourite....' I'm one of those people that seems to be able to like most things .I might have commitment issues haha. My husband says I seem to find the beauty in most things, even really bad songs.

  11. What would we do without Google. You can ask any question, pose any blogger predicament, and find just about anyone on that search engine. We have so much available to us in these times. I liked your song and the words. Thanks for your Christmasy post, Amy!

  12. I don't like Christmas songs much,but I do like carols especially sung by Mediaeval Babes or Libera.
    Jane x
    PS card 'en route'

  13. I haven't heard that song but will take a listen as I believe that we have "slightly" over commercialized this beautiful season as well! I am with you on the old ones too....I have Bing Crosby playing as we speak! Wishing you beauty today sweet girl! Take care....Nic xoxo

  14. I love Christmas songs and Google is our friend! :) Hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  15. I don't think I can choose a favorite - there are so many good ones and I seem to change all the time.
    I have CD's too. :)

  16. My favourite christmas songs are Santa Baby and When a Child is Born, different enfs of the spectrum but I love them both! x

  17. My favourite of the 'pop' Christmas songs too, Amy - I loved it when it first came out and still like it now. My favourite carols are 'In the Bleak Midwinter' has to be the old music version and a song that reminds me of school plays and carols 'Angels from the Realms of Glory' - you've made me smile today:)

  18. "Hallelujah, Nowell, be it Heaven or Hell
    The Christmas we get we deserve"
    Mmm. Deep lyrics that don't get studied as often as they should.
    Great choice for a favourite Christmas song, and how lucky to be able to get it down to one! I think I have about 50 (at least)

  19. Yay for Google ;-) !
    I must admit, I have never heard that song by Greg Lake... But while I'm typing this, it is playing, and I must admit, it is nice !!
    I almost do not dare to tell you what my all time favourite Christmas song is, it's such a cliché... "Let it snow"...

  20. I like O Holy Night, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) and Merry Christmas Darling (the original song by the Carpenters).
    Oh, and I like all the songs on Amy Grant's White Christmas Album.
    So hard to just pick one! I don't think I know the song you picked - off to give it a listen.
    Blessings to you!

  21. I'll be home for Christmas, is my all time favorite. Hugs to you A,y,

  22. Not sure I remember that song, but not sure I could pick a favourite. I think what it is about Xmas, is that we know the songs from our childhood and the time when Santa was real and for my age (old), not as commercialised. Take care.

  23. Hi Amy - I love them all! I just love everything about Christmas! I think this whole time of year is just magical.
    Thanks so much for stopping to visit my blog.

  24. I'm so glad you joined in today. I don't think I've ever heard that song, but I'll have to go look it up :) I'm getting my cards in the mail tomorrow :)

  25. I have that song on one of my CD's & love it too! Thanks for helping me understand it better now. xo

  26. How wonderful, what a great song.

  27. That's one of my favourites too, along with Chris De Burgh's 'A spaceman came travelling'. I also love 'In the bleak midwinter'. x


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