When @himupnorth asked on Twitter yesterday if anyone wanted to write a blog post about their favourite Christmas song I jumped at the opportunity. I had been in the festive spirit while wrapping presents all evening but for some reason was grumpy because I hadn’t managed to get everything done, so when I saw the word “Christmas” I thought it would be the perfect way to get bring back my festive cheer! Then I thought what is my favourite Christmas song?

I listen to Christmas songs as soon as I’m allowed. In our house the rule is after 6th November (that’s the last family birthday before Christmas) and this year, sure enough, the Christmas album was on in the office on 7th November. When I say “the” Christmas album, one of the many that I own. I’m not sure why I own so many though, as they’ve all got roughly the same songs on. I suspect that these days, each year they bring out a Christmas album, probably with “NOW” in the title and it’s the same album each year with another X Factor winner’s single included, with a Cliff single bumped to make room. The last time I bought a Christmas album was the year after the Gary Jules v. Darkness battle – a true battle for Christmas number 1!

Anyway, I digress. In thinking about the albums I own it became apparent to me what my favourite Christmas song is. I have made a (perfectly legal) backup copy of all of my Christmas CDs to have in the car, so I don’t risk losing the original. I now have an iPhone and a car with Bluetooth, but at Christmas, for nostalgic reasons, I still use the CDs. When I copied these CDs I drew a car (well, it kind of looks like a car, I wrote “brum brum” under it incase of uncertainty!) on one of them so that I knew which disc Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea was on.

You see, on the whole, I don’t really mind which Christmas songs I hear on the lead up to Christmas, but the one song I must hear on my final drive before Christmas Day, is Driving Home for Christmas. I used to listen to it on my way home from my last day of work but as I now work from home it has to be more carefully planned to ensure I don’t miss the opportunity. Here it is now (pretend you’re in a car):

Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas

It may not be the most iconic Christmas song, the most traditional or even the best to sing along to, but it’s one of the things that makes Christmas, Christmas for me and so it’s my favourite! What’s yours?

Here are some other Bloggers who will be sharing their favourite Christmas songs:

Him Up North (who started this) at The Blog Up North

Kate at The Five Fs

Pippa at Red Rose Mummy

Noel at My Writing

The Stay At Home Dad at SAHDANDPROUD

“Me” at The Boy and Me

Pink Oddy at Pink Oddy’s Blog

Why not share your favourites by commenting on this post and spread some Christmas cheer?

And quickly back to battles for Christmas number 1. I remembered that I wrote a poem a couple of years ago before the Rage v. McEldery battle (still not a proper Christmas number 1 battle in my opinion) and here it is, it’s called Chasing the Christmas Number One:

The race for Christmas number one used to start in November,
But over the last few years there has only been one contender,
Sir Terry and Aled gave it a go and Take That have been patient too,
But since 2005 the number one slot has gone to you know who…

The winner of the X Factor seems to have it guaranteed,
Their singles sell at world record breaking speed,
It seems a shame that they have this coveted position handed to them on a platter,
Especially as the songs they sing have little festive spirit or Christmassy chatter.

When I hear the Christmas song I want to feel all jolly,
Perhaps there could be mention of mistletoe or holly,
Jingle bells, Christmas carols and footprints in the snow,
Are what I want to hear about to give me that Christmas glow.

The X Factor’s a great idea to discover hidden talent,
But perhaps next year they could release the single for advent,
I miss the videos with fluffy hoods like “Stay Another Day”,
I even wish that Sir Cliff could have another chance to have his say.

The battles used to be hard fought between boy bands and animated builders,
And even Lennon would be beaten into second by a bunch of child choristers,
I remember listening to the radio on the Sunday before Christmas,
Hoping the most deserving artist had answered their Christmas wishes.

When I hear the Christmas song I want to feel all jolly,
Perhaps there could be mention of mistletoe or holly,
Jingle bells, Christmas carols and footprints in the snow,
Are what I want to hear about to give me that Christmas glow.

With this song I might have thought about chasing Christmas number one,
But by the time I have put the bells to it the competition will be done,
Enjoy wrapping presents and decorating the tree,
But I’m pretty sure the number one won’t be given to me.

But, just in case I have a chance Merry Christmas to one and all,
I hope you have a fantastic time and make sure you have a ball.

When I hear the Christmas song I want to feel all jolly,
Perhaps there could be mention of mistletoe or holly,
Jingle bells, Christmas carols and footprints in the snow,
Are what I want to hear about to give me that Christmas glow.