‘Tis the season to be jolly ........or so we’re told in one of the classic Christmas carols.
....and how can we fail to be, with all the festive music playing in the background as we trawl round the shops.
I must confess to having a double CD collection of Xmas songs that is dusted off at this time of year, usually to play in the background on Christmas day. However it is a guilty pleasure in a weird sort of way. I mean have you ever been happier than being a kid at school and belting out “Frosty the Snowman” or “Winter Wonderland” at the end of year concert, with all the anticipation and excitement of the upcoming holidays. Happy Days.
As nostalgia tends to increase the older you get and the further away from the event itself, I can be forgiven for thinking everything was always rosier back then.
My all time favourite xmas song is of course “Fairytale of New York”, which while having one of the loveliest festive sounds, contains excellent lyrics like “You’re a bum, You’re a punk, You’re an old slut on junk”
I find this particularly good to sing along to after the inevitable stress induced family arguments that can occur while cooking lunch on Xmas day. Closely followed by “Happy Xmas War is Over” usually after we’ve relaxed with a few glasses of wine and hostilities have ceased - well at least until Boxing day.
As the Pogues or perhaps Jim Royale would say “Happy Xmas, my arse !”