Tim Minchin’s White Wine in the Sun critiques the western commercial Christmas and religious institutions, but captures beautifully the potential warmth, caring and community of the holiday. It will never be everyone’s favourite, but I go all sniffly and gooey when I hear it.
I’ve never come across a more joyful version of Joy to the World than that by the Supremes. I sing along loudly, conduct passing strangers and fancy myself as Diana Ross. I have stop- no moping about, reading or boring housework when this comes on. Drop all and join me.
The long term reader may remember that I am a fan of Tracey Thorn. Her Christmas album Tinsel and Lights is fabulous- any track will do. Oh to have a voice like that.
There always has to be room for fun and irreverence. Did you know about the reindeer Joey and Chandler? Or Jesus the reindeer? This song has livened up a few journeys recently.
Whatever is going on in your world, no matter how different this holiday time is from those gone before, find the things you can enjoy, and hold on tight to them. If singing loudly works for you, then deafen us all. Warm thoughts and virtual hugs all round.
Spurs Fan has driven Girl1 to the county development squad for Gaelic football. She and her friends get specialist coaching, a new jersey and a chance to represent County Down in Under 13 games. Spurs Fan spends the time catching up on work related reading.
Girl2 is preparing for the selection tests for transfer to secondary school. She is calm/ content/ hyper/ tearful/ anxious/ cross/ cheerful. The delights of our local system mean that she will be tested on four Saturday mornings in November. There is a lot of work to do. None of us enjoy this.
We’ve had dry sunny weekends recently. We have not been to the caravan. We have been doing all the other things that families do (dancing, working, running, soccer, sleeping, socialising). While all that activity is going on, I spend Sunday morning with Cerys on 6music. Unpredictable, melodic, always interesting.
If you need a little variety in your listening, if you miss the wilderness, if you have dull work to be doing, find Cerys.