Winter is a harsh mistress, casting her sharp winds throughout the northern hemisphere and freezing out any summer memories our pale white bodies grasped this past year, and stealing away the warm blanket of the sun in exchange for her all-powerful arctic acropolis.
This time of year is dreary, dull and dismal, no man can stand to deny that, but Winter, just like her sisters, Summer, Autumn and Spring, is for-filled with such a indescribable beauty.
A beauty in the color of pale white – fresh snow fallen onto cracked pavements and hanging from weary and rotten oak-trees upon the ground, crisp tints of cherry red and Cadillac green, the glow of velvet textured mulled wine with cinnamon spice and the paint of an old faux Christmas tree, dug out your frozen conservatory.
For these early December days do not just signify the beginning of cold mornings, scraping ice away from your car window, trying not to slip and slide across the ice-rink like streets on your way to work, these days represent the beginning of your Christmas Festivities, your invitation to indulgence and anticipation, a personal starting light, taking you into frosty nights by the fireside with song and delight.. not to forget that cheesy high-street jumper your mum bought you last year, Tis the season to be jolly… tis the season to juice yourself up on warm whiskey and sounds of serenity…
If you haven’t already got your Santa Socks on and sorted out your own festive mix-tape of gladness and good-cheer, fear not! For here we have listen 25 of the Greatest Christmas Classics.. guaranteed to make even Ebenezer Scrooge’s cheeks turn from white to red.
25 QUINTESSENTIAL CHRISTMAS CRACKERS
1. Paul McCartney & Wings – Wonderful Christmas Time
2. John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Happy Xmas (War Is over)
3. Bing Crosby – White Christmas
4. Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock
5. Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas
6. Otis Redding – Merry Christmas, Baby
7. Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everday
8. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas
9. Chris De Burgh – A Spaceman Came Travelling
10. The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
11. Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
12. Bing Crosby – Do You Hear What I Hear
13. Elton John – Step Into Christmas
14. Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
15. Andy Williams – The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
16. Darlene Love – Winter Wonderland
17. George Micheal & Wham – Last Christmas
18. Dean Martin – Let It Snow, Let It Snow
19. The Crystals – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
20. Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians – Twas The Night Before Christmas
21. Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
22. Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas
23. Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York
24. Boney M – Marys Boy Child
25. Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas
Check out the Christmas classic that is ‘Fairytale of New York’ below and make sure you check out the remaining 24 on our list this December while you celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!
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