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Monday Mood:16.12.19 Christmas musical memories by Eliza

Festive greetings to you! 🎄

The festive songs continue for Monday Mood and with Christmas just nine days away, I’m hoping you are all starting to feel the Christmas spirit.

Christmas music comprises of so many different genres. The songs I shared last week have remained ever popular. As the old cliche goes, ‘ Christmas comes just once a year’ – but it has truly inspired an extensive selection of seasonal tunes and a chain of timeless classics.

I asked last week, what do Christmas songs mean to you? What songs remind you of your childhood? What songs have you traditionally continued to play over the years? I’ll be randomly tagging names into this post as we want to hear from you!

But firstly, I want to transport you further back in time to the forties, fifties and early sixties.

For me, Christmas memories were of my Father singing. I’m not sure he ever drew a breath quite frankly! He sang constantly. My Father trained as an opera singer from the age of thirteen and my early memories of Christmas as a child growing up in the seventies and into adulthood in the eighties were of him singing ‘White Christmas’ and ‘The Christmas Song’ with my Mother, as they were being played repeatedly on the cassette deck, in the background, as my Mother was cooking the Christmas dinner.

Other wonderful Christmas chestnuts are ‘Winter Wonderland’, a song written in 1934, attracting over 200 covers; ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ (1963), performed by Andy Williams; ‘Jingle Bells’ (1948), sung by crooner Frank Sinatra and ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ (1957), sung by Bobby Helms.

But today, I couldn’t let this week pass without songs performed by Judy Garland, The Andrew Sisters, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Dean Martin.

Enjoy these timeless classics.

Until next week!
Eliza x

Judy Garland – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (1944)

Bing Crosby – White Christmas (1942)

The Andrew Sisters – Sleigh Ride (1950)

Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (1959)

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (1961)

NB: The years reflect the song release or film release and not the year they were composed.