#CC18: 11 Days to Christmas

Today is Christmas Jumper Day.

Up and down the country, children will be heading into school and adults into work in their most festive woollen attire in aid of Save The Children.

And they usually have one thing in common. No, not the people, but the jumpers: they are usually hideous.

In recognition of this, on today’s Countdown to Christmas we have Rebecca Zamolo lamenting just how ugly the things are, in an oddly upbeat manner.

And me? I have a perfectly-timed day off work today. However, I will be sporting my usual Gills-themed jumper at the office Christmas meal this evening.

Well, someone has to, I suppose!

#CC18: 12 Days to Christmas

It is somewhat traditional for me to include a version of one of my favourite pieces of music in the Countdown: the Carol of the Bells.

One of the (many) beauties of this tune is that there are simply so many different versions one can choose from, that even if I ran this series every year for the rest of my life, I would not have to use the same video twice.

This year’s offering, though, is a little different.

Yes, it’s (sort of) upbeat, but it’s also (probably) the creepiest video I’ve ever included in this series, drawing inspiration from the frankly terrifying Five Nights at Freddy’s computer game. If you don’t think you’re up to playing the creep-fest to find out just how terrifying it is, you can always watch other people playing it to get a taste instead.

Luckily, this video is only three minutes or so long – players of the game have to endure five “nights” of the nightmare-inducing visuals. That said, given the amount of FNaF content available on the interwebs, this might not be the last time we see the killer animatronics on the Countdown.

Sweet dreams…

Ok, ok, if you want to cleanse your mind with something slightly more sedate, feel free to take a fresh look at the video I posted on Saturday of the London Catalan Choir performing the same song in a much more traditional way.

#CC18 – Countdown to Christmas 2018

12 days. 12 videos. 1 new hashtag. It’s nearly time for the Countdown to Christmas!

It’s that time of year again when I bring you the best of YouTube to countdown to the most wonderful day of the year.

And given everything that has happened this year, this Countdown is, perhaps, as much about trying to persuade myself that it really is the most wonderful day of the year as it is about building the excitement for each and every single one of you.

As always, the Countdown will start on 13 December, so check back then for some festive treats in English, Catalan and more!

To whet your appetite in the meantime, I’ll leave you with a video which succinctly reflects my current outlook on the whole affair, as I try to go from planning a hibernation from Christmas Eve to 2019, to finding the Christmas spirit once again.