CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN BLOG Sunday 6th December 2020

CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN ADVENT BLOG Sunday 6th December 2020

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12 RAMBLINGS OF CHRISTMAS

 

ONLY 19 SLEEPS TO CHRISTMAS

 

  1. A CHRISTMAS QUOTE

           The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school. – Alice Cooper

  1. CHRISTMAS FEATURE – CHARTWISE, IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK ALOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

You know it’s starting to look like Christmas, pandemic or no pandemic when the end of the week’s Official Singles Chart Top 100 is published and 38 of those 100 tracks or records are Christmas themed ones. And most have been around for years. There’s something warm and cosy about it all, but also wonderful to see the mix of new blood too.

Here are all those tracks:

Official Best Selling Singles Chart Top 100

For the weekending 04 December 2020

 

2              ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU  – MARIAH CAREY           

3              LAST CHRISTMAS  – WHAM      

5              MIDNIGHT SKY – MILEY CYRUS

8              FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK – POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL    

13           IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE – MICHAEL BUBLE         

14           MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE – SHAKIN’ STEVEN                     

15           DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS – BAND AID 

16           SANTA TELL ME – ARIANA GRANDE     

18           STEP INTO CHRISTMAS – ELTON JOHNMERCURY

19           ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE – BRENDA LEE          

20           UNDERNEATH THE TREE – KELLY CLARKSON

21           ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE – JUSTIN BIEBER     

22           DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS – CHRIS REA

23           I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY – WIZZARDEMI 

28           THIS CHRISTMAS – JESS GLYNNE

32           MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY – SLADE   

33           ONE MORE SLEEP – LEONA LEWIS

36           IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR – ANDY WILLIAMS

37           HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS – MICHAEL BUBLE

38           JINGLE BELL ROCK – BOBBY HELMS   

39           WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME – PAUL MCCARTNEY  

40           HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) – JOHN & YOKO/PLASTIC ONO BAN        

41           HOLIDAY – LIL NAS X   41           3             

43           MISTLETOE – JUSTIN BIEBER   

51           SLEIGH RIDE – RONETTES          

54           LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW – DEAN MARTIN       

57           SANTA BABY – KYLIE MINOGUE            

58           NAUGHTY LIST – LIAM PAYNE FT DIXIE D’AMELIO

72           CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – COLDPLAY          

73           COZY LITTLE CHRISTMAS – KATY PERRY         

75           HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS – SAM SMITH              

77           HOLIDAY – LITTLE MIX              

78           WHITE CHRISTMAS – BING CROSBY     

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

85           LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW – FRANK SINATRA   

96           SANTA’S COMING FOR US – SIA               

98           CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME) – DARLENE LOVE   

100         IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER – JAMIE CULLUM

  1. CHRISTMAS MOVIE
Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)

4.  CHRISTMAS SONG

  1. 30 - Blue Christmas Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers 2:58

5.CHRISTMAS CHILDREN’S BOOK

Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever by Matt Tavares  (Author, Illustrator)

Paperback : 40 pages

Publisher : Walker Books

Reading level : 5 – 9 years

Discover the magical story of Dasher, Santa’s very first reindeer, in a Christmas gift-book to treasure year after year.

Dasher is a little doe with a wish in her heart. She spends her days with her family under the hot sun in a travelling circus, but she longs for a different life – one where there is snow beneath her hooves and the North Star above her head. One day, when the opportunity arises, Dasher seizes her destiny and takes off in pursuit of the life she wants to live. It’s not long before she meets a nice man in a red suit with a horse-drawn sleigh, a man named Santa. And soon, with the help of a powerful Christmas wish, nothing will be the same… Matt Tavares’ beautifully illustrated and evocatively told story bristles with all the magic of the festive season.

6.CHRISTMAS CAROL

Coventry Carol

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

            What athlete is warmest in winter? A long jumper!

8.  EVERY CHRISTMAS TV TIMES COVER

9.   A FAMOUS SCROOGE

10.   SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT – A TOP TV CHRISTMAS SPECIAL FROM THE PAST

The Vicar of Dibley – The Christmas Lunch Incident

UK/Special/1996Aired on BBC

“The Christmas Lunch Incident” is a Christmas special episode of the British television sitcom The Vicar of Dibley. The episode was first broadcast on BBC1 in the United Kingdom on 25 December 1996. It was the eighth episode of The Vicar of Dibley to be produced and transmitted. Repeats are broadcast regularly around Christmas on both the original channel and more frequently on the UKTV comedy channel Gold. The episode was written by regular writers Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer.

11.   NICE LITTLE CHRISTMAS NUMBER

51           1 in 10 The chances of a White Christmas  for England and Wales               

52           1 in 6  The chances of a White Christmasfor Scotland and Northern Ireland               

53           27% of families sit down to watch the Queen’s Speech.               

54           82% of people surveyed own a Christmas jumper, with 25-34 year olds the most likely to buy one, according to Matalan.               

55           75% of people buy their festive jumper to wear for a work event, whilst over half wear one on Christmas Day.               

56           57% of adults in the UK would gladly sacrifice seeing relatives on Christmas day if it meant they could spend more time on Facebook. (2016 Survey)               

57           11.6 million viewers. Gavin & Stacey Christmas Day TV Audience 2019 Biggest TV Audience for Christmas Day 2019               

58           7 – During the 20th century there were only seven official white Christmases in the United Kingdom.               

59           2 Weeks – According to data gathered from Facebook, two weeks before Christmas is one of the two most popular times for couples to break up; one would guess to avoid buying presents. Christmas Day is the least popular.               

60           50 million copies worldwide have been sold  since 1942 of the bestselling Christmas single ever is Bing Crosby’s White Christmas. Irving Berlin who wrote Whie Christmas, hated Elvis Presley’s version of “White Christmas” so much that he tried to prevent radio stations from playing Presley’s cover.

12.  CHRISTMAS TV ADVERT

Amazon 2020 Christmas TV advert