CHRISTMAS 2021 ADVENT DAY 24 BLOG POST

CHRISTMAS 2021 ADVENT DAY 24 BLOG POST

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Friday 24th December 2021

 ADVENT DOOR 24 – 24 DAY COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS DAY!

1 SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY

WE ARE THERE…

 CHRISTMAS EVE! GRANDAUGHTER FREYA’S BIRTHDAY!!!

  1. A CHRISTMAS CARD.

  1. THOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS.

Every Christmas Number 2 on the Official Chart

The Christmas No.1 is announced at 17.30 today. And the Christmas No.2.

We all make a lot of the Christmas N0.1s. For me it is one of the exciting things I look forward to for Christmas, except that is for the last few years where the X Factor winner has been the Christmas No.1 and then the last three years the ridiculous Ladbaby which was not worthy of a Christmas No.1.

But what about the Christmas No.2s? The ones who just missed out on the coveted Christmas No.1. There have been so many brilliant ones that deserved the Christmas No.1, especially over the last few years.

Here is every Christmas No.2 since the chart started in 1952. Enjoy!

YEAR    TITLE                                                                                    ARTIST

1952       YOU BELONG TO ME                                                     JO STAFFORD

1953       ANSWER ME                                                                     DAVID WHITFIELD

1954       SANTO NATALE                                                               DAVID WHITFIELD

1955       ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK                                      BILL HALEY AND HIS COMETS

1956       SINGING THE BLUES                                                     GUY MITCHELL

1957       MA HE’S MAKING EYES AT ME JOHNNY              OTIS AND HIS ORCHESTRA WITH MARIE ADAMS

1958       HOOT MON                                                                         LORD ROCKINGHAM’S XI

1959       WHAT DO YOU WANT                                                   ADAM FAITH

1960       IT’S NOW OR NEVER                                                      ELVIS PRESLEY

1961       TOWER OF STRENGTH                                                  FRANKIE VAUGHN

1962       THE NEXT TIME/BACHELOR BOY                           CLIFF RICHARD

1963       SHE LOVES YOU                                                              THE BEATLES

1964       DOWNTOWN                                                                      PETULA CLARK

1965       WIND ME UP (LET ME GO)                                          CLIFF RICHARD

1966       SUNSHINE SUPERMAN                                                  DONOVAN

1967       MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR (EP)                               THE BEATLES

1968       BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP                                         THE FOUNDATIONS

1969       RUBY, DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN        KENNY ROGERS AND THE FIRST EDITION

1970       WHEN I’M DEAD AND GONE                                      MCGUINNESS FLINT

1971       JEEPSTER                                                                            T. REX

1972       MY DING-A-LING                                                             CHUCK BERRY

1973       I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE                                      GARY GLITTER

1974       YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET                               BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE

1975       I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS                        GREG LAKE

1976       UNDER THE MOON OF LOVE                                     SHOWADDYWADDY

1977       THE FLORAL DANCE                                                     BRIGHOUSE AND RASTRICK BRASS BAND

1978       Y.M.C.A.                                                                               THE VILLAGE PEOPLE

1979       I HAVE A DREAM                                                            ABBA

1980       (JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER                                    JOHN LENNON

1981       DADDY’S HOME                                                               CLIFF RICHARD

1982       BLUE CHRISTMAS (EP)                                                 SHAKIN’ STEVENS

1983       MY OH MY                                                                         SLADE

1984       LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS   WHAM

1985       SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU                            WHITNEY HOUSTON

1986       CARAVAN OF LOVE                                                       THE HOUSEMARTINS

1987       FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK                                        THE POGUES & KIRSTY MACCOLL

1988       ESPECIALLY FOR YOU                                                  KYLIE AND JASON

1989       LET’S PARTY                                                                     JIVE BUNNY AND THE MASTERMIXERS

1990       ICE ICE BABY                                                                   VANILLA ICE

1991       WHEN YOU TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME        DIANA ROSS

1992       HEAL THE WORLD                                                          MICHAEL JACKSON

1993       BABE                                                                                    TAKE THAT

1994       ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU                   MARIAH CAREY

1995       WONDERWALL                                                                 THE MIKE FLOWER POPS

1996       KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR                                DUNBLANE

1997       TELETUBBIES SAY EH-OH!                                         TELETUBBIES

1998       CHOCOLATE SALTY BALLS (P.S. I LOVE YOU)  CHEF

1999       THE MILLENNUM PRAYER                                         CLIFF RICHARD

2000       WHAT MAKES A MAN                                                   WESTLIFE

2001       HOW WONDERFUL YOU ARE                                    GORDON HASKELL

2002       SACRED TRUST                                                                ONE TRUE VOICE

2003       CHRISTMAS TIME (DON’T LET THE BELLS END)    THE DARKNESS

2004       FATHER AND SON                                                           RONAN KEATING FT. YUSUF ISLAM

2005       JCB SONG                                                                            NIZLOPI

2006       PATIENCE                                                                           TAKE THAT

2007       WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD                 KATIE MELUA AND EVA CASSIDY

2008       HALLELUJAH                                                                    JEFF BUCKLEY

2009       THE CLIMB                                                                        JOE MCELDERRY

2010       WHAT’S MY NAME                                                         RIHANNA FT. DRAKE

2011       CANNONBALL                                                                   LITTLE MIX

2012       IMPOSSIBLE                                                                      JAMES ARTHUR

2013       HAPPY                                                                                  PHARRELL

2014       UPTOWN FUNK                                                                 MARK RONSON FT. BRUNO MARS

2015       LOVE YOURSELF                                                             JUSTIN BIEBER

2016       HUMAN                                                                                RAG’N’BONE MAN

2017       RIVER                                                                                   EMINEM FT. ED SHEERAN

2018       SWEET BUT PSYCHO                                                     AVA MAX

2019       OWN IT                                                                                 STORMZY FT ED SHEERAN & BURNA BOY

2020       ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU                   MARIAH CAREY

©2021 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

  1. A Christmas Track.
  1. One More Sleep Leons Lewis 2:50
  1. A CHRISTMAS ALBUM.

  1. AN ANNUAL.

  1. A CHRISTMAS THEMED GAME.

  1. CHRISTMAS FILMS.

  1. CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATESELECTION BOX.

  1. A CHRISTMAS THEMED JIGSAW.

  1. A CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOK.
  1. DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.
  1. ADULT CHRISTMAS BOOK.

  1. A CHRISTMAS TREE.

  1. CHRISTMAS JUMPERS.

  1. CHRISTMAS TV TIMES.

 

  1. CHRISTMAS RADIO TIMES.

 

  1. A PANTOMIME.

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SOUTHAMPTON
Venue: Mayflower
Title: Cinderella

Production company: Crossroads Pantomimes

Dates: 10th December 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Cast: Craig Revel Horwood, Debbie McGee, Richard Cadell & Sooty, Daniel Norford, Georgia Carr

Special effects by The Twins FX

  1. ELF ON THE SHELF.

 

  1. CHRISTMAS TOP TEN.

 

The TOP 20 biggest Christmas Number 1s of all time

The ultimate list of yuletide smashes

By Ian Wade

It’s that time of the year again, as we await the news as to who will be the Christmas Number 1 2021. But what are the biggest Christmas Number 1s of all time? Well, handily we’ve been at the calculators and worked out what they are by combining both sales and streaming figures to produce the ultimate list.

Look away now though, Ladbaby, I’d pop the bubbly back in the fridge if I were you.

Perhaps the quintessential Christmas chart-topper, the original Band Aid line-up’s version of Do They Know It’s Christmas from 1984 is not only the biggest-seller with 3.83 million sales, but with streams combined it now totals at 4,989,000. With it continuing to re-enter the Official Chart every Christmas, it’s likely to hold on to that position for some time.

But wait. Who is this hot on its heels? Why, it’s Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody with a combined total of 4,304,000, possibly helped by the fact it’s been Christmas Number 1 twice. Also, due to its non-Christmas subject matter and being Queen’s biggest song in general which is played throughout the year, it has the potential of creeping up to pole position.

Another non-festive favourite that’s stormed its way up the list is Ed Sheeran’s 2017 Number 1 Perfect, with a combined total of 4,130,000. Again, it’s one of those non-period specific songs that could gradually creep up all year round as saleswise it doesn’t rank in the Top 20, Perfect’s success is predominantly down to streaming alone.

The grand finale of Boney M’s annus miraculous of 1978, and their Number 1 single Mary’s Boy Child/ Oh My Lord, is in fourth places with a combined figure of 2,354,000, with 1.9 million of those down to sales of the song at the time.

Another song by an act that defined their particular year is Don’t You Want Me by The Human League, which finished off, what was for them, an incredible 1981. With a combined total of 2,328,000 including 1.6 million pure sales, the song has re-entered the chart (in 1995 and 2014) albeit just not at Christmas time.

Whitney Houston’s legendary take on Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You from 1992, which spent ten weeks at the top, is at Number 6 in our rundown. The evergreen is now at 2,289,000 with 1.67 million pure sales.

Clean Bandit’s 2016 chart-topper Rockabye, um, rocks up at Number 7 due mostly to streaming as it doesn’t feature in the Top 20 on sales, but still amasses a healthy 2,196,000 chart sales.

Approaching its fiftieth anniversary and unlikely to be disappearing any time soon is Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade. The glam rockers’ pension plan shows no sign of letting up, being a regular playlist staple and Christmas chart returnee on 2,156,000, with 1.32 million of those as pure sales.

Number 9 sees Paul McCartney and Wings’ Mull Of Kintyre currently at 2,140,000 with 2.09million sales mostly from its time in the Official Chart in 1977. In fact Macca does quite well overall as he populates the Top 20 with three songs from his stint in The Beatles, with I Want To Hold Your Hand at Number 10, I Feel Fine at 14 and Day Tripper/ We Can Work It Out at 15.

The Top 20 is rounded off by the viral sensation that was Rage Against The Machine’s Christmas Number 1 Killing In The Name, with 1,313,000. The track caused great upset to Simon Cowell and The X Factor, who had enjoyed a run of festive chart-toppers before this rap metal anthem barged in, thanks to a campaign led by Jon Morter.

 

Official Top 20 Biggest Christmas Number 1s

POS        TITLE                                                                                    ARTIST                                YEAR                    PEAK

1              DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS?                         BAND AID                           1984                       1

2              BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY                                                QUEEN                                  1975/1991            1

3              PERFECT                                                                             ED SHEERAN                     2017                       1

4              MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD                          BONEY M                            1978                       1

5              DON’T YOU WANT ME?                                                THE HUMAN LEAGUE   1981                       1

6              I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU                                       WHITNEY HOUSTON      1992                       1

7              ROCKABYE                                                                        CLEAN BANDIT                2016                       1

8              MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY                                       SLADE                                  1973                       1

9              MULL OF KINTYRE/GIRLS’ SCHOOL                       WINGS                                  1977                       1

10           I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND                                THE BEATLES                   1963                       1

11           MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE                              SHAKIN’ STEVENS           1985                       1

12           HALLELUJAH                                                                    ALEXANDRA BURKE     2008                       1

13           ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2)            PINK FLOYD                       1979                       1

14           I FEEL FINE                                                                        THE BEATLES                   1964                       1

15           WE CAN WORK IT OUT/DAY TRIPPER                   THE BEATLES                   1965                       1

16           EARTH SONG                                                                     MICHAEL JACKSON        1995                       1

17           GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME                            TOM JONES                        1966                       1

18           2 BECOME 1                                                                       SPICE GIRLS                      1996                       1

19           STAY ANOTHER DAY                                                    EAST 17                               1994                       1

20           KILLING IN THE NAME                                                 RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE 2009                 1

©2021 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

*This chart is compiled taking in physical and digital sales, plus streaming equivalent sales.

 

  1. SCROOGE.

  1. SANTA & RUDOLF.
  1. A CHRISTMAS FACT OR TWO OR THREE.
  1. December 25 to January 5, referred to as “Christmastide” or “Twelve Holy Days,” is the derivation of the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

 

  1. The busiest shopping day of the year is not Black Friday, but the Saturday before Christmas. The busiest online shopping day takes place on the Monday or Tuesday a week or two before the week of Christmas.

 

  1. In 2008, a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death when he attempted to open the doors to the store at 5 a.m. on Black Friday. In 2010, there were several reports of violence on Black Friday, including a Wisconsin woman who was arrested when she threatened other shoppers with a gun after she cut in line.

 

  1. “Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money.” – Author Unknown
  1. A CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE.

What’s the most popular Christmas wine?

“I don’t like Brussel sprouts.”

  1. CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD HOUSE.

 

BUCKINGHAM PALACE MADE IN GINGERBREAD