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YOU are beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 20 December 2012

Appealing Attire: Vanessa wants to hear about - and see - your cracking Christmas clobber! Plus comfits features in Word Of The Day and Louise Dews is our latest Jolly Good Fellow, with Barry White's You're The First, The Last, My Everything her birthday number 1.

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Step Into Christmas

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for The Justice Collective

    The Justice Collective He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

    (CD Single), Metropolis Recordings, 4

  • Image for Boney M.

    Boney M. Mary's Boy Child

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Red

    Red, Mercury

  • Image for Michael Buble & Bing Crosby

    Michael Buble & Bing Crosby White Christmas

    (CD Single), WEA

  • Image for Gloria Estefan

    Gloria Estefan 1-2-3

    Gloria Estefan - Greatest Hits, Epic

  • Image for Hue And Cry

    Hue And Cry Silent Night

  • Image for Natalie Imbruglia

    Natalie Imbruglia Torn

    1999 Grammy Nominees (Various Artist, Elektra

  • Image for Jacqui Dankworth & Charlie Wood

    Jacqui Dankworth & Charlie Wood It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

  • Image for Pet Shop Boys

    Pet Shop Boys Memory Of The Future

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Image for T. Rex

    T. Rex Metal Guru

    The Greatest Hits Of 1972 (Various), Premier

  • Image for The Waitresses

    The Waitresses Christmas Wrapping

    The Best Christmas Album In The World, Virgin

  • Image for Prince

    Prince Rock And Roll Love Affair

    (CD Single), NPG Records

  • Louise Dews from Rochdale's Birthday Number 1

    • Image for Barry White

      Barry White You're The First, The Last, My Everything

      Barry White - The Collection, Mercury

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones One More Shot

    Grrr!, Abkco

  • Word Of The Day

    Word Of The Day

    Today's Word Of The Day is 'comfit' - comfits are sweets consisting of dried fruits, nuts, seeds or spices coated with sugar candy. They are thought to have originated in the Middle East in the 1300s and comfit comes from the Latin confectum, meaning something prepared.

  • Pause For Thought with Songs Of Praise Presenter Pam Rhodes

    Pause For Thought with Songs Of Praise Presenter Pam Rhodes

    I think if it weren’t for Mums, a lot of the traditions of Christmas just wouldn’t happen – or is it only me who feels like Santa’s Little Elf as The Big Day looms near - not only wrapping presents for all the friends and family, but quite a lot of gifts which I choose, buy and wrap for one member of the family to give another, ‘cos they haven’t got the time, opportunity – or, most likely, the money - to do it themselves! It IS hard work – but I have to admit I love it - and all the cleaning, making up beds, shopping, cooking, decorating and visiting is more than worthwhile, even if I do have to slog away at the preparation for weeks to make the Christmas celebration look as if it’s ‘just a little thing I threw together’!

    But I have one golden memory which warms my heart at this time of year – and it’s something that reminds me how it might well be the gift that costs nothing at all that touches your heart most deeply.

    I remember a time quite a few years back when our family had been going through a tough patch, and Christmas for me was tinged with sadness and worry. My children were quite young then, but they still pick up on the atmosphere, don’t they? Well, late on Christmas Eve, I was wide awake in bed when I heard the sound of soft footsteps creeping downstairs from the attic bedroom above me – and that could only be my son who was about 11 at the time. When I realised he was making for my door, I hardly dared breath as the door was slowly pushed open. I heard him move across the room to place something heavy and rustling on my feet. Then he crept out, closing the door behind him. When I was sure he was safely back in his room, I switched on the light to see what he’d left. It was an old Christmas stocking that he’d filled with wonderful treats for me – treasures he’d found around the house – a Satsuma and some nuts; Christmas chocolate from the tree; some paper hankies; a packet of sweets; some sachets of shampoo and hand cream from the bathroom; a biro – and best of all, a Christmas card with kisses hoping that I would have a happy Christmas because he knew I’d been sad ….

    I felt tearful and overwhelmed. His thoughtful, loving care made that the best Christmas present I’ve ever had, given in the true spirit of Christmas – full of reassurance, promise, hope and blessing. In my son’s love, I felt the love of God. He’d reminded me that Christmas is not about expensive ‘presents’ – but the blessings we already have, and the unfailing ‘presence’ of God. In the loneliness of feeling sad, I’d almost forgotten that – and it took the kindness of a young boy to remind me of the TRUE meaning of Christmas.


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