It’s beginning to look a lot like…cocktails!
Well, cocktails at the most wonderful time of the year which for me, is Christmas!
At this time of year, I become even happier (and probably more annoying to my loved ones!) than usual. I make a massive deal out of putting up my Christmas tree on 1st December, drinking out of festive mugs is mandatory and Shakin’ Stevens bangs out Merry Christmas Everyone as my 6:15am alarm. Sorry neighbours!
There’s nothing like the festive season to bring people together. Friends, colleagues, family and actually, a whole bunch of strangers. And whilst we all go our separate ways to spend time with loved ones, bury ourselves in wrapping paper and glitter there’s one thing which blends everyone into one happy place…Christmas songs!
This week I caught up with some awesome ex-colleagues in a cosy, traditional London pub where the wine and belly laughs were flowing and then it happened. The Christmas tunes began playing and the whole pub was in full voice busting out some dance moves. It was like someone had flicked a switch and everyone was taken over by a contagious mania, it was fantastic, there wasn’t a grumpy face in sight.
And in addition, on a windy, miserable, freezing cold evening yesterday, my neighbours huddled under umbrellas to sing Christmas carols to share Yuletide vibes. The number of people who gathered to support them was a testament to just how far we will go to feel the Noel warmth.
So what is it about Christmas songs that can make us so happy?
THEY ARE PLAYED ONCE A YEAR
They are songs which can’t be played for 11 months of the year. They just don’t work at any other time other than Christmas, right? So when they begin playing it’s a sign that the festive season has begun, a time to re-connect with loved ones and be merry. We just can’t get enough of the music!
I don’t know about you but a lot of Christmas songs are linked to my childhood. Listening to classics as a nipper sitting in my dressing gown waiting patiently for Santa to arrive through to adulthood, they have only grown in sentimentality.
From decorating the tree to immersing ourselves in movies, inhaling roast turkey, lighting cinnamon candles, drinking eggnog and searching for gifts to make people smile, it goes to show that Christmas spirit isn’t about to die any time soon.
What are your favourite Christmas songs?
Do you have Christmas Music Mania?
I wanted to take the opportunity to say a massive thank you to all of my readers and supporters over the last two years, I really do appreciate your loyalty and encouragement. It means the world to me and here’s to more jam-packed material in 2019.
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
By Nicci McShane