Can you believe it’s that time of year again?
Christmases (or should that be Christmi?) come around faster and faster each year.
The loyal readers among you might remember that, for advent last year, I did a countdown of my favourite Christmas songs, imaginatively titled #EdisXmasCountdown. The disloyal charlatans among you won’t remember that, but I forgive you. Christmas goodwill and all that.
So here’s the deal: every day, instead of scoffing a morsel of poor quality chocolate before breakfast, I will share one of my favourite Christmas songs on Twitter and my Instagram story. Then each Sunday, I will share a blog post, saying a little more about that week’s songs and what they mean to me.
This is the first of those posts.
I have tried to gather a mix of secular songs and carols, old and new music, as well as interesting covers of classic songs that you might not have heard. Hopefully there will be something for everyone, but perhaps it’s more likely that there will actually be nothing for anyone who isn’t me, seeing that this is a list of my favourite songs.
Now that all the housekeeping is out of the way, this is what the last few days have sounded like to me.
The Light Came Down – Josh Garrels
Our first song is a charming piece of indie folk. A slow, atmospheric start leads into gentle vocals from Garrels who sings us through the meaning of Christmas. The harmonies are stunning, the strings are cheerful, and the message is beautiful.
This is what Christmas is about.
I wanted to include this song in last year’s countdown but I discovered it too late and had already run out of space on the list. Regardless, I loved the song so much that I have been listening to it all year round, even though I know that enjoying Christmas music outside of November and December is illegal.
Santa’s Coming For Us – Sia
Day two definitely steps things up a notch. This is the lead single from Sia’s new Christmas album Everyday Is Christmas. Seasonal albums are always a bit of a risk. On one hand, you’re limiting all purchases/streams of your music to the two aforementioned legally prescribed Christmas music months; but on the other hand, if you’re lucky, you can score a goldmine like All I Want For Christmas Is You which reportedly earns Mariah Carey £376,000 every year!
I don’t think Sia has anything to worry about because this upbeat pop track is an instant classic. Singing about the joy of indulging in clichéd yuletide things like hot chocolate and writing letters to Santa, this song taps into an excitement that I haven’t felt since I was but a young lad. With it’s irresistible beat and star-studded video, this catchy tune will have you bopping all the way to Christmas.
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Andy Williams
Despite its unnecessarily long title, this track is an absolute staple of Christmas season. Basically just a list of things we do at Christmas, this cheerful song sounds like it was written exclusively to play over montages of Christmas preparations in movies. How many Christmas films (of varying quality) have you seen that open with this song playing in the background while people put lights on trees and wrap presents? I can already think of three.
Like literally every song that is even vaguely Christmas-related, Michael Buble has done a popular cover of this song, but today we’re going for the original.
Take it away, Andy.
That’s it for now, I’ll see you next week for some more festive tunes.