12 SLEEPS TO GO UNTIL CHRISTMAS 2019

12 SLEEPS TO GO UNTIL CHRISTMAS 2019

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Friday 13th December 2019

  1. DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS PICTURE

 A mini “Driving Home For Christmas” tree ornament

  1. A CHRISTMAS LIST

ALL THE CHRISTMAS WEEK No.1s EVER…

Year       Artist                                                      Song                                                                                       Weeks at

No.1

1952       Al Martino                                            “Here in My Heart”                                                                             9

1953       Frankie Laine                                       “Answer Me”                                                                                        8

1954       Winifred Atwell                                   “Let’s Have Another Party”                                                               5

1955       Dickie Valentine                                  “Christmas Alphabet”                                                                         3

1956       Johnnie Ray                                         “Just Walkin’ in the Rain”                                                                  7

1957       Harry Belafonte                                   “Mary’s Boy Child”                                                                             7

1958       Conway Twitty                                    “It’s Only Make Believe”                                                                   5

1959       Emile Ford and the Checkmates      “What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?”               6

1960       Cliff Richard and The Shadows       “I Love You”                                                                                        2

1961       Danny Williams                                   “Moon River”                                                                                       2

1962       Elvis Presley                                         “Return to Sender”                                                                              3

1963       The Beatles                                           “I Want to Hold Your Hand”                                                            5

1964       The Beatles                                           “I Feel Fine”                                                                                         5

1965       The Beatles                                           “Day Tripper” / “We Can Work It Out”                                          5

1966       Tom Jones                                            “Green, Green Grass of Home”                                                        7

1967       The Beatles                                           “Hello, Goodbye”                                                                                7

1968       The Scaffold                                        “Lily the Pink”                                                                                     4

1969       Rolf Harris                                            “Two Little Boys”                                                                               6

1970       Dave Edmunds                                    “I Hear You Knocking”                                                                      6

1971       Benny Hill                                             “Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)”                                    4

1972       Jimmy Osmond                                   “Long Haired Lover from Liverpool”                                              5

1973       Slade                                                      “Merry Xmas Everybody”                                                                 5

1974       Mud                                                       “Lonely This Christmas”                                                                   4

1975       Queen                                                    “Bohemian Rhapsody”                                                                      9

1976       Johnny Mathis                                     “When a Child Is Born (Soleado)”                                                   3

1977       Wings                                                     “Mull of Kintyre” / “Girls’ School”                                                  9

1978       Boney M.                                              “Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord”                                                  4

1979       Pink Floyd                                            “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)”                                               5

1980       St Winifred’s School Choir                “There’s No One Quite Like Grandma”                                          2

1981       The Human League                            “Don’t You Want Me”                                                                        5

1982       Renée and Renato                               “Save Your Love”                                                                               4

1983       The Flying Pickets                               “Only You”                                                                                           5

1984       Band Aid                                               “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”                                                     5

1985       Shakin’ Stevens                                    “Merry Christmas Everyone”                                                            2

1986       Jackie Wilson                                       “Reet Petite”                                                                                         4

1987       Pet Shop Boys                                      “Always on My Mind”                                                                       4

1988       Cliff Richard                                        “Mistletoe and Wine”                                                                          4

1989       Band Aid II                                          “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”                                                     3

1990       Cliff Richard                                        “Saviour’s Day”                                                                                   1

1991       Queen                                    “Bohemian Rhapsody” / “These Are the Days of Our Lives”                     5

1992       Whitney Houston                                “I Will Always Love You”                                                                10

1993       Mr Blobby                                            “Mr Blobby”                                                                                         3

1994       East 17                                                   “Stay Another Day”                                                                            5

1995       Michael Jackson                                  “Earth Song”                                                                                         6

1996       Spice Girls                                             “2 Become 1”                                                                                       3

1997       Spice Girls                                             “Too Much”                                                                                          2

1998       Spice Girls                                             “Goodbye”                                                                                            1

1999       Westlife                                                 “I Have a Dream” / “Seasons in the Sun”                                        4

2000       Bob the Builder                                    “Can We Fix It?”                                                                                 3

2001       Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman  “Somethin’ Stupid”                                                                         3

2002       Girls Aloud                                           “Sound of the Underground”                                                             4

2003       Michael Andrews and Gary Jules     “Mad World”                                                                                        3

2004       Band Aid 20                                         “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”                                                     4

2005       Shayne Ward                                        “That’s My Goal”                                                                                 4

2006       Leona Lewis                                         “A Moment Like This”                                                                       4

2007       Leon Jackson                                       “When You Believe”                                                                           3

2008       Alexandra Burke                                 “Hallelujah”                                                                                          3

2009       Rage Against the Machine                 “Killing in the Name”                                                                         1

2010       Matt Cardle                                          “When We Collide”                                                                             3

2011       Military Wives with Gareth Malone                “Wherever You Are”                                                                           1

2012       The Justice Collective         “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”                                                 1

2013       Sam Bailey                                           “Skyscraper”                                                                                         1

2014       Ben Haenow                                        “Something I Need”                                                                            1

2015       Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir            “A Bridge over You”                                                          1

2016       Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie      “Rockabye”                                                          9

2017       Ed Sheeran                                           “Perfect”                                                                                                6

2018       LadBaby                                               “We Built This City”                                                                           1

2019       TBD (20 December 2019)

 

  1. CHRISTMAS WORDS

The UK Brussels Sprouts industry (and yes, it’s Brussels sprout, not brussel sprout) is worth £650 million, and the area of the country covered by Brussels Sprouts fields is the equivalent to 3,240 football pitches.

Sprout fan Linus Urbanec from Sweden is the current world record holder for the most sprouts eaten in a minute. He managed 31 on 26th November, 2008. I bet Mrs Urbanec slept elsewhere that night…

In Somerset and parts of Dorset, it’s traditional for the last person to finish eating their sprouts to have to do the Christmas Day washing up dressed as a giant turkey. This tradition is believed to have started in the 1960s as a way to encourage children to eat the vegetable.

  1. A LINE OR TWO FROM THE SONG “I’M DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

I take look at the driver next to me

He’s just the same              

  1. NICE LITTLE CHRISTMAS NUMBER

61           If you are a parent with children under 16, don’t be expecting a lie in on Christmas morning, with 67% of parents admitting they’re up before 6.30am

62           CHRISTMAS DAY the average person will: Chomp down an average of 8 chocolates each, equating to 520,800,000 nationwide

63           Guzzle 6 glasses of wine or fizz per person, totalling 390,600,000 across the UK

64           Scoff 6 sprouts, equating to 390,600,000 Brussels sprouts eaten across the nation

65           Munch on an average of 5 mince pies each, totalling 325,500,000 nationwide

  1. CHRISTMAS TRACK OF THE DAY
  1. 02 - Last Christmas Wham 4:17
  1. A MERRY CHRISTMAS SHORT FILM OR VIDEO

 Very.com’s Emotional 2019 TV Christmasas Ad

  1. CHRISTMAS COMPILATION ALBUM

A Motown Christmas is a Christmas music compilation album, originally released as a 2-LP set by Motown Records on September 25, 1973. It contains various seasonal singles and album tracks recorded by some of the label’s artists from the 1960s and early 1970s. Much of the music had previously been collected on the 1968 UK compilation Merry Christmas from Motown.

The music has several times been recycled into different packagings. In 1992, the album was reissued on compact disc, with all 24 tracks from the original album on one CD. In 1999, a new single-CD version was released, with a bonus track by Marvin Gaye added (“I Want to Come Home for Christmas”).

A second compilation, A Motown Christmas, Volume 2, was issued on CD in 2001. The very latest Motown Christmas CD tracklist will be included in a later post

Track listing

Side 1

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” – The Jackson 5

“What Christmas Means to Me” – Stevie Wonder

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” – The Temptations

“My Favorite Things” – The Supremes

“Deck the Halls/Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” – Smokey Robinson

“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” – The Jackson 5

Side 2

“Ave Maria” – Stevie Wonder

“Silent Night” – The Temptations

“Little Christmas Tree” – Michael Jackson

“God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” – Smokey Robinson

“The Christmas Song” – The Jackson 5

“Joy to the World” – The Supremes

Side 3

“The Little Drummer Boy” – The Temptations

“Silver Bells” – The Supremes

“Someday at Christmas” – Stevie Wonder

“Frosty the Snowman” – The Jackson 5

“Jingle Bells” – Smokey Robinson

“My Christmas Tree” – The Temptations

Side 4

“White Christmas” – The Supremes

“One Little Christmas Tree” – Stevie Wonder

“Give Love on Christmas Day” – The Jackson 5

“It’s Christmas Time” – Smokey Robinson

“Children’s Christmas Song” – The Supremes

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – The Jackson 5

  1. HISTORY OF RADIO TIMES CHRISTMAS COVERS
  1. HISTORY OF TV TIMES CHRISTMAS COVERS

 

  1. IT’S A CRACKER

One-time Santa lost his underpants that’s how he got the name Saint Knickerless

  1. CHRISTMAS CARD OF THE DAY

BONUS CHRISTMAS BOOK REVIEW

 

 

 

 

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