#CC14: Merry Christmas!

It’s finally here again! Well, I say finally as though the past year has dragged, but of course the reality is that the past year has sped by.

As we open our presents, gobble on our turkey and drink far too much alcohol, let’s take a moment to reflect on why we celebrate Christmas: the birth of our Lord and saviour. So, today’s simple offering to each and every one of you is Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, performed beautifully live by Celtic Women.

A very Merry Christmas to you all!

#CC14: 1 Day to Christmas

After an extremely quick month of December, we are finally here at Christmas Eve. Tonight the big man cometh and tomorrow the gifts can be unwrapped.

As is traditional on the Countdown to Christmas, the penultimate video carries a Santa theme. This year, in recognition of my one chance to escape reality, it also carries a Disney theme. And it is, in fact, a blast from my own childhood past, as the full feature this appeared on was one I watched many a time in the lead-up to Christmas on VHS (ask your parents!).

So, with one day to go, I present to you, from the 1988 Disney Sing Along Christmas Songs, and filmed at Disneyland in California, Here Comes Santa Claus.

#CC14: 2 Days to Christmas

The excitement is reaching fever pitch with just two days to go to the big day, and on the Countdown to Christmas today we are looking forward to what presents they will be unwrapping on Christmas morning.

For some people, though, their hopes and dreams for Christmas are a lot simpler. Whether it be the gift of life for a victim of Ebola, or a lonely soul spending their third Christmas alone looking for that special someone.

Sorry, Bob, but I’d much sooner donate some actual money to an actual charity than have to suffer yet another patronising “pop song”, so today’s offering is the absolute classic from Mariah Carey, All I Want For Christmas Is You, for all of you who are searching for your one true love.

#CC14: 3 Días hasta Navidad

So far on the Countdown to Christmas, I’ve showcased some of my favourite festive comedy, lights, music and songs, but one aspect of my personality has been conspicuous in its absence. Until now.

The post title may have given you a small clue as to where this entry is going. It has been six-and-a-half years since my last Spanish lesson with Sr. Bull and two-and-a-half years since my last visit to the Iberian Peninsula, but nonetheless my love of Spain and the Spanish language has not ebbed away.

With this in mind, I present everyone’s favourite bubble with three days to Christmas. In this live performance, Michael Bublé is joined by the sensational Thalía to wish everybody Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad.

* 3 Days until Christmas, in case you hadn’t guessed…

#CC14: 4 Days to Christmas

I promised yesterday that today’s snowy offering would be more family friendly, and some of you have already guessed what that meant.

I couldn’t leave the Disney contributions to Countdown to Christmas to one (given where I spent two weeks of this past year), and, alas, that means I must return to that dark, dark world of Frozen.

However, asking you if you want to build a snowman four days before Christmas is not, in fact, the original cast, but Disney’s Circle of Stars, providing a far more upbeat, feel good version of what is, otherwise, the depressing tale of a lonely princess with unnatural powers wilfully ignoring her hyperactive and needy sister. Or, that’s the impression it leaves someone who has never actually watched the film…