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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

English Winter

For yet another week, England is living up to it's stereotype of miserable weather, with yet more persistent rain lashing down on us.

After last nights downpour, the normal route from my village has now been cut off through flooding, and the back route is now more of a shallow stream than a road to drive down. In fact this morning, it seemed like I was more being washed down the hill than driving down it.

But is this going to get me down? Not a chance! Despite the cold and wet, this is still my favourite time of the year for sitting back in a warm house, while the rain pounds down outside, and at least with the cold weather you can keep putting on more layers until you're cosy, whereas in the summer, there's only so much you can take off before you're arrested. Damn neighbourhood watch.

The other reason I'm loving this time of year, is that the Christmas spirit is finally kicking in. I know it's commercialised, I know it's over-indulgence, and I know I'll be paying for it for months to come, but when the decorations are up and the same old Christmas songs start playing on the radio, it's impossible not to be taken in by it all.

All this, just to build up to another excuse for a list.

Top 10 Christmas Tunes on my iPod

1. Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie
2. Troika - Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
3. Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
4. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan
6. Let It Snow - Dean Martin
7. Winter Wonderland - Bing Crosby
8. White Christmas - Diana Krall
9. All I Want for Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey*
10. Jingle Bells - Diana Krall

So, now that I'm in the swing of Christmas, it's time to battle my way into London on Saturday in a desperate attempt to do all the Christmas shopping in one go, instead of leaving it to the last minute as I have every other year. That said, I can almost guarantee a last minute rush for some forgotten gift, which is after all, part of the holiday tradition!

*Ok, I'm a little ashamed of this one

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  • No, you're allowed Mariah Carey purely for the video. What is it about fit women and santa suits? It's a decent guilty pleasure.

    By Blogger Six Years Late, at 10:38 am  

  • I agree with six years - you're definitely allowed a little Mariah.

    By Blogger Jader, at 2:48 pm  

  • Ooh ooh ooh! Brenda Lee! That is one I will never turn off of the radio. An even better use of the #9 tune is in Love Actually, can't help but put a smile on your face.

    By Blogger classyandfancy, at 3:08 pm  

  • Can't believe I'd forgotten the video! Just tracked it down on YouTube, and that's made my afternoon.

    And speaking of Love Actually, the guys at work keep reminding me of what happened to the English guy who went to America. Here's hoping :D

    By Blogger Matt, at 3:30 pm  

  • Brenda Lee is a classic.
    And I too love the Sara Mc & BNL version of "God Rest..."

    I scrunch my nose at Mariah, but really, who am I to judge??

    By Blogger [Cherry] Ride, at 9:41 pm  

  • oh no shame in the Mariah song, you have to give her credit where due -- it just gives critisms more weight. Insert applause on BNL and Sara. yeahhh. A fun list -- thanks for sharing, I'm going to make sure I have them all.

    By Blogger darci ann, at 4:10 am  

  • If I say that the Mariah one is terrible that makes the vote:
    Not at all good:2


    By Blogger NAME: Dr. Kenneth Noisewater, at 1:18 am  

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