6 Sleeps TO GO CHRISTMAS 2019

6 Sleeps TO GO CHRISTMAS 2019

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 19th December 2019

  1. DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS PICTURE

 You just need the right Christmas jumper to be Driving Home for Christmas in

And a couple of humorous Christmas Cards

  1. A CHRISTMAS LIST

 This year’s Christmas Chart (20th December 2019) will give  the 68th Christmas No.1in the charts.

Only 11 of those records or tracks are Christmas songs and are featured in today’s list.

 

YEAR    TITLE

1              1955       CHRISTMAS ALPHABET               DICKIE VALENTINE

2              1957       MARY’S BOY CHILD      HARRY BELAFONTE

3              1973       MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY       SLADE

4              1974       LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS         MUD

5              1976       WHEN A CHILD IS BORN (SOLEADO)      JOHNNY MATHIS

6              1984       DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS?         BAND AID

7              1985       MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE              SHAKIN’ STEVENS

8              1988       MISTLETOE AND WINE                CLIFF RICHARD

9              1989       DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS?         BAND AID II

10           1990       SAVIOUR’S DAY               CLIFF RICHARD

11           2004       DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS?         BAND AID 20

Seven Christmas Number 1s feature the word ‘Christmas’ in the title, if you include Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody from 1973.

Mary’s Boy Child has been a Christmas Number 1 twice for totally different artists. Harry Belafonte topped the  charts with it in 1957 and Boney M took a one-horse open sleigh all the way to Number 1 with it (mashed up with Oh my Lord) in 1978.

The only song to get the Christmas Number 1 twice by the same artist is Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. It first topped the Christmas charts in 1975 and pulled it off again 16 years later, following the death of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. As a result, it is one of the longest-reigning Number 1 hits of all-time.

  1. CHRISTMAS WORDS

Ebenezer Scrooge’s famous line “Bah Humbug” almost never existed. Charles Dickens’ initial choice was “Bah Christmas”. Glad he changed it.

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

Driving home for Christmas

Driving home for Christmas                            

  1. NICE LITTLE CHRISTMAS NUMBER

91           The first commercial Christmas cards were commissioned by civil servant Sir Henry Cole in London in 1843. Featuring a family drinking wine, one sold for £8,469 last year.

92           1915 – Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards.

93           1962 – the United States issued the first Christmas postage stamp

94           Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol was written in six weeks..

95           Nearly six million dollars are spent during the holiday season on ugly Christmas sweaters.

  1. CHRISTMAS TRACK OF THE DAY
  1. Little Donkey Beverley Sisters 2:14
  1. A MERRY CHRISTMAS SHORT FILM OR VIDEO

 BBC 1 CHRISTMAS Nightime Identity

 

BBC 1 CHRISTMAS Daytime Identity

  1. CHRISTMAS COMPILATION ALBUM

THE SOUND OF CHRISTMAS LIVE & EXCLUSIVE AT THE BBC

Track Listing – Disc 1

 

Title/Composer                                                    Performer

1              Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas        Coldplay

2              Last Christmas                                                     Clean Bandit

3              That’s What Christmas Means to Me               John Legend

4              Winter Wonderland                                            Jason Mraz

5              Santa Baby                                                           Kylie Minogue

6              Happy Christmas (War Is Over)                       McFly

7              Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)            Olly Murs

8              Silent Night                                                           James Arthur

9              Fairytale of New York                                        Paloma Faith

10           Spending All My Christmas With You (Next Year)     Tom Odell

11           All I Want for Christmas Is You                      Louisa Johnson

12           Stay Another Day                                                Chvrches

13           Merry Christmas Everyone                               JP Cooper

 

Track Listing – Disc 2

 

Title/Composer                                                    Performer

1              It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

2              Christmas Lights                                                  Coldplay

3              Last Christmas                                                     Rita Ora

4              Santa Baby                                                           Paloma Faith

5              Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas        Jessie Ware

6              Winter Wonderland                                            The Saturdays

7              Every Day’s Like Christmas                              Kylie Minogue

8              Merry Christmas Everyone                               Rae Morris / Lucy Rose

9              Lonely this Christmas                                        Olly Murs

10           In the Bleak Midwinter                                       Plan B

11           Jingle Bells                                                            Matoma / The Vamps

12           Happy Christmas (War Is Over)                       Jake Bugg

13           White Christmas                                                  The Wanted

14           Frosty the Snowman                                           The Wombats

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

 

 

  1. IT’S A CRACKER

What did Frosty the Snowman say to Jack Frost? Have an ice day

  1. CHRISTMAS CARD OF THE DAY

 

BONUS CHRISTMAS BOOK REVIEW

The Jacqueline Wilson Christmas Cracker by Jacqueline Wilson Nick Sharratt

 

 

 

2019 Phil M Robinson