Advent Calendar 2021 – Christmas Day ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿ‘ผ

Well, the big day is finally here, so this will be my last selection for this year’s Advent Calendar. Thank you for visiting: whether you have been with me for all of the posts so far or whether this is your first, I’m pleased to see you. And the wonders of technology mean that all of the previous posts are there for you to binge on when Christmas tv and the family get too much for you! There are two songs without which my Christmas Day wouldn’t be complete, so I’ll be playing both of them today, along with three that I haven’t shared before, though two of the acts are return visitors.

My first song for today is one which speaks so much about the beauty of Christmas:

Apologies for the audio-only version, but that was only ever an album track, as you can see, so no video has been made for it. The song is wonderful, though, and is one of those that I never tire of hearing. If you’ve been here before you will know that I am a big fan of Mary Chapin Carpenter, and her lovely warm, welcoming voice is so suited to songs like this. This isn’t actually one of her own songs – it was written by Robin and Linda Williams, a husband and wife folk music duo from Virginia. Not THAT Robin Williams, though! The album Come Darkness, Come Light was released in late September 2008, and reached #155 on the US albums chart, #30 in the Country chart, and #7 on the Holiday albums list.

The new addition to my Advent Calendar roster have a song in similar vein:

That is a track on the Moody Blues’ album December, released in October 2003. It is a Christmas-themed album, and was the band’s final record – and the first since their 1965 debut to include any songs not written by them. This one is a John Lodge/Justin Hayward song, with a tune you may well recognise: Bach’s Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring. The album didn’t make the charts, but I still think this is a lovely song, and the animation goes well with it.

The first of the two returning acts were here just a couple of days ago, but as they missed out on Day 6, when I shared a selection of versions of this song, I wanted to bring you their take on it. As usual, they add something:

They can always be relied on for an injection of humour into their music, and I hope you took up their invitation to join in with the singing!

I wanted to include another Christmas Carol on Christmas Day, and this one was released ten days ago, just in time for me to play it for you:

This was a track on Blackmore’s Night‘s album Winter Carols, which was originally released in October 2006 but has recently enjoyed its third reissue, which this video and the one I shared on Day 5 are promoting. As I mentioned previously, the original release charted at #74 in Germany, at #56 in Japan, and at #7 on the Billboard New Age chart – a new one on me. Simple Gifts is a Shaker song, written in 1848, which Sydney Carter then blended into his hymn The Lord Of The Dance, which he wrote in 1963. It has a strong traditional feel to it, and I’ve always liked it.

So, after a marathon for me of twenty five consecutive days of posts, we reach the final song of this year’s Advent Calendar. For anyone who knows my musical tastes and has been thinking “surely he isn’t going to leave it out” I bring you:

You didn’t really think I’d forgotten it, did you? This song, written by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan of The Pogues, was originally released in November 1987 and peaked at #2 that year. It was prevented from being the Christmas Number One by The Pet Shop Boys’ dreadful synth-based rending of Always On My Mind, which was a beautiful Willie Nelson song until they got hold of it and murdered it. Still, Kirsty – who is much missed – and The Pogues have probably had the last laugh, as the song has reached the Christmas charts here in the UK on a further nineteen occasions since then, including an unbroken run since 2005. In this year’s Christmas chart, which was announced yesterday, it is spending its third week at #7. Over the years it has totted up a total on 112 weeks in the UK charts, but I still think it was robbed by never being #1! It also featured on The Pogues’ 1988 album If I Should Fall From Grace With God, which peaked at #3 in the UK and at #88 in the US, though it has never been a hit single in the States. Come to that, none of their other records have been, either.

A quick final note on that new Christmas singles chart. By my count, around sixty of the top hundred are Christmas songs, including a number of re-releases which have sneaked in for the last chart before Christmas. In addition to The Pogues, the chart includes songs I’ve shared this month by Wizzard, Slade, John Lennon, The Ronettes, Jona Lewie, Mud, The Pretenders, Chuck Berry, The Darkness, Bruce Springsteen, Chris de Burgh, and Greg Lake. So it appears that my choices are more mainstream than I thought, as thirteen have been chart hits again this year, as well as a further six songs for which I’ve given you cover versions. I must try harder next year! But whatever I do, rest assured that there will never be any Cliff Richard or Mariah Carey here: there are limits, you know!

That brings this year’s music to a conclusion. I hope that you have enjoyed at least some of the eighty songs and other assorted videos that have appeared here in the past twenty five days. All that remains is for me to thank everyone who has viewed, liked, commented on any of these posts – I really do appreciate your support, and I will be back again on Tuesday for a seasonal return of Tuesday Tunes. I hope to see you again then. Before I go, one final thought for the day:

I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿ‘ผโ˜ƒ๏ธ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ๐Ÿช…๐Ÿ‘‘๐ŸŽŠ

29 thoughts on “Advent Calendar 2021 – Christmas Day ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿ‘ผ

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  2. I should have known MCC would be part of your finale – great song, and she has such a great voice.

    loved the video that went with the Moody Blues song – nice addition to your lineup.

    fun video with the Ukeleles, seems like they really enjoy themselves…

    I also liked the Blackmores song. perfect for the holiday.

    perfect song to close with – it’s also one of my favorite Christmas tunes. (I think thanks to you sharing it in prior years). As an aside, my wife and I rewatched the Christmas episode of Ted Lasso (season 2, episode 4), and this song is briefly playing in the background…

    I quite enjoyed your Advent calendar, thanks for putting it together. I hope it becomes an annual tradition!

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    • She was always going to be there! There are twelve tracks on that album so I think I was quite restrained in only playing one!

      The Moody Blues one was a lucky find. I knew the album and the song but hadnโ€™t seen that video before. If you borrow a tune from Bach youโ€™re on a winner to start with, anyway.

      The UOGB put fun at the centre of everything they do. Very talented musicians, and their live shows are amazing.

      I agree on the Blackmore one too – lovely little video for a very well known tune.

      The Pogues was another that was never going to be left out. For us in the UK that is now an integral part of our musical Christmas.

      I remember that Ted Lasso episode. Like all the others, it was great, and it rather proves my point about The Pogues!

      Iโ€™m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for being with it all the way through, it is hugely appreciated. As for it becoming an annual eventโ€ฆ far too early to say!

      Enjoy the rest of your Christmas, Jim ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. On A Quiet Christmas Morn is new to me – how lovely! I’ve only heard Fairytale of New York once or twice this year, which makes a change; some years it seems to be everywhere!

    Thanks for sharing so many gems, Clive. Enjoy the rest of Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Iโ€™m pleased you like that one: a lovely song from one of my favourites. Her voice is beautiful, and she writes songs to match.

      It wouldnโ€™t be Christmas without the Pogues, would it! Iโ€™m glad you enjoyed them, Jacob. Enjoy the rest of your Christmas too ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. Thanks for a great last day of Christmas music. I really did wonder if you would include the Pogues. Such a terrific song. Simple Gifts Lord of the Dance was very good as well. Iยดve just washed the 5th batch of dishes and am relaxing with a glass of wine. The trifle went over very well and I think we will have another bowl with a cup of tea soon. Itยดs a lot of work but worth it. Of course, Iยดm not cooking again for about a week. Lots of leftovers! Hope you had a good day! Merry Christmas.

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    • Thank you, Darlene. Iโ€™ve really appreciated your support all the way through this. As for the Pogues, it was a case of โ€˜keep them waiting and leave the best for last.โ€™ It was always going to be here!

      It sounds as though youโ€™ve been very busy but it was all in a good cause. That glass of wine is well deserved! Iโ€™m sure the trifle was good – you have a great recipe for it.

      Iโ€™ve had a quiet, lazy day, watching Love Actually earlier, Morecambe and Wise now. With chocolate ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Merry Christmas to you too ๐ŸŽ…

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      • We had Paulยดs parents over for Christmas dinner and they enjoyed it. Iยดm glad we did it as they are getting on and I donยดt think there will be many more for them. I tried to make things they like. The wine went down well. Glad you had a quiet day.

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      • It sounds lovely, and itโ€™s good they enjoyed it. Thatโ€™s always a worry with parents, isnโ€™t it.

        Quiet is the way I like it. Iโ€™m not allowed alcohol but was gifted some non-alcoholic beer, which went straight into the fridge for tomorrow! Enjoy the rest of the day ๐Ÿ˜Š


  5. My Favourite today is “The Pogues” and yes it’s a shame they have never been at #1 they fully deserve to be but never say never…Jingle Bells was also worth a listen so funny good choice Clive …I hope you have a joyous Christmas Day..ours is nearly over and I am relaxing and checking out some blog posts …Merry Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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