24 Sleeps TO GO CHRISTMAS 2019

24 Sleeps TO GO CHRISTMAS 2019

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Sunday 1st December 2019

We present our Daily 12 BITS & PIECES to DRIVE YOU HOME OR MAD FOR CHRISTMAS

1. DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS PICTURE HEADING UP THIS POST – Little Car Big Hear 

 

2.A CHRISTMAS LIST

CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOKS & YOUNG READERS 0-5 Years

1              Lucy & Tom’s Christmas                                                  Shirley Hughes

2              Little Grey Rabbit’s Christmas                                         Alison Uttley

3              Angelina’s Christmas                                                         Katharine Holabird & Helen Craig

4              Santa Selfie                                                                          Peter Bently

5              Robin Finds Christmas                                                       Molly Brett

6              The Phantom Carwash                                                       Chris Powlin

7              Happy Christmas Maisy                                                     Lucy Cousins

8              Elmer’s Christmas                                                               David McKee

9              A Christmas Eve Ghost                                                      Shirley Hughes

10           Mr Christmas                                                                       Roger Hargreaves

11           One Snowy Night                                                                Nick Butterworth

12           Dream Snow                                                                         Eric Carle &

13           Christmas                                                                              Dick Bruna

14           All The Way Home                                                            Debi Gliori

15           Father Christmas Heard a Parp                                         Olaf Falafel

16           Father Christmas                                                                 Raymond Briggs

17           Dear Santa                                                                            Rod Campbell

18           Pop-Up ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas                   Clement C. Moore and Gaia Bordicchia

19           Father Christmas on the Naughty Step                            Mark Sperring

20           Mince Spies                                                                          Mark Sperring

21           Little Robin Red Vest                                                         Jan Fermley

22           The Jolly Christmas Postman

23           Oh Christmas Tree                                                              Sue Hendra

24           Poppy and Sam’s Lift-the-Flap Christmas                      Heather Amery

25           The Lonely Christmas Tree                                               Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

 

 

3.CHRISTMAS WORDS

Our theme for the Christmas Countdown this year is Driving Home For Christmas

 Everyday from 1st to 25th December there will be a Driving Home For Christmas inspired picture and from time to time a few Driving Home For Christmas inspired words.

 Driving Home For Christmas has always been a firm family favourite. There is no better feeling than Driving Home For Christmas. So exciting.

 I wrote the following piece about it in December 2015 which was published in The Guardian:

 Playlist: A song we can’t hear too often

Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea

“I’m driving home for Christmas / Oh, I can’t wait to see those faces”

Driving Home For Christmas had modest chart success but for us, it captures the best of the festive season. In the 90s, our Christmas Days were marathon celebrations with my brother-in-law’s family. There would be more than 20 of us, each bringing some form of entertainment to the Christmas table. For example, we organised an Oscar-style Christmas card awards ceremony for the best cards received. A nephew compiled the background music for the four-hours-plus Christmas lunch.

Chris Rea’s song was an excellent starter for his playlist. We ate and chatted, pulled crackers, put on silly hats and read dubious jokes. Gradually the penny began to drop, six tracks into the playlist and every track was the same – five hours later as we sipped Tia Maria-infused coffee, the song played for the 73rd time. Many around the table began to suspect it was on repeat.

Through lunch, sarcastic humour became repetitive too: “Nice song, what’s it called again?”, “Never heard this one before”, “It’s a new one on me.”

Consequently, Driving Home For Christmas has always induced a reflective laugh.

In 2012, our youngest daughter and her husband were expecting their first baby on 28 December. But Baby Freya was too impatient (as in life) and was born on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day the hospital said they were fit enough to leave. And yes, Driving Home For Christmas was the first song Freya heard on her first car journey home to her first Christmas! Her parents had organised in their birth plan an MP3 track of the song for their homeward journey.

SEE THE ACTUAL ITEM HERE:    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/dec/19/grandads-annual-festive-photograph-driving-home-chris-rea-moms-butter-cookies

4. A LINE (or two) FROM DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

I’m driving home for Christmas

Oh, I can’t wait to see those faces

5. NICE LITTLE CHRISTMAS NUMBER

1              In Europe, nearly 16 million Christmas trees are grown each year

2              Christmas trees grow for an average of 10 to 15 years before being harvested and sold

3              The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510

4              Electric Christmas tree lights were invented by Edward Johnson in 1882

5              The world’s tallest Christmas tree was 221ft, and found in a Washington shopping mall

6.CHRISTMAS TRACK OF THE DAY

Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea

Highest Chart Position: No.11 3rd January 2019

  1. Driving Home For Christmas Chris Rea 4:03

Also:

Driving Home For Christmas – Stacey Solomon

Highest Chart Position: No.27 31st December 2011

 

7. A CHRISTMAS VIDEO SHOT

Holidays are a coming – Check it out here

 

8. CHRISTMAS COMPILATION ALBUM

NOW Christmas (3 CD Edition)

Disc: 1

  1. All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  2. Last Christmas – Wham!
  3. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl
  4. Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
  5. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Roy Wood & Wizzard
  6. Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
  7. Mary’s Boy Child / Oh My Lord – Boney M.
  8. Step Into Christmas – Elton John
  9. Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
  10. Christmas Lights – Coldplay
  11. 2000 Miles – The Pretenders
  12. Stop the Cavalry – Jona Lewie
  13. Santa Baby – Kylie Minogue
  14. Lonely This Christmas – Mud
  15. Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
  16. Underneath the Tree – Kelly Clarkson
  17. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
  18. One More Sleep – Leona Lewis
  19. December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas) – George Michael
  20. Do You Hear What I Hear? – Whitney Houston
  21. Do You Want to Build a Snowman? – Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Mon & Katie Lopez

Disc: 2

  1. White Christmas – Bing Crosby with The Ken Darby Singers & John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra
  2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  3. Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
  4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin
  5. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  6. Frosty the Snowman – The Ronettes
  7. Winter Wonderland – Doris Day
  8. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town – The Crystals
  9. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Ronettes
  10. The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot – Nat King Cole
  11. Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald
  12. Merry Christmas Baby – James Brown
  13. What Christmas Means to Me – Stevie Wonder
  14. Someday at Christmas – The Jackson 5
  15. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
  16. Senor Santa Claus – Jim Reeves
  17. A Marshmallow World – Darlene Love
  18. Here Comes Santa Claus – Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans
  19. Never Do a Tango With an Eskimo – Alma Cogan
  20. Lonely Pup (In a Christmas Shop) – Adam Faith
  21. Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
  22. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
  23. I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Perry Como with Russ Case & His Orchestra
  24. Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
  25. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Crystals
  26. Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys
  27. The Bells of St. Mary – Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans
  28. The Christmas Song – Ella Fitzgerald

Disc: 3

  1. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir
  2. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
  3. The Power of Love – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  4. When a Child Is Born – Johnny Mathis
  5. O Holy Night – Il Divo
  6. Walking in the Air – Aled Jones
  7. Silent Night – Nat King Cole
  8. O Come All Ye Faithful – Perry Como
  9. Silver Bells – Jim Reeves
  10. O Little Town of Bethlehem – Burl Ives
  11. Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby & David Bowie
  12. A Winter’s Tale – David Essex
  13. In Dulci Jubilo – Mike Oldfield
  14. A Spaceman Came Travelling – Chris de Burgh
  15. In the Bleak Midwinter – Bert Jansch
  16. Ring Out Solstice Bells – Jethro Tull
  17. Gaudete – Steeleye Span
  18. We Wish You a Merry Christmas – The Weavers
  19. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Blue Blood
  20. The Twelve Days of Christmas – The Spinners
  21. Auld Lang Syne – Susan Boyle
  22. Happy New Year – ABBA

 

9. HISTORY OF RADIO TIMES CHRISTMAS COVERS

1923
1924
1925
1926

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. TV TIMES CHRISTMAS COVERS

 

1955
1956
1957

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. IT’S A CRACKER 

Why did no-one bid for Rudolph and Blitzen on eBay? Because they were two deer

 

 

12. CHRISTMAS CARD PICTURE OF THE DAY

 

 

 

©2019 Phil M Robinson