CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN BLOG Monday 21st December 2020

 

CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN ADVENT BLOG Monday 21st December 2020

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12 RAMBLINGS OF CHRISTMAS

 

ONLY 4 SLEEPS TO CHRISTMAS

 

  1. A CHRISTMAS QUOTE

“I love Christmas. I receive a lot of wonderful presents I can’t wait to exchange.” – Henny Youngman

  1. CHRISTMAS FEATURE – ALL THE CHRISTMAS No.1s EVER… Part 2 1987-2019

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       LadBaby                                               “I Love Sausage Rolls”                                                                       1

2020       To be announced on CHRISTMAS DAY 25th December 2020

3.  CHRISTMAS MOVIE

Home Alone (1990 Budget 418m Box Office $477m

4.   CHRISTMAS SONG

  1. 23 Gladys Knight - Do You Hear What I Hear

5.   CHRISTMAS CHILDREN’S BOOK

Young Ebenezer: A New Christmas Carol Paperback by Rose English  (Author)

Paperback : 76 pages

Publisher : Gillari Books

Young Ebenezer

A New Christmas Carol

This story is a seasonal treat, a modern, lyrical re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic – ‘A Christmas Carol.’

The book is specially designed for families to share during the Holiday Season, or for young competent readers to try for themselves. This book is a beautiful gift to treasure, with full colour images on every page.

Eb is a spoilt child who really is not one for caring, and he certainly hates sharing. He is watched over by a very special guardian – the family’s ancient longcase clock, who is bestowed with magic. His name is Grandfather Time.

On Christmas Eve Grandfather Time decides he must teach the boy a lesson. So he calls upon his friends; the Ghosts of Past, Present and Future and with lessons to learn he brings forth the first tutor – a little golden-red King Charles spaniel, called Miss Ruby Heart.

Will this unlikely pair be able to teach the boy the error of his ways? Or will he be doomed to be a scruffy, lonely teenager stuck forever in his own little world?

6.   CHRISTMAS CAROL

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

7.   IT’S A CRACKER (CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE)

          What would you call an elf who just has won the lottery?  Welfy

8.   EVERY CHRISTMAS TV TIMES COVER

 

9.   A FAMOUS SCROOGE

A 1935 Scrooge

10.   SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT – A TOP TV CHRISTMAS SPECIAL FROM THE PASTMr. Bean – Merry Christmas Mr. Bean

UK/Special/1992Aired on ITV

“Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean” is the seventh episode of the British television series Mr. Bean, produced by Tiger Aspect Productions for Thames Television. It was first broadcast on ITV on Tuesday, December 29, 1992 as part of ITV’s Christmas schedule and was viewed by 18.48 million viewers during its original airing. This was the final episode to be written by Richard Curtis and the last to be broadcast by Thames Television on behalf of the ITV network. Mr Bean – No. of episodes          15

11.   NICE LITTLE CHRISTMAS NUMBER

201         161 – The tallest living Christmas tree in America is the 161-foot tree in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The star placed at the top is ten feet tall!               

202         22 million Turkeys eaten  in the United States at Christmas.               

203         202 – On the internet, IMDB lists 202 various ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, film adaptations, including films with non-traditional stories.               

204         1741 – In Dublin in 1742 the Christmas oratorio, The Messiah, by George Frederick Handle was first performed.               

205         1914 – Stanley Weintraub wrote about a famous Christmas truce in 1914 during World War I when the Germans and British exchanged gifts and played football in his book Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce. Published 2001               

206         94 – This year is the 94th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But it is a lot different because of Covid-19 restrictions               

207         250,000 people saw the first May’s New York Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924               

208         1932 – MACY’S PARADE WAS BROADCAST FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1932.These broadcasts were radio-only, so listeners had to use their imaginations. The first televised parade took place in 1946 and was limited to the New York area only.               

209          25- – A huge Mickey Mouse balloon appeared in the 1934 Macey’s Thanksgiving Parade. 40-foot-high, 23-foot-wide balloon, which was “held down to Earth by 25 husky attendants,”               

210         50 million people watch  Macy’s New York Thanksgiving Day Parade from home

12.   CHRISTMAS TV ADVERT

McDONALDS 2020 Christmas TV Advert