in Countdown to Christmas 2016

Throughout this Countdown to Christmas, I have tried to entertain and inform, with a variety of videos to suit different tastes and styles.

Today, though, I hope you will permit me a little self-indulgence as I prepare to see my fiancée again for the first time since 18 October.

Regular readers or followers of my Twitter feed will know (or at least got the hint) that the past twelve months have been shit (sorry, but there’s no other way of putting it), and I have spent the grand total of 64 days out the the 370 days since I moved back to the UK (or 17% of that time) with my bride-to-be – many of which were not “full” days due to one or both of us travelling the 870 miles (1,400km) that presently separates us.

So today’s Countdown to Christmas is another Catalan entry but, rather than focusing on Catalan culture, is a more romantic affair. The lyrics roughly translate* as follows:

Now that the night has become longer
Now that the leaves dance in the corner
Now that the streets are partying
Today the cold brings back many memories

Now that the words abound
Now that the wind blows so strong
Today I do not need to see you, or even speak
For knowing that you are by my side

It’s Christmas in my heart
When you smile happy to see me
When the night becomes colder
When you embrace my body

And the colourful lights
Light me up night and day
You light them with your smile
When you talk to me from the heart

It’s the void that is left when you get up
It’s the void that is made at home when no one is there
All we are left with are small details
Like leaving a long hair on a jumper

You said that you would never return
The pacient time has gone past
Who could have said that today you’d be waiting
That we would have found ourselves together by your side

It’s Christmas in your heart
When I smile happy to see you
When the night becomes cleaner
When I embrace your body

And the colourful lights
Light me up night and day
They light up your smile
When I talk to you from the heart

* Roughly translated by me, so apologies for any errors!

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