So it’s now officially December, which means I can belt out my favorite Christmas tunes without guilt or shame. I have my favorites – Silver Bells, O Holy Night, and I will admit, Mariah Cary’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”…
But I picked up a few more in Ireland. They don’t play “Jingle Bell Rock” a lot there, which I was most grateful for. No, at the first school Christmas concert I went to, the older kids did Slade’s “Merry Christmas Everybody” – and everyone sang along. Because people like to sing along with songs in Ireland. I liked that about living there.
And then last year, it was Mim’s class’s turn to sing this song – apparently it was the traditional 6th class Christmas song. That year, I knew the lyrics.
The video from “Tops of the Pops 1973” is hilarious. If you can get past the singer’s most fabulous mutton chops, check out the guitar players outfits. They are…yeah.
And then there’s this song, which if you just listen to, sounds all that is cute and Christmas…but the actual band is…what was going on in the UK in the 70’s anyway?
Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
I think this next one could be the ultimate cheesy Christmas song, except that it totally grew on me (and I’m realizing that so far, these were the songs at the school Christmas concert…so much better than that “Up on the Rooftop” song, let me tell you…)
Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
They also love Wham’s “Last Christmas” over there in Dublin, or at least give it a lot of air time. But I actually loathe the song so I’m going to skip it.
However, I will bring you something better – Enya singing “Silent Night” in Irish (the video was made in Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin)
They also, like us, played “Do They Know it’s Christmas” – so many mullets in this video – I personally like to belt out Bono’s line –
It wouldn’t be an Irish list without a little U2 either –
But the one that will always take me back to Dublin is The Pogue’s Fairytale of New York – a song about finding love, which turns to hate, and ending up in jail. Actually, the song starts in jail, then love, then hate, the loss of dreams, and a very dedicated NYPD choir. Okay, it’s not very Christmassy at all – and yet, there it is. It’s played on the radio, in shops, but not at school Christmas concerts. And I totally love it. But you may not want to play it around small children.
And that is my Irish Christmas Songlist. A nice break from the 14 different versions of “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, don’t you think?