JUST 1 SLEEP TO GO (IF YOU CAN) FOR CHRISTMAS 2019

JUST 1 SLEEP TO GO (IF YOU CAN) FOR CHRISTMAS 2019

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Tuesday 24th December 2019

You didn’t think you could wait but you did do. I suppose you had to. Now there is just 1 SLEEP left. If you can sleep that is:

  1. DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS PICTURE

 Didn’t know Rudolf could drive did you? Well how else would he get home for Christmas?

 

  1. A CHRISTMAS LIST

25 FAMOUS CAROLS

1              Carol Decker

2              Carol Smith

3              Carol Dickinson

4              Carol McLaughlin

5              Carol Woolley

6              Carol Vorderman

7              Carol Ann Duffy

8              Carol Thatcher

9              Carol Burnett

10           Carol Alt

11           Carol McKuen

12           Carol Channing

13           Carol Smillie

14           Carol O’Neil

15           Carol Cleveland

16           Carol Hawkins

17           Carol Needham

18           Carol McGriffin

19           Carol White

20           Carol Barnes

21           Carol Drinkwater

22           Carol Deene

23           Carole King

24           Auntie Caroline

25           Radio Caroline

Ok, I guess that was not what you were expecting. Is this more in line with your thoughts:

25 CHRISTMAS CAROLS

 1             Hark The Herald Angels Sing

2            O Little Town Of Bethlehem

3            Silent Nught

4            The First Noel

5            Once in Royal David s City

6            We Three Kings

7            Holy Night

8            Deck The Halls

9            While Shepherds Watched

10          On Christmas Night (Sussex carol)

11          God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

12          In The Bleak Midwinter

13          Good King Wenceslas

14          Ding Dong! Merrily On High

15          Christians Awake!

16          See Amid The Winter s Snow

17          Angels From The Realms Of Glory

18          Joy To The World

19          We Come A-Wassailing

20          Lully, Lula (The Coventry Carol)

21          The Holly And The Ivy

22          Mary had A Baby

23          I Saw Three Ships

24          Away In A Manger

25          O Come All Ye Faithful

 

  1. CHRISTMAS WORDS

Since the end of WWII, Icelanders have celebrated the Jolabokaflod, or Christmas Book Flood, exchanging books as presents and reading on Christmas Eve

In the land of the Sagas, it isn’t Christmas if there isn’t a deluge of books under the tree — literally.

The Jolabokaflod, or Christmas Book Flood, is a much-loved tradition that has been celebrated in Iceland since 1945.

It’s a bit like Britain’s “Super Thursday”, when hundreds of hardbacks hit the shelves on the first Thursday of October, but much bigger: two-thirds of books in Iceland are published in November and December.

Hundreds of new titles go on sale in bookshops and supermarkets at reduced prices, a yuletide custom that has also become vital for the publishing industry’s survival.

On Christmas Eve, Icelanders traditionally exchange books and spend the evening reading — perhaps curling up by the fireside with the latest crime novel by Arnaldur Indridason, who’s topped bestseller lists for the past two decades in his native country of 360,000 people.

“Literature is very important in Iceland and it is, I guess, the art form that is something the whole public can relate to,” artist and mother-of-two Sigrun Hrolfsdottir, who lives in Seltjarnarnes, a small district in the Reykjavik area, said.

Her daughter and son, Duna and Gudmundur, have already picked the books they want out of the “Bokatidindi”, an 80-page catalogue of novels, poetry and children’s books distributed free of charge to all households.

The 2019 catalogue features 842 new titles.

Almost seven out of 10 Icelanders buy at least one book as a Christmas gift, according to the Icelandic Publishers Association.

– ‘To be Icelandic is to read’ –

Iceland’s literary tradition was born about 900 years ago with the Sagas, widely seen as a gem in world literature and still studied in school by Icelandic children today.

The Jolabokaflod dates back to the end of World War II, when Iceland, a poor country, imposed strict currency restrictions that limited imports.

But paper remained affordable, so books became the Christmas gift of choice.

Iceland had also just gained independence after seven centuries of Norwegian and Danish rule.

More than 90 percent of Icelanders read at least one book a year, and half read more than eight a year, according to a 2013 study from Bifrost University.

At full price, the average hardback costs 6,990 kronur (about 52 euros, $57), more than twice the cost in France or Britain.

Part of the high cost comes from the value-added tax (VAT) on books, hiked from seven to 11 percent in 2015, which comes on top of already high printing and import costs — as Iceland has almost no forests, books have to be printed abroad.

The high prices have had a negative impact on the book market, with sales almost slashed in two since 2010.

In a bid to support the industry, the government decided this year to reimburse 25 percent of the production costs for books published in Icelandic, for both original and translated works.

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

And it’s been so long

But I will be there

I sing this song

To pass the time away

Driving in my car

Driving home for Christmas

It’s gonna take some time

  1. NICE LITTLE CHRISTMAS NUMBER

116         8 – Between the 16th and 19th centuries global temperatures were significantly lower than normal in what was known as a “little ice age”. Charles Dickens grew up during this period and experienced snow for his first eight Christmases. This “White Christmas” experience influenced his writing and began a tradition of expectation for the holidays.

117         One of Sir Henry Cole’s (invemtor of Christmas card) first Christmas cards, sent to his Grandmother was recently sold at auction for  £22,500.

118         1p The cost of posting a Christmas card when they were first invented in 1846

119         50m – Charities estimate that £50m is raised for good causes through the sales of charity Christmas cards each year.

120         842 – Icelanders celebrate the Jolabokaflod, or Christmas Book Flood & exchanging books as presents and read on Christmas Eve”Bokatidindi”, is an 80-page catalogue of novels, poetry and children’s books distributed free of charge to all households in Iceland.The 2019 catalogue features 842 new titles.

 

  1. CHRISTMAS TRACK OF THE DAY
  1. 18 - One More Sleep Leona Lewis 3:58

THE FOLLOWING LATE 70s CHRISTMAS PROTST TRACK BY SIMON & GARFUNKEL I LOVE

 

  1. 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night Simon & Garfunkel 1:58
  1. A MERRY CHRISTMAS SHORT FILM OR VIDEO

 Lego TV Ad

  1. CHRISTMAS COMPILATION ALBUM

Classic FM’s The Nation’s Favourite Carols

TRACKS

1              Joy To The World!

2              Ding Dong! Merrily On High

3              In The Bleak Midwinter (I) (feat. Bryn Terfel)

4              Shepherd’s Pipe Carol

5              O Holy Night (Trystan Griffiths)

6              See Amid The Winter’s Snow

7              God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

8              Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

9              The First Nowell

10           Angels’ Carol

11           Unto Us Is Born A Son

12           O Little Town Of Bethlehem

13           Carol Of The Bells

14           Once In Royal David’s City

15           Silent Night

16           It Came Upon The Midnight Clear

17           In The Bleak Midwinter (II)

18           Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

19           Coventry Carol

20           Candlelight Carol

21           Good King Wenceslas

22           Away In A Manger

23           O Come All Ye Faithful

  1. HISTORY OF RADIO TIMES CHRISTMAS COVERS
  1. HISTORY OF TV TIMES CHRISTMAS COVERS
  1. IT’S A CRACKER

Doctor, doctor! I’m scared of Father Christmas!You’re suffering from Claus-trophobia!

  1. CHRISTMAS CARD OF THE DAY

 

BONUS CHRISTMAS BOOK REVIEW

 

The Phantom Carwash (Banana Book by Chris Powling

 

 

 

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore (Author), Angela Barrett (Illustrator)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Phil M Robinson