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Simon Mayo | 09:39 UK time, Thursday, 15 December 2011

A thing I'm pondering. At what stage do you start to get emotional at Christmas? Chris this morning played the military wives song sung by children and clearly many listeners were very moved. An emotive song of course but that's only part of the reason I think. There are many carols that get me choked and the Smith and Burrows finale chorus of 'When The Thames Froze' is a throat-thickener as far as I'm concerned. But I wasn't always like this. When did it start? Not sure but presumably it is a sense of times and innocence lost. And people we have lost. Is it this that sparks the emotion? I'd be interested to know what bloggers think and which music(+ alcohol maybe?) that usually triggers it all. Or maybe it is me and I need to get a grip.
So on with the show. And today It's Nigel's turn, both to cook and to confess. It's an Italian Christmas today to follow on from the veggie feast last week and the Trad. dish to come next Thursday. We could spend all year cooking Christmas dishes and trimmings but 3 weeks is probably enough. I'm off later to look for Christmas ales, always spectacular if you find one. Even if you have to limit yourself due to the unbelievably high alcohol content. You have been warned!
So SPARKLY oldies today please for the DECORATIONS and TINSEL now appearing everywhere. Dragging out the decoration box and the usual cries of 'who broke this one?' and 'help me untangle these lights will you!' rent the air. WREATHS, LIGHTS and GLITTERY BALLS agogo.
Have a really rather surprising and smile-filled Thursday. See you after 5


Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    The lights go down - Elo.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 2.

    Morning All,

    Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses

    Maybes laters

    A.

  • Comment number 3.

    Christmas Lights by COLDPLAY

    madchick x

    Hi MTF, just a quick sneak in! x

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi folks,

    we'd like to start with:

    ROCKIN ROBIN - JACKSON FIVE

    CANDLE IN THE WIND - ELTON JOHN

    ANGELS - ROBBIE WILLIAMS

  • Comment number 5.

    Good Morning again

    HI HO SILVER LINING – Jeff Beck

    HI HO SILVER – Jim Diamond

    SILVER STAR - Four Seasons

    SHINE - TT (Wah!)

    SHINE SILENTLY - Nils Lofgren

    CANDLE IN THE WIND - Elton John

    CANDY - Paulo Nutini

  • Comment number 6.

    Oh you pretty thing - Hermans Hermits.

    Angels flying too close to the ground - Willie Nelson OR Beth Rowley.

    And the stars wont pay no mind - Neil Diamond.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 7.

    Baubles Bangles and Beads by Frank Sinatra!

  • Comment number 8.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    I'm going for:

    SHINE by Take That

    DRESS YOU UP by Madonna

    TINSEL TOWN by Seal

    (oops, got interrupted there by the boss...)

    ALL THAT GLITTERS by OMD

    BLINDED BY THE LIGHT by Manfred Mann

    Deebee ~X~

  • Comment number 9.

    Good Morning All :)

    Thanks to Autumn Gale, Deebee and Posh Soul Lady for the best wishes they sent me yesterday :)

    I awoke to a very Wintery scene this morning... We have a covering of SNOW! Not much, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, all the same!

    I must admit to shedding a few tears to Streets Of London last night, I was rather tired and emotional though at the time, but amazing that the song still touches me after all these years. I can't really think of a Christmas song that makes me cry, I will ponder on it, and report back if I do recall one.

    Oldie suggetions...

    LUCKY STAR - MADONNA

    SHINE - TAKE THAT

  • Comment number 10.

    Hi again everyone

    IF THE LIGHTS GO OUT ~ Katy Melua

    CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ~ Coldplay

    CANDLE IN THE WIND ~ Elton John

    GLITTER AND GOLD ~ Rebecca Ferguson

    PUT YOUR LIGHTS ON ~ Santana

    GOLDEN TOUCH ~ Razorlight

    xx

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning Simon (steady with the ale Sir!), festive team and busy poppets,

    Just a quick fly through with a few choons, hope to catch up more later.

    ANGELS - ROBBIE WILLIAMS

    MUSIC AND LIGHTS - IMAGINATION

    STARS - SIMPLY RED

    LIKE A STAR - CORINNE BAILEY RAE

    GOLDEN LIGHTS - THE SMITHS

    or for something really festive from her lovely Christmas album..

    THE HOLLY AND THE IVY - ANNIE LENNOX

    Have good days all.
    Hopefully back later, Jilly x

  • Comment number 12.

    99 RED BALLOONS - Nena (?)



    BUTTONS & BOWS - Bob Hope

    BAUBLES BANGLES & BEADS - Frank Sinatra

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi MCW :)

    I'm really looking forward to Norty Nigels confession, if its up there with his telephone box declaration on DT when Chris was hosting, we're in for a good 'un!!

    Happy Days

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 14.

    Morning! Survived the Office Party...

    SIMPLE MINDS - Sparkle in the Rain

    FRANK SINATRA - Baubles Bangles and Beads

    PINK FLOYD - MONEY (the chocolate variety)

    TONY ORLANDO & DAWN - Tie a Yellow Ribbon

  • Comment number 15.

    Morning Simon, DT Team and Poppeteers

    Ribbons - Lady Gaga

    Will need to have another wee think

  • Comment number 16.

    Decorations eh? The only thing Ive come up eith so far is
    NORTHERN LIGHTS - RENAISSANCE
    Perhaps some chocolate will give me insperation?
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 17.

    #3 Can I second your Coldplay CHRISTMAS LIGHTS suggestion, Madchick? Actually I sent Simon a tweet yesterday saying I hadn't heard it at all this year. Hope you don't mind, but I've tweeted it again.

    Also, how about

    STARS by Simply Red

    ~X~

  • Comment number 18.

    Oh Oh ive thought of another one !

    DIAMONDS AND PEARLS - PRINCE

    Oh my, just herd on the news that Billy Joe Spears has died - Chris played one of her songs this morning :-(

    ~gill~

  • Comment number 19.

    FAKE PLASTIC TREES- Radiohead

    TREES - Pulp

    ANGELS - Robbie W.

    YOU'RE MY ANGEL - R Kelly & Celine Dion

  • Comment number 20.

    ANGEL by MADONNA

    ANGEL EYES by ROXY MUSIC

  • Comment number 21.

    Morning again...

    SANTA BABY EARTHA KITT

    LIGHT ME UP TOM BAXTER

    ANOTHER STAR STEVIE WONDER

    PSL x

  • Comment number 22.

    Good morning everyone.

    If there's a dead horse to be flogged, I'm your man! So (with no chance whatsoever of being played):

    TINSELTOWN IN THE RAIN by THE BLUE NILE

    As for the Military Wives single, after the complete overkill it's had from the Breakfast Show, the only movement it provokes in me is the kind that Mr Evans' seventh prune produced in him this morning.

    The (only?) Christmas tune that raises the hairs on the back of my neck is:

    I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS by GREG LAKE

  • Comment number 23.

    Morning all

    We, too, woke up to a festive covering of snow - not particularly welcome as Mr T has to drive to Sunderland today!

    Can I second/third Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses please.

    The song that always 'gets' to me at Christmas is from the film "Meet me in St Louis" - Judy Garland singing "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas".

    Back later

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 24.

    Talking about getting emotional during the festive period, it usually hits me on Christmas Eve (depending what I'm watching on TV). I also had to try to pull myself together to make a speech to parents after the Christmas school show where there was not a dry eye in the room.

  • Comment number 25.

    Good Morning All

    BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY - CELO GREEN

  • Comment number 26.

    One for the Posh Soul Lady?

    SPARKLE by CURTIS MAYFIELD

  • Comment number 27.

    ANGEL ARETHA FRANKLIN

    a beautiful song but perhaps not upbeat enought for DT

  • Comment number 28.

    A few more oldie suggestions...

    GLITTERBALL - SIMPLE MINDS

    FLASH - QUEEN

    SHINE - ASWAD

    GOLD - PRINCE

    SHINING LIGHT - ANNIE LENNOX

  • Comment number 29.

    HOW CAN I REFUSE? - HEART (ie when the tree lights fail)

    DIAMOND LIGHTS - GLENN AND CHRIS (ho ho ho)

  • Comment number 30.

    Hi Simon and the crew

    Loved Sally's confession. Have great sympathy for her, having done a similar thing many years ago, when I abandoned my husband near junction 26 of the M5 - He shouldn't have got out the car!. He's since learnt his lesson.
    My choices

    Written in the stars - Bruno Mars
    Candle in the Wind- Elton John
    Shine - Take that
    Starlight- Muse
    Torches - Soft Cell
    Christmas Wrapping - The Waitress
    Mistletoe and Wine - Cliff Richard

    Most suggested already, but some good songs.

  • Comment number 31.

    #23 Miss T Cat, I remember bawling my eyes out one Christmas Eve at that song when I was watching the film. I think it was because it was the first Christmas Eve I spent on my own - away from the family home - no family left. Crikey! I'll be bawling them out again in a minute!

    I also love "Oh Holy Night" - The Judds to a good version of it.

  • Comment number 32.

    #22 Harry... I completely agree about the Military Wives' overkill for the last three weeks on Chris Evans' show, especially as last week he was playing it twice daily, but I suppose the kids' choirs thing he thought up gives him and the song even more publicity and airplay!

    Eating prunes on the radio, at various intervals, with Moira chalking it up on her clipboard doesn't make very good listening, so I was glad just to be catching bits of the programme today!

  • Comment number 33.

    Hello again blogchumsters - it's sunny and sparkly here. Wonder how long that'll last?

    As the Snowflakes Fall - Smith & Burrows on the radio - utterly beautiful, but ultimately heart-breaking. :`(

    On the theme of Christmas adornments:


    GLITTERBALL - SIMPLE MINDS

    SHINY SHINY - HAYZEE FANTAYZEE

    LIGHT FLIGHT - PENTANGLE

  • Comment number 34.

    Anyway down to business:

    1. CHRISTMAS WRAPPING - The Waitresses
    2. SILVER STAR - Four Seasons
    3. STAR - Bryan Adams
    4. ANGELS - Robbie Williams
    5. BROKEN WINGS - Mr Mr
    6. CALENDAR GIRL - Neil Sedaka
    7. GLITTERING PRIZE - Simple Minds
    8. CHAINS - Tina Arena
    9. YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING - The REAL thing ( fake vs real in xmas tree debate)
    10. THE REAL THING - Tony Di Bart

    May poop back later.

    Have a nice day...no snow in West Midlands yet...hopefully it stays that way!

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 35.

    This is a bit contrived

    Sugar Baby Love - The Rubettes (sugar glistens doesn't it?)

  • Comment number 36.

    ICING ON THE CAKE - Stephen Tin Tin Duffy

    GOLD - Spandau Ballet

  • Comment number 37.

    As the Christmas cards are piling up, how about this song that I remember hearing on Jools Holland's TV show some time ago!

    HOUSE OF CARDS ~ Mary Chapin Carpenter

  • Comment number 38.

    #33 KAty, are you feeling better? Have to ask, what were you doing up and blogging at 4 o'clock this morning

  • Comment number 39.

    #23 Tortie - I thought there was one Christmas song that choked me up a bit, and 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' is it! It does usually bring a tear to my eye, but only if it's the Judy Garland version.

    A couple more oldie suggestions...

    ANGEL - THE EURYTHEMICS

    A THOUSAND BEAUTIFUL THINGS - ANNIE LENNOX

  • Comment number 40.

    Hi Simon and everyone.

    Awww Simon you dont need to get a grip about getting over emotional, I think it is an age thing that we get increased emotional because as you quite rightly said it is to do with reminiscing over past times....looking at old photographs get me and I am supposed to be a touch kickboxer!!
    Certain points in films choke me up:
    The scene in Officer and Gentleman when Richard Gere scoops Debra Winger up in the factory at the end.
    The scene in pretty woman at the end when Roxette is playing.
    The scene in Ghost when Patrick and Demi are reunited and the light comes down to finally say goodbye.

    So Simon you can be as emotional as you see fit and dont worry about needing to man up...its endearing!!!

  • Comment number 41.

    SCARLET RIBBONS - Sinead O'Connor

    actually on the version I've got - which is unaccompanied - she sings flat and then more so - but it's lovely -

    and there's Harry Belafonte's version!

  • Comment number 42.

    #31 & #39 Shona and Zoe - it has to be the Judy Garland version! The other one from a film, depending on my mood, is "White Christmas" from White Christmas.

    T x

  • Comment number 43.

    No JBG this morning?

  • Comment number 44.

    Good Morning Each!
    Nice thoughtful and thought provoking blog this morning, Simon. I tend to believe that life teaches us many lessons as we wend our way through it, and every one of our own experiences subtly alters the way we percieve what is about us. As we get older, we do seem to be prone to show, and feel, our emotions more distinctly and openly. I think it does indeed have a lot to do with friends and loved ones that have entered and left our worlds, sometimes with pain, sometimes not, but always leaving an indelible mark on our 'souls', for want of a better word.

    I distictly remember as a teenager being highly amused when I caught my own dear Father trying to subtly wipe away an unexpected tear whilst watching 'Lassie Come Home'. What a wuss! Yet these days, I am just as likely to find myself turning on the waterworks at something such as, well, this blog for one thing. Lots of films and the telly can produce an optical moistening, and my son is as likely to rib me about it as I was with my Dad. I just think that these days, there is nowt wrong with the occasional brief sniffle, and it cleanses the spirit.

    Crikey, where did that come from. Back with tunes in a bit.

  • Comment number 45.

    May as well have another go at this:

    WIZARDS IN WINTER - TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

    - an anthem to excessive exterior house seasonal decorations

    •☆*°•☆.
    ✲´¯`❄*•..*•

  • Comment number 46.

    SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND - There's No Lights On The Christmas Tree Mama

  • Comment number 47.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and emotional bloggers everywhere,

    Firstly, thanks for the mensh yesterday, I'm having a good week.

    Sorry I'm late today (Phew, you're probably all thinking, glad he wasn't there at opening time to deluge the blog as usual...)

    Anyway, here goes..

    JINGLE BELL ROCK - Bobby Helm

    RING MY BELL - Anita Ward

  • Comment number 48.

    #42 Yes, only the Judy version will do. x

  • Comment number 49.

    Morning all from a very snowy Cleckhuddersfax. Blue sky and white ground - it was a blizzard at 6am and is now melting slowly. I've even got a robin posing next to some holly on a snowy stump, really festive!

    The song that gets me and I have no idea why:

    Freiheit Münchener - Keeping The Dream Alive

  • Comment number 50.

    Im glad im not the only one who gets teary at christmas. Its the memories of all the christmases past and the people we shared them with who are no longer with us :-(
    Personally, anything from xmas '88' kills me, but this one in particular gets me everytime.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9aYrHzEW-w

  • Comment number 51.

    STARZ IN THEIR EYES - Just Jack

    REACH FOR THE STARS - S Club Seven (Yes, really!)

  • Comment number 52.

    I'm listening to Prokofiev's "Lieutenant Kijé". I always associate it with Christmas but I'm not sure if that feeling pre-dates Greg Lake's filching of the 'Troika'

    I know I'm a little older than most of you on here but, did anyone else, at Primary School, watch a school's broadcast on music which used the 'Wedding' theme from Kijé?

  • Comment number 53.

    Good morning Simon, Team and fellow festive blogpoppets!

    Three Word Thursday:

    CONTRACT ENDS TODAY!!!!

    Yippee!

    Sorry for absence yesterday. Think I have caught up: Happy belated birthday to Lady Stormrider; hope you are feeling 100% Katy; look after that knee Gill; Zoe, hugs being sent your way.

    Song suggestion:

    ONE LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE - Stevie Wonder

    Guaranteed to get me blubbing when the little angel says the little Christmas tree can light up the world. I also cry at "I'll be home for Christmas" - reminds me of when I was married to the first Mr P and away from my family.

    Laters

    Alex-Girl

  • Comment number 54.

    #49/#50 LadyS & Gill -

    Now That's SPOOKY!

  • Comment number 55.

    Lady stormrider, you beat me to it by 2 mins :-) Must have been whie I was posting. Great minds think alike eh? xx

  • Comment number 56.

    HANGING AROUND - Stranglers

    LET'S HANG ON (the tree, on the TV, on the stairs, on the pictures and mirrors, on the porch, on the fireplace, on wall lights, on anything that's 5ft above the floor) -
    FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS

  • Comment number 57.

    Waiting for a star to fall - Boy meets girl.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 58.

    #38 Thanks for asking Harry. I'm fighting it. 24 hours and it seems to be under control.
    Rose from bed just to go to cinema yesterday teatime then slept, hence my overnight wakefulness..

    To be honest, we have some lovely social events planned and I really don't want to miss anything - especially this ... in light of your post #22

    http://ww.salisburycathedral.org.uk/special.events.php?id=140

  • Comment number 59.

    #57 MTF - Ha! Good one - isn't that always the case?! I remember how upset my mum used to be when one of the glass baubles fell off and broke. In those days, they were treasured and expensive items. Nowadays, we can just go to ELH and pick up another box of 24 for thruppence.

  • Comment number 60.

    #59 They cost thruppence ha'penny where I shop

    #poshsouth

  • Comment number 61.

    KIKI DEE - Star

  • Comment number 62.

    #59 I used to hang one particular bauble first every year as I had done since I was a child. It was my favourite bauble with a Santa Claus on it. I remember being really upset when it broke - almost 20 years ago now. It was like saying "goodbye" to my childhood Christmases.

    Right, I'm going to stop being slushy and get on with some work.

  • Comment number 63.

    #49 and #50 LadyStorm and Gill - a superb example of blogsynchronicity!

    :^D

  • Comment number 64.

    No snow here in The Shire it was frosty last night but rained in the night, feels cold though Brrr.

    I love the carol 'in a bleak mid winter'it always makes me go a bit misty eyed.

    The scene in Love Actually where Emma Thompson cries in the bedroom when she realises she has been cheated on by her husband and the Joni Mitcell track 'both sides now' is playing...sniff sniff
    The one film scene guarenteed to make me cry is the 'daddy, my daddy' scene from The Railway Children.

    PSL x

  • Comment number 65.

    Songs...

    'There's No Lights On The Christmas Tree, Mother, They're Burning Big Louie Tonight' by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band

    'Sparkle' by Earth, Wind and Fire

    'Sparkle' by Aretha Franklin

    'Big Neon Glitter' by The Cult

    'Deck The Hall' by Nat King Cole

    'The Fairy On The Christmas Tree' by Gracie Fields


    There you go. Alex Harvey and Gracie Fields. It's possible, just, but only on Radio 2.

  • Comment number 66.

    Christmas decs John! Yes the old ones are the most treasured. We still have some that are about 50 years old, thats even older than me. LOL!

    Talking of mishaps at Christmas, and disregarding the chaos of snow and hospital visits of last year... The biggest mishap I think I came across, was when the oven blew up late on Christmas eve.

    With a monster turkey to cook and the only means of cooking it was on the barbie under a golf umbrella, it turned out to be an interesting time. What do you do? All the neighbours ovens were going to be working flat out as it was, no room for another turkey, for sure!

    In the end, we were kindly offered the use of a neighbours oven as they were going away. It was a rare old sight though, me trotting up and down the road with my turkey baster in hand!

    Happy Days indeed!

    MTF :O

  • Comment number 67.

    Back for a coffee break and catch-up.

    Re what gets me tearing up at Christmas - I'm with Simon on the Smith and Burrows song. The best new Christmas song to come out for year - it's lovely! Brought a lump to my throat the first time he played it on DT. And I agree with Lady_Stormrider #49 and Gill #50 about 'Keeping the dream alive'. Other than that, call me old fashioned but 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' also makes me cry! Especially the last verse, with that soaring descant line. Which I can't sing, by the way - far too high! I always listen to the 'Nine lessons and carols' on Christmas Eve, and I feel cheated if they don't sing that one.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 68.

    Morning again,

    On the subject on getting teary, my boys tease me all the time about my penchant for crying at virtually anything. When watching tv/film if it gets to a sad bit, instead of watching it they turn and watch me to see if the ole waterworks are gonna make an appearance, the litle monkeys. Don't know why but I have become incredibly emotional. I have been known to cry at the 6 o'clock news.

    #52 - Harry, when I hear Greg Lake, I always sing a song that we did in Primary School that was taken from a Schools music programme off the radio. I couldn't remember the name of the song but Harry I do believe it was Lieutenant Kije as the song starts "Kije was a Hussar bold"

    A.

  • Comment number 69.

    And, in light of the chat on yesterdays blog...

    'Blue Decorations' by B.B. King

  • Comment number 70.

    #67 best new Christmas song to come out for years...

    Some more catching up...

    Harry #22 LOL! Didn't quite get all that prune stuff this morning - a bit TMI for me.

    Harry again #52 I know the Lieutenant Kijé suite by Kodály very well. I did music O level (that's GCSE for younger bloggers) and that was one of the pieces I studied.

    Alex #53 Yay!! The end is nigh - in a good way :o))

    KatyMatey #58 glad you're feeling a bit better. You go girl! And from yesterday, good to hear you enjoyed 'Hugo'. I'm hoping Daughter will be able to find time in her busy holiday schedule to go and see it with me after Christmas.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 71.

    Pretty Paper - Roy Orbison

  • Comment number 72.

    #52 I don't know that piece. Will look it up and listen.

    I am with JPA on the getting teary thing. Anything can set me off. I cry at Strictly (and Mr P had a tear in his eye at Rachel Stevens' rumba a few years ago), practically every Disney film and "The Incredible Journey" requires a box of tissues from the outset. But the one that gets me every time is the scene in "Wild Geese" when they are all escaping in the plane but Richard Harris is left behind. He is running after the plane calling "Emil, Emil" (his son) as the spears start flying. I am a complete wreck at that.

    Oh, and the end of Winnie the Pooh where somewhere in the Enchanted Wood a little boy and a bear will always be playing.

    Got a tissue?

  • Comment number 73.

    Its almost impossible to mention sparkly glittery things without mentioning He Who Shall Not be Named (or Played On the Radio) Who Used to Wear Bacofoil Shoulder Pads and I Once Danced In Front of the Telly To When I Was 8, but the blog has sucessfully managed it (until now).

    I hereby nominate Another Rock and Roll Christmas by Gar...oh. Hold On. Sorry. Actually I nominate...

    GOLD by Prince ("Even at the centre of the fire there is cold, All that glitters ain't gold")

  • Comment number 74.

    #70 Deebee, Kodály?

    #72 Alex G, you'll know it when you hear it, I'm sure :-)

  • Comment number 75.

    Animal Hospital gets me every time too

  • Comment number 76.

    On the subject of lachrymosity (is that a word?) I've been hopeless all my adult life. And it only gets worse. I think I can trace it back to Babe, the sheep pig. When Farmer Hoggett looks down and says "That'll do Pig, That'll do" I just cant stop the tears. Its a pig. A *$!*! sheep pig.
    The absolute guarantee for me is Its a Wonderful Life - seeing George Bailey find out how much his life really worth is the tissue certainty.

  • Comment number 77.

    Well we keep saying it so I may as well request it:

    IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS - BING CROSBY OR MICHAEL BUBLE

    and for that look on childrens faces when they see the decorations and lights or the first time:

    JOYBRINGER - MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND

    :^)

    Sorry if I've ignored anyone for the last hour - haven't read your posts yet!
    *wanders off to put it right*

  • Comment number 78.

    Greetings Mr Mayo & ALL Mayo Bloggies...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Ma Mate - WHATTA COINCIDENCE...... WHATTA.... COINCIDENCE.... Ave just been writing about Christmas on CLP's equally most nice BBC radio blog about Christmas, the meaning and a admit a got somewhat emotional.... Then a jumped over ter this blog and low and be'old.... You 'ave written about EXACTLY the above and even about CLP's show this morning of which a was writing about too - FREAK OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@!


    'ope yer don't mind but 'ere is a copy of the above mentioned blog: >>>

    _____________________________________________________________________

    Greetings CLP & ALL Bloggies...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    CLP – Yes it is a most nice time of year Christmas, ok stressful for many what with buying presents & organising 'appenings. But the real meaning of Christmas is not about money but a religious meaning. Sadly many seem ter forget this.... but am glad yer getting the revs involved with yer most nice show.... Most nice CLP!!!!!!!
    A love Christmas as it breaks up a cold and dark winter... Brings light with all the lights lit up.... And it breaks our routine all towards a day's rest and brings together people for parties/ family get together's – know what am sayin'!!!!!!
    Ok I know some are alone at Christmas which makes this time of year the 'ardest to deal with... But overall.... Christmas is a magical time where even scrooge like local councils feel obliged ter join in and put up a few Christmas lights... organise Santa runs events in the town centre and so on.... And all this from a religious influence.... Religion is a VERY powerful thing and a force for good.... Sadly with many in our modern Britain not even realising it!!!!!!

    Peace and INDEED love ter all.... At Christmas!!!!!!

    A think a need a mansize tissue... Preferably with 'olly logos on it!!!!!!

    Bye!

    ______________________________________________________________________


    As for songs that get me going at Christmas.... A love 'earing all those BRILLIANT Christmas tunes that ave not 'eard all year..... aghain another unique and great thing about Christmas the way special songs that are not played all year are only played for 3 or 4 weeks of the year makes them all the more special... WHATTA WONDERFUL TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    There's one song where a line in the song always gets me... It's by John Lennon where 'e sings "another year gone, so WHAT 'ave YOU done!!!!!!!!!!"
    This gets me as ter be 'onest as every year passes..... My dreams didn't come true.... A never got ter where a wanter be!!!!!!!
    Am still not a train driver or airline pilot.... Ave still not got inter music or become a racing driver or TOP golfer....
    And the most important dreams of mine.... Ave still not found a wife and 'ad a family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Another year gone by..... and still what 'ave a done.... The answer is not whatta wanter ter all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    NOT whatta wanter ter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ter end me blog.... let you leave me with this Christmas song.... One of my favourites and one of the most beautiful.....

    ENJOY :

    http://youtu.be/3Hbwa00VEMc

    I like the singer of this song more for choosing such an interseting video for 'is song.... A VERY nice video!!!!!!!!!!

    Bye!

  • Comment number 79.

    #74 Oops - you're right Harry. It was Prokofiev. D'oh! Well, it was a long time ago, I'm afraid to say. And I did also study a piece by Kodály...

    I've been thinking about the whole getting emotional thing. I must admit I've never been a big crier - tending to bottle it all up inside (not necessarily a healthy thing). But as I've got older I've found myself getting teary eyed a lot more easily. What's that all about? Maybe as Simon says it's to do with innocence lost and past times...

    And I'm absolutely with you re Winnie the Pooh, Alex! Did anyone here Simon's 5 Live film review show about 18 months ago when they were discussing Toy Story 3 and comparing it with Winnie the Pooh and growing up? Not a dry eye in the studio...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 80.

    SHINY SHINY by HAYSI FANTAYZEE
    I'M GONNA HIRE A WINO TO DECORATE OUR HOME by DAVID FRIZZELL (country tune, Bob Harris might know the title)
    GLITTER AND DUST by ANNIE HASLAM
    DECK THE HALLS by McFLY ,

  • Comment number 81.

    #78 Oh Bingo - you've got me started now *sniff, sob sob*

  • Comment number 82.

    #79 Grrr... for here read hear

    Must get on with some work...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 83.

    I need to go now and have a meeting all afternoon. So good luck with choon chasing and I'll catch you later.

    Shona x

  • Comment number 84.

    Shona - Must admit the video to that song I can relate to.... When I was 7 all within a year first my grandmother died, then my grandfather.... their 'ouse was sold that was full of 'appy memories for me from a toddler ter 7 years old.... and if that wasn't enough my father walked out and my parents got divorced!!!!!!!
    My mother was left alone as a single parent with very little money!!!!!!!!!!!

    There was some very difficult Christmas times after that.... Where I only 'ad my mother and my cat... No brothers or sisters and my mother 'as only a brother who doesn't keep in touch!!!!!!!!!

    ALL 100% TRUE ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The video does strike a close chord to my childhood..... but whatta beautiful song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bye!

  • Comment number 85.

    I WANT TO SEE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS TONIGHT - RICHARD & LINDA THOMPSON
    SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE - REM
    STARDUST - DAVID ESSEX
    SILVER STAR - FOUR SEASONS
    THE BELLS OF RHYMNEY - THE BYRDS
    RING OUT THE SOLSTICE BELLS - JETHRO TULL

  • Comment number 86.

    late entry...

    FAKE PLASTIC TREES RADIOHEAD

    PSL x

  • Comment number 87.

    Hello Everybody,

    'Wrapped Around Your Finger' The Police

    Belated Happy Birthday to Lady Stormrider

  • Comment number 88.

    Just having a quick catch-up! #40 Mandy, you mentioned some films that choke you up.. and as an animal lover, particularly of dogs, a film that always chokes me up, is Greyfriar's Bobby...

    http://www.scotland-welcomes-you.com/greyfriars_bobby.html

    If you don't know the story, it's about Bobby the little terrier who for 14 years guarded his master's grave in Greyfriar's Churchyard in Edinburgh and it always chokes me up! Bobby is buried quite close to his master in the same churchyard where he sat for 14 years!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc2_oXRl6jQ

  • Comment number 89.

    HANG 'EM HIGH - BOOKER T & THE MG'S

    SHINING STAR - EARTH WIND AND FIRE

  • Comment number 90.

    'Glittering Prize' Simple Minds

  • Comment number 91.

    Lunchtime... Hestons Duck and sour cherry sausages, hmmm, not all quacked up to be what they say on the label.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 92.

    #42 & #48 Yes, it has to be Judy Garland, her version is the definitive one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g4lY8Y3eoo *blub*

    #53 Thank you Alex G :) x

    #76 Rostronposkett - I am with you on the ending of 'It's A Wonderful Life' "You see George, you've really had a wonderful life..." *Sniff* One of my favourite ever films, especially for Christmas (The Muppet's Christmas Carol is another seasonal favourite!)

  • Comment number 93.

    Hey Simon,

    How about "SPARKLE" by MY LIFE STORY

    thanks,

  • Comment number 94.

    Good afternoon all from a grey and cold Essex.

    All this talk of emotions - I am getting more tearful the older I get!. Any of the carols like Silent Night,Away in a Manger, Little Donkey sung by little children in the school nativity play or Carols from Kings are enough to get me going! Also the Welsh National Anthem sung in the Millenium Stadium before a big rugby match is powerful stuff indeed!

    Any film which involves animals, especially dogs, has to be accompanied by a box of tissues Haatchi, Turner and Hooch, Marley and Me etc.

    But maybe the most surprising, to me at least, as I didn't see it coming was when ET moved when everyone thought he was dead! I was in bits much to the amusement of my Mr. Mind you, he is not averse to a little snuffle and nose blowing at certain films.

    Jennie

  • Comment number 95.

    #94 I was their for Shane Williams last game for Wales on the 3rd Dec, 40 Welsh male voice choirs aprox 2000 of them provided the music at the start and in the interval...very moving sniff sniff

  • Comment number 96.

    One for those frustrating times trying to locate the bulb on the Christmas lights that's stopping the rest from working....

    U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm looking For

    It will be an emotional Christmas this year. A spate of bereavements, many of them unexpected, will bring lots of tears to eyes. In fact, just typing that brings a lump to my throat. It's already been tough skipping address book entries or writing a card to one person instead of two.

  • Comment number 97.

    #96 ((Hugs)) Driver, it's been that kind of year for us too. We lost the mister's mum in January, and the mister's cousin in October, both to cancer. I am also thinking of my grandfather, as it will be the 20th anniversary of his death on 20th December. This year has been a tough one for us, on so many different levels, I won't be sorry to say goodbye to it.

  • Comment number 98.

    #96 I know what you mean Driver. We always raise a glass at Christmas lunch in memory of family members no longer with us, and the list seems to get longer each year (although thankfully we haven't lost anyone this year). It's a very poignant moment - we used to have large gatherings at my parents', these days it's just the four of us plus my Mum.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 99.

    #95 PSL I really envy you being there on that occasion - the atmosphere must have been incredible!

  • Comment number 100.

    I tweeted this earlier - it may raise a smile. Warning: contains some religious content http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW1pbuyGlQ0

    ~X~

 

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