“Semi – Festive” Singalong, Saturday 23rd December.

Compliments of the season, you guys. This is semi-festive only because I’m not going to limit myself to Christmas songs only….even a Christmas nut such as I am may be heading for saturation point as far as some festive ‘classics’ are concerned.

Ah, spank it, I’m gonna do wall to wall Christmas tunes. I swear, I am half elf!

Once more into the breach, dear friends!

1. We Wish You The Merriest – Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.

My gosh y’all, this is soooooo 1950s. Imagine Frankie and Bing both leaning on a fireplace, clutching a punch glass of eggnog, with a veritable chorus of cheesey girl dancers behind / in front of them, twirling incessantly and you have pretty much got it. I feel the need for a drink just to listen to it!

2. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses.

Yes!!! One of my fave Christmas songs, so fun to sing and dance along to.

So, what are you guys up to for Christmas? As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, I am up in the wild wild of Scotland, avec la famille. And so far, it’s been fun. As it’s the season, most of my friends (such as have been retained from high school) are up too, so it’s all quite relaxed and just busy enough to give me hobbies and activities apart from snacking, drinking, squabbling with my siblings and checking my myspace far too often. Not that there’s anything wrong with those hobbies, but it’s good to have other stuff on the schedule.

Wednesday was the first day back, and I barely left the house – just hung out with the sibs and reconvened the ‘laptop club’. Three young adults (can I still give myself that tag ;-)?), three laptops, a dining room table, bad TV on in the background. So lazy, so fabulous. But after a while, you do kind of want to leave the house!

3. Jingle Bells – Sammy Davis Jr.

Are you hip to what he’s jingling, pally?

Thursday I met the ever gorgeous Babev and Mr D for lunch (she reads my blog, so hello, sweetie) and then accompanied them to go and see her nephew. So cute, you guys. One of those nice meetings that slid from lunch to a donder to a visit to cocktails. I love being on break sometimes.

4. Happy Xmas (War I Over) – The Polyphonic Spree

Usually, I tend to detest reworks of classics, but this is fairly good. All together now: “War is over, if you want it….”. If only.

Thursday night was a venture to the pub. The lovely Maz passed her driving test last month (congratumalations, hon!), so I was allowed to travel in her car, the bubbleatron. Friday was yet more pub visitation. Is it any wonder Scotland is a nation of alcoholics and borderline alcoholics? All in good fun though, so it’s banter wall-to-wall.

5. Maybe At Christmas – Drugstore.

Low-fi, baby. Low-fi.

Today’s venture was to meet the gorgeous and talented Jenga for lunch in town. Jenga and I were mates at high school and recently renewed our friendship via that most noughties of methods….myspace. She’s uber-cool. We were two of the girls at school who didn’t quite fit in, weren’t quite sure we belonged, and were generally a little angsty about it – nothing much has changed but we’re just both OK with it now! I love the chats we have though – any conversation which can swing from emigration to high school crushes to musical aspirations to kissing gay men to psychohosebeasts in the space of a few minutes is worth keeping in your world, I feel. She’s mad talented also, and I realllly want to go see her band play sometime next year.

6. Christmas In New Orleans – Louis Armstrong.

It is genre-leap-tastic ce soir, non?

Tonight, I am finally going to see another friend’s band play. If you’re interested they are called Dan Against The World (and naturally, they have a myspace!) and from what I’ve heard they are pretty cool – powerpop in an Ash – Fratellis style. Review to follow, no doubt!

I haven’t been to an honest to goodness, bring-your-own-beer, crowds of local youth, small hall gig in a while.

Should be fun!

7. Winter – Tori Amos
8. The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Andy Williams
9. Santa Baby – Kylie Minogue

Sorry – phone call! Woo! Tomorrow, of course, is Christmas Eve, or as we like to say around here, the start of hibernation. Church in the morning, lunch and movies all afternoon, then I cook dinner and we all chill pre-midnight mass. Then one more sleep till Christmas!!!!!

10. Santa Baby – The Pussycat Dolls.

This is actually better than you’d think. Brass, brass, everywhere!

So I must sign off now, and go regress to my teens. All that remains is to wish you all (if Christmas is your thing) a merry, blessed and truly amazing Christmas – I hope it brings all you could wish for!

Me, I’m hoping for candy, hair I can understand, and George Clooney / Dave Grohl / a cute, kind, music nut boy.

Happy, happy Christmas!


PS Two days!


  1. Shaz
    24th December 2006 / 3:02 pm

    Merry Christmas Sweet one, Its 1am here and xmas day. Yay Yay xx

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