With Christmas only a few weeks away the excitement is building. I already have my decorations out of storage and they will be going up in the next 24hrs. Plans have been made for my family coming to visit and gift shopping is well under way.
There is so much to be excited about. The moment I hear the first Christmas song on the radio, that’s it, the festive season has officially begun! Do you have a favourite Christmas song or carol? I remember as a young boy singing as a chorister in my local church (actually a cathedral). I was asked one Christmas to sing a solo of ‘Oh Holy Night’ on the altar during communion. I was incredibly nervous but it was such a lovely song and it has stuck with me as my favourite Christmas carol ever since. In terms of Christmas chart toppers though I can’t forget as a young boy loving Paul McCartney’s ‘Frog Chorus’ but the one that sticks with me most has to be Band Aid, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’.
I also remember as a child, my siblings and I used to pour over the TV Times and the Radio Times planning our seasonal viewing. A lot of time and effort was put into this. First of all we only ever got the TV guides once a year, and that was at Christmas. They had some kind of mystical essence to them. Like soothsayers, they revealed all the possibilities for entertainment over Christmas and the New Year and we could actually plan our entire entertainment for two whole weeks. Ahh, the sheer unadulterated pleasure of it!
What movies to watch and when was a serious task. For me, Christmas was played out to the soundtracks of The Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – as these were always on the schedule. As I grew up though I fell in love with It’s A Wonderful Life and more recently The Family Stone. Do you have a favourite movie that really makes Christmas for you?
Then of course there was the ultimate Christmas symbol that required endless hours of consideration and discussion – Christmas presents. When I think back as a child, I can still remember very clearly individual Christmas mornings and the specific gifts I got, From my little Pinocchio toy which had elastic through its limbs and when you pressed the base it would collapse (and when you let go it would spring back up into life) to my ‘Jacko’ talking monkey (which I still possess and was only recently re-united with last summer!). There was also a Christmas Annual every year as well, did anyone else get these? We all have favourite Christmas presents we have received over the years, do you remember yours?
I so enjoyed thinking back over these fond memories that I realised I must not be alone in this and thought I would ask some of my QVC colleagues and guests about there’s. Here are some of Lulu’s favourite Christmas memories:
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I hope you make some wonderful Christmas memories this year with your friends and family that you can carry with you through the years.
Until next time,